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Dr. Calvin Johnson Willis

August 6, 1936 — January 4, 2021

Dr. Calvin Johnson Willis

Dr. Calvin Johnson Willis of Halifax, VA passed away January 4, 2021.  He was born in Crewe, VA on August 6, 1936 and was 84 years of age. He was the son of the late Calvin Stuart Willis and the late Virginia Francis Johnson Willis. He was married to Elizabeth "Betty" Maxey Willis who survives.


Dr. Willis graduated from Crewe High School in 1953 and he attended Duke University and the Medical College of Virginia obtaining the MD Degree in 1960. Completing his internship in Richmond, VA he entered the Naval School of Aviation Medicine in Pensacola, FL, being designated as a Naval Flight Surgeon and served from 1962-1963, afterwards he was assigned to the 2nd Marine Air Wing, Marine Corps Air Station, New River, NC. He resigned his commission in 1965, and entered the private practice of General Medicine in his home town of Crewe, VA. Closing his office in 1970, he returned to MCV for a residency in Diagnostic Radiology. In 1973 he joined the Staff of Halifax Regional Hospital as a Radiologist, practicing there until his retirement in 1996.  Just short of twenty of these years were spent practicing with the best partner anyone could have, Dr. Dennis Stanley of Halifax, VA.

He was a “Master Mason”, a member of “The Chapter”, a “Knights Templar” of the York Rite of Masonry. His interests in genealogy led to memberships in the “Society of the War of 1812 in Virginia”, the Sons of the American Revolution and the “Jamestown Society”. 


Dr. Calvin Johnson Willis is survived by:

His wife and best friend

Betty Maxey Willis

His Children and Step-children

Pamela Willis Jenkins and husband Sam of Leesburg

Calvin Stuart Willis, II and wife Linda of Leesburg

Shannon May W. Nivens husband Scott of Lynchburg

Kathy D. Bane and husband Woody of Halifax

Sarah O’Toole and husband Mike of Lynchburg

Thirteen Grandchildren and Step-grandchildren

Seven Great grandchildren and Step great grandchildren



***Preceded in death by***

His Daughter

Faith Pendleton Collings and her husband Richard Collings


A graveside service with Masonic and Military Rites will be held Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. at St. John’s Episcopal Church Cemetery with Rev. Tim Jones officiating. In keeping with CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19, we recommend the wearing of face mask and social distancing.


For memorials, please consider Sentara Halifax Hospice, 2204 Wilborn Ave., South Boston, VA 24592 or the Salvation Army, 2215 Park Ave, Lynchburg, VA 24501.


Online condolences may be directed to


Arrangements are by: Powell Funeral Home, 1603 Wilborn Ave., South Boston, VA 24592.

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Graveside Service

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

St. Johns Episcopal Church

197 Mountain Rd, Halifax, VA 24558

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