Fred Walker Willoughby, 96, of Lovingston, died on Monday, June 3, 2019, at the Hospice of the Piedmont Acute Care Center in Charlottesville, after a brief and sudden illness. Fred was born on September 26, 1922, on Dutch Creek (Elma Community) of Shipman. He was a World War II Navy Veteran, a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Lovingston since 1954 and a former member of the former Montreal Baptist Church at Shipman. Fred retired as a Laboratory Technician from the American Cyanamid Plant at Piney River. He attended the original Nelson County Elementary School in the Village of Lovingston and received his High School Diploma at the age of sixteen. He worked the farm alongside his siblings and parents using mules and as well operated their logging business on the family farm on Dutch Creek of Nelson County. Fred was an avid Historian and keeper of memorial records dating back into the early eighteen hundreds. He serviced the Nelson County Courts for many years as their jury selector and this he was very proud of and very willing to comply. He along with his late wife Hilda Dodd Willoughby (Postmaster of Lovingston) spent many years and hundreds of miles of travel while square dancing with the Grand Squares of Nelson. After Hilda's death he continued to travel to Waynesboro to dance every Friday night. There was very little that Fred did not know about the history and people of Nelson County dating back well into the seventeenth century and his shelves full of these records will live on for future generations. Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Florie Willoughby; one brother, Alfred Jackson Willoughby; one sister, Dorothy W. Griffin; and his beloved wife, Hilda Dodd Willoughby. He is survived by three nephews, Linwood Willoughby of Moneta, and Gordon and Alfred Willoughby of Roanoke; and one niece, Shelva Jean Willoughby of Schackleford, Va. He is also survived by his wife's siblings, Lucy Dodd Campbell of Madison Heights, Kathleen Dodd Wall of Henderson, NC., Polly Dodd Toth of Wickliffe, Ohio, Genevieve Dodd Byers of Forest Hill, Md., Audrey Dodd Bell of Lynchburg, Juliette Dodd Hughes of Manassas, Claude Malcolm Dodd of Nellysford, Edward H. Dodd of Lovingston, and Phillip Dodd of Afton. He is also survived by several cousins and great-nephews and nieces. A special thanks to his close friend and housekeeper for over thirty years, Mrs. Julia Brown of Lovingston, as well as his special cousin, Janice Hatton of Forest for her care and devotion. A funeral service will be held on Friday, June 7, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Lovingston, with Pastor Jeremy Humphrey and Pastor John Campbell officiating. Interment will follow beside his dear wife Hilda at Mountain View Cemetery in Lovingston. Pallbearers will be the Deacon Staff of Calvary Baptist Church. Fred's remains will lie in repose at Calvary Baptist Church where friends will be received on Thursday, June 6, 2019, from 6 until 8 p.m. Fred's request was that memorials take the form of contributions to Calvary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 264, Lovingston, VA 22949, or Lovingston Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 6, Lovingston, VA 22949. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Wells/Sheffield Funeral Chapel of Lovingston (434-263-4097).
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