Terry M. Willis

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Terry M. Willis (Age 57)

Of Centreville, VA, passed away suddenly on May 14, 2007 at his residence. Loving husband of Debbie Williams; devoted father of Stephen Willis and Kaleigh Williams.

Another memorial service will be scheduled at a later date in Scottsdale, AZ. Contributions may be made to the Terry Willis Memorial Fund, c/o Vienna Presbyterian Church.

Funeral Home:

Money & King Funeral Home

171 W. Maple Ave.

Vienna, VA

US 22180

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Memories Timeline


  1. Terry was a wonderful man and will be sorely missed, but our Heavenly Father needed him more. A remembrance: about a week ago, Terry — an elder at Vienna Pres — examined my son for Vienna Pres’s Confirmation Class. In character for Terry, everything Terry had to say was uplifting and inspiring. Terry will be missed.

  2. There aren’t words sufficient to express how sad and sorrowful I am at Terry’s passing. We can honor and remember him through his kindness, generosity, concern for others, friendliness and servant heart. Terry was and will always be so very special.

  3. I will always remember Terry’s smile which gave such a warm welcome. His faith and sharing his love of God with others was certainly exhibited in our Be.rean class. My prayers are with the family during this loss.

  4. We’ve lost a godly leader who was given many gifts and served as a very effective ambassador for Christ in this world. Every word I heard him speak was full of wisdom. He will be sorely missed. Jesus weeps with Debbie, his family and us.

  5. I joined the Williams family last August by my marriage to Jim (Debbie’s widowed father), now so soon we have to say good-bye to Terry. I had the fortune of meeting Terry while we were in VA while traveling on our honeymoon. Terry took Jim and I on a wonderful tour of Washington DC one evening, especially the World War II memorial. We have some very treasured photos of our tour that evening and of our visit with Debbie, Terry, and Kaliegh. God bless the Willis family with much comfort and strength during this very hard part of our life here on earth. We rejoice because Terry was a believer in Christ Jesus, and that we were able to know him and have him as part of our earthly family. Jim and Janis Williams, Jr

  6. Debbie, in the midst of your deep grief, how wonderful is the consolation that Terry is in the arms of our Lord. Once in Bible study you mentioned that Terry knew all the Biblical verses–and where they were located. He was and is a man of God. Know that you are in the hearts and prayers of so many who care about you. Joan

  7. Debbie, our hearts go out to you and your family during this difficult time. Kristy, Brianna and I had the pleasure of getting to know both of you over the past 2 years. We really appreciate Terry taking some time to talk with Kristy about her accounting work, and baby Brianna loved being held by both of you. Please let me know what we can do to help you and your family. Our prayers go out to you and your family. Love, Jeff, Kristy and Brianna

  8. Dear Debbie and family, Terry was one of the very first people to welcome me to VPC. And one of the first to not ask but tell me he expected me to join the VPC family! I will miss his smile, wisdom, and love for Christ and the VPC family. I have been blessed to know him even if it was for such a short time. My heart goes out to you. You and your family will be in my prayers.

  9. Since the first day I met Terry I knew he was a perfect match for my sister Debbie. He was always very kind, intelligent and was a great conversationalist. He was always there for our family during the good times and the bad and he will be deeply missed. I was very fortunate to have him as my brother-in-law. My heart goes out to my sister Debbie, Kaleigh, Stephen and all of Terry’s family during this difficult time. Regards, Charlie Williams

  10. My wife and I were fortunate to lead a “small group” in a new member class at VPC a couple of years ago that included Terry & Debbie Willis. We were impressed by them right away. Debbie had already joined the Sanctuary Choir, which my wife is a member of. As we were both “choir widowers”, Terry and I got to know each other better in a short time. Then suddenly he was elected as an elder and we often sat together in Session meetings. Terry was no shrinking violet — he spoke his mind, and he always explained “opinions”. His leadership at VPC will be sorely missed. Duane and Rachel Wills

  11. We met Terry and Debbie at our class to become new members at VPC. Right away, Terry and Debbie, took an interest in our daughter Trisha, who is a member of the VPC, Friendship Class. Terry always would seek Trisha out and ask her how she was doing which made her feel good about herself knowing that he cared enough about her to come to her and ask how she felt. He would always see us and tell us when he wasn’t going to be at church so Trisha wouldn’t be worried about him or Debbie. Trisha told us last night when we told her that Terry had passed away that “now I have another angel in heaven watching over me with Jesus.” We will miss his friendship but know he is now at peace with God.

  12. I think of Terry as a rock, just as Peter was a rock in the New Testament–very solid and with his strength in Jesus. Soon after I heard of his passing from this earth, I had a mental picture of Terry in a deep discussion with Jesus. To Debbie and family–this has got to be such an incredibly difficult time for you. Know that you are surrounded and supported by your church family and friends. We love you, and pray for and with you. In Christ’s love, Maggie Karnis

  13. I am so thankful I met Terry. I will always remember him as one of those special people who has a tremendous and positive impact on people around him. As a recent transplant to NOVA and new member to VPC, Terry reached out to encourage me both in my spiritual calling and my professional life. Terry impressed me with his wisdom, kindness, and passion for evangelism. What an awesome disciple of Christ. He has fought the good fight, he has finished the race, and he has kept the faith. Debbie, I am keeping you and your family in my prayers.

  14. To a man who truly touched every ones heart that he met. Terry was someone who made time for anyone in need, and enjoyed the opportunity to always help out.I will truly miss him.

  15. As we say good-bye to our remarkable friend, we are left with wonderful memories. His great wit, incredible intellect, love for his family and zest for life are the qualities that defined him. He will be missed. Floyd,Linda, and Amanda houdashell

  16. Debbie and family, Terry reminded us what Jesus would do for those who were without, whether in Sunday School discussion, conversation at a party, or by example. Terry became an elder at VPC the same time I came on as a deacon. He talked with me about giving to the poor, no questions asked and God would do the rest. The best lesson for a newby deacon, I’ve never forgotten Terry’s wise, caring instruction by his words and deeds. I will miss a wonderful friend. God surround you with peace this day and in the days ahead.

  17. Terry was a great addition to VPC! He brought a very straightforward and articulate approach, blended with great kindness and attention to individuals. He was a man of action, and great desire to exert himself for others and for the common good. We’ve lost a real leader and friend. Love and comfort to Debbie, and to all in Terry’s family.

  18. Debbie, I’m so sorry for the loss of your husband, Terry. Everyone was very surprised. We will miss him. Gladys Millington Sunday School Class

  19. Terry you will be missed and we know that God has a plan for you! Thanks for touching all of our lives in the Williams family! I wish Andrew got to meet you, but I will tell him about you, and Brandon wants to let you know how much he loves the baseball glove you sent him a few months back and he misses you too! We love you and miss you so much!!!!!! The Williams Gang!

  20. Words cannot describe how much Terry meant to our family, the memories we have shared with Terry we will hold deep in our hearts. We were so excited to spend the Thanksgiving Holiday in VA with My sister Debbie and Terry. They were incredible hosts and Terry made sure our time there was special. He spent time talking with Zach about the many differences between the animals at the DC Zoo, ensured he made it to Dicks’s sporting goods to climb the rock wall and always set goals for Zach to achieve higher standards in school, Terry and Scott went fishing which was Terry’s favorite thing to do and Baby A just adored her Uncle Terry, she will hold her baby panda he gave her close to her heart. She will always remember his loving kisses and hugs. This is just one example of the many memories we have shared with Terry and Debbie. As for me this is a very difficult time for me because Terry was one awesome brother in law, we spent many days just chatting about life and work, he always had time to talk and I had the privelege of having another one of those great conversations with him the day he passed. We will never forget how much fun he was to be with on vacation! His smile will always be watching over us from Heaven, We miss you Terry! Love, The Geilenfeld Family

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