November 28, 2020

Mrs. Marilena Henry Willoughby

le0042331-1_20160103Marilena Henry Willoughby, age 94, of Smith’s Station, AL passed away January 1, 2016 at her home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., January 6, 2016 at Midway Baptist Church, Smith’s Station, AL with Reverend Jeff Dravenstott and Reverend Wayne Ivey officiating.

The family will receive friends Tuesday evening, January 5, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m. (EST) at the funeral home.

Mrs. Willoughby was born November 11, 1921 in Roanoke, AL to the late Winston D. Henry and Maggie Smith Pittman Henry. She was a charter member of Midway Baptist Church since 1970.

Mrs. Willoughby was noted for all the cards and her faithfulness to the Lord, and to Midway Baptist Church. She retired from Cobb Hospital after a wonderful 18 year career as a nursing assistant and went on to continue her career as a caregiver with the Phenix City Health Department.

Mrs. Willoughby was known far and wide as Mama Willoughby and her love of mankind was legendary. If you knew her, she has probably kissed your hand, sent you a birthday card, and made sure you knew about her wonderful Jesus.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Willoughby was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph “Joe” Y. Willoughby; son, Larry Joe “Joey” Willoughby; one grandson, Robert “Robby” Wayne Gooden Willoughby; son-in-law, Steven Wright; four brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include two daughters, Marie Wright of LaGrange, GA and Linda Willoughby of Phenix City, AL; two grandchildren, Joseph Jay Y. Willoughby and his fiance’ Brandy Crowe of Phenix City, and Laurie Kirk of LaGrange, GA; four great-grandchildren, Kristie Kirk and her fiance’ Victor Thomaston of Franklin, GA, and Ryan Bass of Franklin, GA, Preston Joe Willoughby and Leianna Marie Thacker; two great-great-grandchildren, Alexa Thomaston and Anistyn Thomaston; many other relatives and friends.

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