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Glenn Davies Willis

November 22, 2023


Glenn Davies Willis, 73, of Alexandria, VA, passed away Wednesday, November 22, 2023 of acute kidney disease which he fought for 8 months. He was born in Washington, DC and is preceded in death by his parents Jack Barker Willis, Mary Elizabeth Woods Willis and brother Jeffrey Barker Willis.

Glenn is survived by his wife of 53 years, Lucy Carol Lyons Willis; daughter Tanya Marie Willis Anderson (Martin); son Will Whitman Willis (Ashley) and three grandsons; Benjamin Samuel Anderson, Zachary Joseph Anderson, and Finnley Lyons Greer Willis. Also survived by sister Sherie Willis Lewis and brothers Timothy Willis (JoAnne) and Gilbert Willis (Mary) as well as nieces Amy Lewis Gambill and Brie Willis Floyd; nephews Thurston Willis and Gus Willis. 

He loved being a grandfather and was the best 'Umpa' to his grandsons who adored him. Glenn showed compassion to everyone and even from an early age was participating in his church, at his schools and in the community of Old Town Alexandria where he grew up. He gained notoriety as a talented and winning Coxswain for TC Williams HS champion Rowing Crew Team. He sailed the Potomac River since childhood and also taught sailing as an adult. He worked for Volvo of America as first a Parts Rep, Service Rep and finally Sales Rep for the East Coast Volvo Dealers. After 12 years he moved on to working for Fairfax Government as a Safety Specialist eventually retiring as a Fire Marshall Inspector for Fairfax County. 

He found total joy in buying old Volvos and European cars having them restored and then selling. His passion was sailing and docked his sailboat in the Washington Marina. He was on an adult ice hockey team and impressed all with his backward skating - and thrilled to actually play between periods during a Washington Capitals Game. He loved riding his Fuji bike. He was never without a story from his lifetime experiences and would go off in long side-stories! Glenn was supportive, loving, strong, curious, funny and fun. As the life of a party he would always greet you at the door and walk you to the car when you left. 

Glenn was loved well, a treasure to his family and will be forever missed. 

Funeral services for Glenn will be held at 11am, Saturday , December 16th 2023, at Heritage Presbyterian Church, 8503 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria, VA  22308. Burial will be at Ivy Hill cemetery.

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Funeral Service
December 16, 2023

11:00 AM
Heritage Presbyterian Church
8503 Fort Hunt Rd
Alexandria, VA 22308


Ivy Hill Cemetery
2823 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22302


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