May 7, 2012

Celebration of a Birthday & a life........

I wanted to write about my fabulous weekend with the Girl Scouts. I wanted to write about my amazing lesson. I wanted to share pictures of me doing flips on the bungee jump......

But instead I need to dedicate this space to the birthday of an amazing man, friend, father, brother, son, race car driver.... I was so blessed to have known you, to have learned from you, to have basked in your joy for life, to join in your family, and have been called your friend. Happy 40th big guy! We all still miss you everyday and think of you always.

James Lowell Willis

Jim Willis, died suddenly of an unknown cause on Thursday, May 6, 2010. Jim was born on May 7, 1972 in Red Bank, NJ. He grew up in Red Bank and Little Silver, NJ surrounded by extended family. He loved going to the beach, playing football and pulling pranks with his friends. He was a 1990 graduate of Red Bank Regional High School. He attended college at Salisbury State University, receiving a B.S. in 1996, with a major in Geography and a minor in Political Science. Jim married Jenni Wernli on October 26, 2002. They started their life together in Red Bank, NJ and moved to Holly Springs, NC in 2005 to raise their family and be closer to the North Carolina racing scene. Jim loved auto racing, starting his driving career in 1991 by winning the Wall Stadium Pro Stock Division Rookie of the Year. He raced and built racecars with his father. His entire family was involved and supported his love and dream. Through the years, he competed in numerous circuits including various NASCAR Modified Tour series, the New York State Race of Champions Tour and Wall Stadium, Flemington and New Smyrna Modified events. Jim worked as the Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Supervisor for Chatham County, ensuring compliance with North Carolina erosion and sedimentation laws. In 2008, under his guidance the program won the North Carolina Sedimentation Control Commission Best Small Program award. While Jim had many talents, his greatest joy and accomplishment was his family. He adored his wife, Jenni, and their three children, Keara, Jasper and Oliver. He was a loving, involved parent who reveled in teaching Keara about nature, building train tracks with Jasper in the living room and cuddling his newborn son, Oliver while singing Bob Marley. Jim was surrounded by friends, always known for his quick smile, humor and wit. He was a warm, kind, generous man who was easy to talk to and immediately liked by all who were lucky enough to meet him.
Jim is survived by his wife, Jennifer Anne (Wernli) Willis, and three children, Keara Dane, Jasper Aden and Oliver Finn Willis of Holly Springs, NC; parents, Dean and Elizabeth Willis of Fuquay-Varina, NC; sister, Elizabeth Riggleman and her husband, Timothy, of Little Silver, NJ and three nieces, Elizabeth, Alexis and Bailey.

1 comment:

  1. How do you comment to such a beautiful and touching post? Prayers are with his family and friends in their time of rememberence:)