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Harold Willey

Harold Lloyd Willey, 93, of Griffith Neck passed away peacefully on August 14, 2017 at his home with his loving family by his side.

Born July 21, 1924 to Henry Lloyd and Nora Willey, Harold lived his entire life on the family farm. He considered himself blessed to have lived with members of seven generations of his family. Harold attended the local schools in Dorchester County. Harold was a lifelong farmer. He worked part time as a hunting guide, drove produce trucks for other farmers and in the winter months worked for Phillips Oil Company. In the mid-1960s, he began to work at the Eastern Shore Rendering Company along with his wife, the former Lorraine Bradshaw, whom he married in June 1944. For the remainder of his working years, he balanced both careers, never straying far from his family’s farm.

Harold was very active and well known in his community. He didn’t have to know you to stop and talk with you. Harold enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest. A son of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, he enjoyed spending time with family, hunting, fishing, gardening, dancing, motorcycles, reading and telling jokes and stories. His favorite book was “It Happened in Dorchester” which included a story about the Griffith House located, on the family farm.

He was a 32nd degree member of Cambridge Lodge No. 66 A.F. & A.M.., member of the Scottish Rite and Boumi Shriners, Tall Cedars, BPO Elks Lodge #1272, Cambridge Moose Lodge #1211, Bucktown Church and a honorary member of the Cambridge Rescue Fire Dept..

Surviving is his son Richard Willey of East New Market; grandsons Chuck (Bonnie) Wright of Hudson, Bryan Willey of Salisbury; granddaughters Betsy (CJ) Jackson of Griffith Neck, Megan Brad) Brown of Chattanooga, TN; great-grandson Andrew Brooks; great-granddaughters Katie Wright, Sierra Wright and Abby Jackson; great-great grandson Donnie Ross and Landon Dold and many cousins, nieces and nephews and his trusty dog Jazz.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents H. Lloyd and Nora Willey, wife Lorraine; daughter Darlene Kotulich; brother Norval “Stumpy” Willey and sister Mildred “Mickey” Bennett.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Newcomb and Collins Funeral Home, P.A. Reverend A. Delmer Willey, Jr will be officiating. Visitation will be held Friday, August 18, 2017 at the funeral home from 6 till 8 pm. Cambridge Lodge No. 66 will conduct a Masonic Service beginning 7:30 p.m. Interment will follow at Bucktown United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers will be Wayne Hudson, Tom Ferguson, Randy Day, Eric Widmaier, Russ Stevens and Roger Covey.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Coastal Hospice, PO Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802.

To share memories and send online condolences visit www.newcombcollins.com

Viewing and Visitation with Family

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM ,Friday, August 18, 2017
Newcomb and Collins Funeral Home, P.A.
308 High Street Cambridge, MD 21613

Masonic Memorial Service

7:30 PM ,Friday, August 18, 2017
Newcomb and Collins Funeral Home, P.A.
308 High Street Cambridge, MD 21613

Viewing and Visitation with Family

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM ,Saturday, August 19, 2017
Newcomb and Collins Funeral Home, P.A.
308 High Street Cambridge, MD 21613

Funeral Service

11:00 AM ,Saturday, August 19, 2017
Newcomb and Collins Funeral Home, P.A.
308 High Street Cambridge, MD 21613


12:30 PM ,Saturday, August 19, 2017
Bucktown United Methosidt Church Cemetery
Bucktown Road Cambridge, MD 21613

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Extending deepest sympathy to family and friends in this time of sorrow. Please find comfort in knowing that soon all those in the memorial tombs will hear Jesus' voice and come out. (John 5:28,29) Until that blessed day, may Jehovah, the God of all comfort, grant you peace while many fond memories warm your hearts.

Annie Wingfield Sep 30 2017 12:00 AM


Lisa & Tony Casto Aug 18 2017 12:00 AM

Thinking of you all, so sorry for your loss.

Scott & Debbie Mister Aug 17 2017 12:00 AM

A lot of good farm memories will not be forgotten: making scrapple, farm trucks hauling corn to Salisbury. My prayers are with you.

Ann Willey Cook Aug 16 2017 12:00 AM

My dear wife and I would like to extend our condolences for the loss of your loved one. All of us have experienced the pain of death in some way sad to say. And, so, at difficult times like this we are confronted with the stark reality of how precious and fragile life surely is! So, my wife and I send this condolence to you with the hope that we can in some small way comfort you as it has comforted us with what the Bible reveals to us about GOOD NEWS from Almighty God. Please be assured that we are in no way trying to impose our faith on you; but we sincerely just want to extend comfort to you during your grief (Proverbs 17:17). As recorded in the Bible, God's only-begotten son, Jesus promises that one day he is personally going to bring back to life all those who have died, just as he did when he was on earth as a man (John 5:28, 29). Just as death is an enemy to us, it is also an enemy to God (1 Corinthians 15:26). For that reason, as well as others, He promises to remove FOREVER all the pain, suffering, wickedness, and DEATH that mankind has had to endure for thousands of years (Revelation 21:3-5; Psalm 37:10, 11, 29). What a glorious and unbelievable day that will be! It's a reality because we know God cannot lie (Titus 1:2; Isaiah 55:10, 11). It is our hope that you NOT take our word for what we've written; but that you please take a moment to read and meditate on all these referenced scriptures in your own Bible. We are confident you will be comforted by the marvelous hope God has in store for us (Psalm 1:1-3; John 17:3). Our thoughts and prayers are sincerely with all of you.

George & Christine Ragusa Aug 16 2017 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. John was a wonderful person. During me & Wayne's visits with Darlene & Gary in the mid-1960's, we had occasion to also visit with John & Lorraine. They both were so friendly & inviting. We admired them & enjoyed their company. Wayne very much enjoyed the hunting excursions with John & Gary & valued John's friendship. John will be missed by all who knew him & especially I'm certain by his family.

Doris Era & family Aug 16 2017 12:00 AM

I have had the privilege of knowing Harold over the past 20 years. He will certainly be missed.

Captain Ray Aug 15 2017 12:00 AM