Personal Service, Peace of Mind, Pleasant Memories

William L. Sills, Jr.

01/19/1924 - 02/15/2018

Viewing Information

A viewing will be held, Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at Metropolitan Funeral Service, Granby Street.

Service Information

A funeral service will be held, 11am, Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Metropolitan Funeral Service, Granby Chapel
7246 Granby Street Norfolk VA

Interment Information


“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born and a time to die…” Ecclesiastes 3:1-2a A TIME TO BE BORN William (Willie) Lee Sills, Jr. was born on January 9, 1924 in Muskogee, Oklahoma to Willie, Sr. and Mary Sills. The family later moved to Wichita, Kansas where he grew up. A TIME TO LEARN He attended grade school and in his late teens, he left high school and joined the U.S. Coast Guard. A TIME TO LOVE In 1943, he took Isobell to be his wife and from that union, they were blessed with five children. She passed in February 1996. He then married his devoted companion Johnsie in 1998. A TIME TO SERVE/WORK He served as a Seaman in the Coast Guards via an Executive Order by President Franklin D. Roosevelt during World War II. Since he could type, he learned to use the teletype machine and was stationed in the lighthouse in New York City. That allowed him access to when his friends were being shipped out to go to war and of course, he let them know. After the Coast Guards, he worked as a floor scraper and in procurement for the New York Times before working for the NYC Transit Authority as a train conductor, then as an train operator. He retired in the 80’s after many years of service. A TIME FOR RECREATION/HOBBIES Willie enjoyed life and loved to listen to “Jazz” music which was his passion. He also favored “Sports Cars”; his last car was a BMW; he had to give it up when the doctor told him that he could no longer drive due to his illness; that was about 6 months ago! He was a very “sharp dresser! Everything had to match down to his shoes; he was quite debonair! Every week, he would meet up with his “card buddies” to play friendly games “Bid Whist”. He also loved wrist watches and collected them; he had a watch for every day of the month! His great grandson, Tai-Ray Barbee bought him his last wrist watch a few weeks ago. A TIME TO REST AND REMEMBER On Thursday, February 15, 2018, Willie finished his race as God called him home from his labor here on earth. He fought a good fight and quietly eased into eternity without a pain or a grunt. His wife, Johnsie, his two caregivers, Barbara Anderson and Stacey Mark and the Chaplain were there with him. There was a peaceful and serene calm as we looked on him knowing it was finished! A TIME TO BE CHERISHED Left to cherish his memory is his faithful wife, Johnsie, of 20 years; his five children by his first wife, Isobell; daughters - Marie, Marjorie, and Lorraine (special friend, Stephanie); sons – Sherwood (Barbara) and Marvin (Maritza); two sisters, Barbara and JoAnn; 12 grand children – Daria, Monica, Wesley, Marc, Lorraine (like a daughter to him), Nicole, James, Xenia, Franny, Tracy, Manny, and Cory; twenty-two great grandchildren (Tai-Ray Barbee was partly raised by him;); a great, great grandson and a host of other relatives and friends.

Linda My deepest Sympathy goes out to the family, losing a love one in death is a very trying time. Please find comfort in knowing what the bible says about the opportunity of seeing our dear love ones again under the very best conditions @ Isaiah 25:8 . Please also go to for more encouragement from God's word for our dear love ones .
Posted: 3/3/2018
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Miciah I'm very sorry for your loved one. You can find scriptural comfort at Revelation 21:3, 4
Posted: 2/27/2018
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Harry Simpson Fair winds and following seas sailor. Thank you for your service to this nation.
Posted: 2/18/2018
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Steven and Valerie Suills Our prayers are with you. Uncle Willie will be missed.
Posted: 2/18/2018
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Danielle My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time of loss. May you gain strength from our Heavenly Father(Psalm 83:18) Psalm 46:1.
Posted: 2/18/2018
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