Joseph Alexander Willson Jr.

January 7, 1964September 8, 2014
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Joseph Alexander Willson, Jr., 50, of Holly Springs, passed away, Monday, September 8, 2014 at his home in Holly Springs. Joseph was born January 7, 1964 in Virginia Beach, VA. He was a loving husband, father, son, brother, pastor and accomplished musician. Joseph was a graduate of Liberty University with a Master of Divinity degree. He served as a deacon at First Baptist Church of Morrisville, worship pastor at Village Church in Holly Springs and pastor of Real Live Church.

Joseph is survived by his wife of 23 years, Carrie Willson; mother, Margaret Pentecost; sons, Matthew Willson and Nicholas Willson, daughter, Riley Willson; brothers, Nathan Willson (Cheryl), Jerry Willson; sisters, Sharon Wing (Pete) and Joanne Terlep (Mark).

A memorial service will be held 1pm Thursday, September 11, 2014 at First Baptist Church of Morrisville. The family will receive friends 6-8pm Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at Apex Funeral Home, 550 W. Williams St, Apex, NC 27502. A private graveside service will be held at Holly Springs Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Morrisville, 209 Church Street, Morrisville, NC 27560.

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  • Visitation Wednesday, September 10, 2014
  • Memorial Service Thursday, September 11, 2014


  • Private Graveside

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Harry Sasnowitz

September 18, 2015

I had the privilege of working with Joe as we were co-managers for several years at a local company. Huge heart, great sense of humor, cherished his wife & kids, and he knew the Lord... that was obvious not only through his verbal testimony, but more so through the way he treated others. Carrie, I'm so sorry to hear of Joe's passing and my condolences to you and yours. May you find strength and encouragement through God's grace and through the loving presence of those closest to you.

Cindy Rose

January 12, 2015


Daniel Ackerman

September 16, 2014

Carrie & Family & Friends, I am sorry to hear about Joe's passing. I have so many fond memories of Joe, as we all did, especially while in Radford and working with the Yams. Joe was a great man. God bless you all.

Pamela Uzziel Ulasi

September 12, 2014

If we live, we live unto The Lord. If we die,we die unto the Lord, so rather we live or die we belong to the Lord. I am so happy that to be absent from the body is to be present with God. Aren't you glad that earth has no sorrow that Heaven can not heal? Your families weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning. My sister lift up your head unto the hills from where cometh your help. All of your help comes from the Lord. There is a time for everything,this is your time to weep. I pray that the peace of God will overtake your family. I pray that the Lord will give you strength in the days, weeks and months to come. I pray that you will never lack and that everything that Joe has done for Church in the Woods, would be a reminder to others; If you help the poor, you are lending to the LORD--and he will repay you! Praising God because Joe's reward is great.
~Love your family in CHRIST
~CITW 3rd Sunday (Wake Chapel Church)

Joe, Melissa & Jesse Champlion

September 11, 2014

We are so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. We would minister along side him downtown while helping/feeding the homeless. What a blessing he was to so many and he will be greatly missed. He has touched the lives of countless homeless people. He was on a first-name basis with many of them.

We will be praying for you all during this time of grief. May the peace of God flood your hearts and homes during this hard time. :(

Cindy Walker

September 11, 2014

Carrie, I am sorry I will not be able to attend the service for Joe today. I will be lifting you and your family up in this sad, difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss. I know my son Stephen really enjoyed interacting with Joe during SEEK Worship band last year. God keep you with His perfect peace. In Him, Cindy Walker

sandy mabery

September 11, 2014

I went to Floyd High with Joe..and we were a couple for a short while..very sweet sad to hear of his sympathy to his family.

Parker Stafford

September 11, 2014

I grew up with Joe who was part of a close group of friends In Floyd. Joe worked at the Dixie Kitchen, Bob Butterworth's establishment, during a part of his high school tenture. I remember one Saturday night that several of us were in the town of Floyd and had gone by to catch up with Joe. Joe was there alone washing dishes from a crazy busy night. It was like a hurricane had blasted through and it was his job to get things back into shape. We stayed and helped him wash dishes. It was industry! Later in life, while I was still in college but taking a break, I lived with Joe In Radford and worked at the same restaurant for about a year, B.T.'s. I now work teaching in Radford and was just driving by the street that was near where we lived. Glad those days are history so I can think fondly of them! :-) Music, comedy, laughter.....that was Joe all over. I think the last time I saw Joe was in mid 80's when I left the restaurant to go back to school. Joe was one of a kind! I am so sorry for your loss. Someone like Joe is hard to replace. So why try? We will sing his praises and just....sing....into the night. He was loved by so many. Best Regards, Parker Stafford

Sandi Smith

September 11, 2014

Carrie, Matthew, Nicholas, and Riley,
I knew Joe in high school and always thought he was so very bright and funny. I lost my husband to cancer at age 39, and I know of the difficulties of walking the Earth missing such a large part of your heart. I hope you are able to find comfort in your memories, and joy in the knowledge that the great reunion is in our future. My God's precious Grace and Love comfort you in this difficult time.

Carlos Casallas

September 10, 2014

Carrie and family, our family is saddened by the loss of Joe. We met you guys at the Village Church and feel honored to have known him.