Rodney Lynn Willis

October 27, 1957January 17, 2021

Rodney Lynn Willis 63, of Lynchburg, passed away on Sunday evening, January 17, 2021 at Lynchburg General Hospital.

Born on October 27, 1957 in Lynchburg, VA, he was the son of the late Clay Ramsey Willis and Emma May Willis.

Rodney was a graduate of E.C. Glass High School and Lynchburg College. He was also a member of Fairview Christian Church.

He retired after 37 years of service from UPS. In fact, most of the Lynchburg community would know him best in his brown uniform. Rodney was known to many as one that never met a stranger and truly enjoyed speaking to everyone he met. He loved the friendships he built with his co-workers and members of the community during his career.

He acted as a devoted member of his family throughout his entire life. Rodney was not only a loving father, but a best friend to Zane and Chase. He also was a faithful son and caregiver to his parents for many years and loved them dearly. He had a true love and appreciation for competitive sports, which he enjoyed with his friends and family.

Rodney is survived by his two sons, Zane Thomas Clay Willis of Charlotte, NC and Chase Lynn Willis of Forest, VA; special friend and mother of Zane and Chase, Lisa Willis; Brother, Melvin Willis and wife Patti of Santa Maria, CA; niece Heather Anne Willis; his loved puppies, Chip and Max Willis, and other loving relatives and friends.

A graveside service will be conducted 11:00 am Monday, January 25, 2021 at Fort Hill Memorial Park with Pastor Ronnie Campbell officiating. Rodney will be available for viewing from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm Sunday, January 24, 2021 at Whitten Timberlake Chapel.

In lieu of flowers please consider making donations to relief organizations to support your local communities during this time of crisis.

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Whitten Timberlake Chapel is serving the family, (434) 239-0331.


  • Open Visitation

    Sunday, January 24, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Monday, January 25, 2021


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Sharon Mobley

January 25, 2021

We send our sympathy and prayers for the family and the boys. Prayers of peace, comfort and strength.

Bobby A Roach and Family

Melvin & Patti Willis

January 24, 2021

Dearest Rodney,
We know you'd be with us today ... down on the river sharing oysters and berry cobbler, laughter and love ... if Heaven wasn't so far away! How Loved you are Dear Brother.

laura bradley

January 22, 2021

Always smiling and so friendly. I did not know his name but saw him all around Lynchburg, Last time I saw him I became concerned as he did not look well. Such a wonderful person and he will be missed. Blessings to his family.

Joesph Arrington

January 22, 2021

Rodney was a true. Person that always treated everyone as a friend he will be missed by all who knew him prayers to his family.Joesph and Diane Arrington

Lynne Spruce-Walker

January 22, 2021

Rodney, I haven't seen you in years, but you were ALWAYS the kindest, most gentle person I ever knew. You always had that shy smile and soft way about you. I can't imagine you being any other way, and I know your family cherishes that about you. Prayers for your family. Go rest high on that mountain. Lynne

Ricky Holbrook

January 22, 2021

RIP my brother. Save me a place on the bench next to you until we play our next ball game.

Martha Adams

January 22, 2021

I've known rodney since I was 5. We met at T C MILLER in the kindergarten. We shared alot of laughs. Whenever one of us had to pick a side for kickball,
Dodgeball,etc. We always chose each other.
Then he was my ups driver.
You never saw him without that contagious smile.
Rodney will truly be missed but his remember will live on.
I was blessed to call him my friend

Gail Scott

January 21, 2021

I had the pleasure of going to high school and I worked with Rodney at UPS for 20 years!!
Such a great, loving and kind guy!! He will be missed by so many for sure!!
May the Lord send His peace that passes all understanding to comfort the family!!

Timothy Spencer

January 21, 2021

Rodney was my first supervisor at UPS. His smile and jovial attitude helped me through the first two weeks. He was always there to lend a helping hand! Praying for peace and strength during this time of loss.

Sharon Mobley

January 20, 2021

So Sorry for you loss- prayers for Peace, Comfort and Strength for the family. Bobby & Sharon Mobley