Posted on : Tuesday February 11, 2014
In Memoriam-72

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The Rev. James E. Willey, Sr., died on Jan. 31 at Loris Extended Care Center following an illness. Pastor Willey was born on August 22, 1928 in Wilmington, Del.

He pastored churches in Georgia, Mississippi and Maryland and served as Baltimore Baptist Association director of missions and as a president of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware.

Survivors include his loving wife of sixty-four years, Maxine Marie Gossin Willey; two sons, Jim Willey, Jr. and wife Kelly and Rev. Paul Willey and wife, Carole; one daughter, Karen Collett; eleven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.In addition to his parents, James Willey was predeceased by a beloved son-in-law, Dana Collett and his sister, Ruby Willey Boyer.

There will be a Celebration of Life Service at Calvary Baptist Church, located at 206 East Courtland Place, Bel Air, Md., on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 1:00 PM.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials, in honor of The Rev. Willey’s passion for missions, be made to support mission trips for local church teams.

Please send gifts to the Carolina Baptist Association, PO Box 1187, Loris, SC 29568. Please sign The Rev. Willey’s online guestbook at or call Hardwick Funeral Home at (843) 756-7001 for further information.