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Hubert Douglas “Hugh” Willis, Jr.

Hubert Douglas “Hugh” Willis, Jr.

October 11, 1959 - May 22, 2020     Age: 60

Hubert Douglas Willis, Jr., 60, of Fernandina Beach, Florida passed away on Friday, May 22, 2020 at his residence.

Hubert Douglas Willis, Jr, affectionately known as Hugh or Hubie was born on October 11, 1959 to Hubert Douglas Willis, Sr. and Beverly Skipper Willis. He was born in Jacksonville, Florida but lived in many places including Woodbridge, Virginia outside of Washington, D.C, Panama Canal Zone, Millbrook, Alabama and Fernandina Beach during his father’s Civil Service career. Hugh graduated from Stanhope Elmore High School in 1978. He loved Millbrook and has kept in touch with many lifelong friends from there. His persona “Race Hugh” started there. He loved Hot Rods and enjoyed building them. Attending NASCAR Races and car shows were his favorite hobbies. He also enjoyed music, concerts and making others laugh. Hugh had endless stories of Rock n Roll band encounters but his favorite was always Millbrook’s own Dixie Pistol Band.

Hugh began his electrical career as a Journeyman Electrician for Peacock Electric and Joe Gooding Electric working for many years locally.  In 1990, he moved to Columbia, South Carolina to work for Union Camp/International Paper as an electrician for 22 years. He longed to be closer to home and decided to move back in 2012.  He enjoyed working with the Industrial Electronics Group in Yulee, Florida as their Lead Field Technician for the last 7 years.

Hugh trusted in Jesus as his Lord and Savior and was baptized at the age of 14 at Balboa First Baptist Church while living in the Panama Canal Zone. He later transferred his membership to Millbrook Baptist Church and then to Springhill Baptist Church. He attended First Baptist Church, locally. Hugh was also a member of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons and was part of the Lower Richland Lodge 406, AFM while he was living in Columbia and working in Eastover, South Carolina.

Hugh was preceded in death by his mother, Beverly Skipper Willis. He is survived by his father, Hubert Douglas Willis, Sr., his brothers Skip and Todd (Suzanne), his sister Suzi Willis and nephews Blake and Cole Willis all of Fernandina Beach. He is also survived by many special aunts, uncles and cousins on the Skipper and Willis side of his family.  Hugh was especially close to his cousin Tammy Skipper Holloway and her two daughters, Elizabeth and Sarah. He will be greatly missed by all that loved him dearly.

His family and friends will gather at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 30th for a graveside service at the Bosque Bello Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to a favorite charity or Shriner’s Healthcare for Children,  12502 USF Pine Drive, Tampa, FL 33612  in memory of Hugh.

9 Condolences

  • Michelle Cunningham Posted May 26, 2020 11:40 am

    God rest your soul.. Condolences & Prayers to your family & many friends.

  • Karen Stacey Posted May 26, 2020 5:53 pm

    I graduated with Hugh from Stanhope Elmore HS. He was a great friend during those days. Always smiling. I’m sorry to hear of his passing but rejoicing he is in heaven.

  • Carla Higginbotham Posted May 26, 2020 6:18 pm

    My heart breaks for each of you. Hubie was definitely a light in the room
    May God bless you all and help you get through this tough time and find peace to ease your pain

  • Christy Cobb Posted May 26, 2020 7:16 pm

    My eyes and heart overflow with tears. Hugh, I always believed looked out for me at Millbrook Baptist and through my school years. Some of the best memories are the laughs we shared. I have thanked God and Hugh for watching over me, keeping me out of trouble. My prayers for the family are with you and my love.

  • Carl Hankins Posted May 26, 2020 7:50 pm

    Race, it’s hard to believe you’re gone, but definitely not forgotten. Memories we’ve shared will last me the rest of my life. I’ll see you again one day Hubert and we’ll have a homecoming together. As you would say; Peace Out!

  • Little bit Posted May 27, 2020 9:51 am

    I know your in heaven my friend but your greatly missed here. Your luv and laughter lives on in all who know you. R.I.P Hubi. YOU’LL ALWAYS BE,THAT SHARPED DRESSED MAN… 💕🙏😇

  • Anita Linneman Posted May 27, 2020 12:11 pm

    “Rest in Peace and Comfort” Our Memories (SEHS Family) and others will Live Foever. God Bless all of the lives you touched.

  • Charles B Clemons Posted May 27, 2020 12:29 pm

    Hubie you will be missed very much. R.I.P. my friend.

  • Jackie Barnes Rushton Posted May 29, 2020 4:57 pm

    Todd and Family my condolences and prayers sent for the loss of your brother Hugh, my he RIP and God bless

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