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R. Christian Willaford

Robert Christian Willaford, 80, of Urbanna departed this life on Thursday, December 11, 2008. 

He was a member of Urbanna United Methodist Church. He served as a seaman first class in the South Pacific towards the end of World War II. He began his barbering career in Urbanna in the early 1950s and continued until his retirement in 2007. He also served at Christchurch School for 13 years, cutting hair and running the school store. 

Mr. Willaford enjoyed hobbies including painting, caning, stained glass and model boatbuilding.

He was predeceased by his wife of 25 years, Matilda “Tillie” Feitig Willaford, and his wife of 30 years, Fay Gresham Nelson Willaford. 

He is survived by five children, Paul Willaford of Saluda, Betty and her husband Durwood Walton of King and Queen, Lisa and her husband Tommy Croxton of Hardyville, Todd and his wife Alice Nelson of Wake, and Bruce and his wife Terry Nelson of Glenns; and two sisters, Isla Bridger Brown of Wake and Annette Willaford Johnston of Urbanna.

Graveside memorial services with military honors will be held at Christ Church Cemetery, Christchurch, on Friday, December 19, at 2 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Urbanna United Methodist Church Choir, P.O. Box 217, Urbanna, VA 23175; or Riverside Walter Reed Hospice Program, P.O. Box 1130, Gloucester, VA 23061.

posted 12.15.2008

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