Willis Washington, better known as “Will,” died on April 22 in Carrollton, Texas, where he was interred on April 24 in accordance with the laws and ordinances of his faith. A devout and active teacher of the Baha’i Faith, Will has hastened to the eternal world of light.
His physical absence will be grieved and deeply missed by his loving wife, Phyllis; daughter, Lateefah; son-in-law, Fred Brown; grandchildren: Knoah and Angelin of Lewis Texas, Elon, Michael, Roland, Kenaz, Eton, Elizabeth and Monique of Grenada.
Will was born on Feb. 21, 1944, in Washington, D.C. He became a full-time resident of St. Thomas in the early 70s.
He was among the first of the vendors in Charlotte Amalie and was well known and loved by many at the Vendor’s Plaza.
An avid reader and searcher after truth, he studied the holy books of many religions and visited their houses of worship. He understood and professed and lived the truth that he found and embraced that God is one, man is one and all religions are one.
Will was a friend to all he met; he was concerned about children and youth and strived to help them in any way he could. He enjoyed all sports, especially tennis, and loved animals.
A memorial service for Willis “Will” Washington, open to all, will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 19, in Emancipation Garden, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas.