Sylvia Reaves Willetts, 76, of Rocky Point, passed gently from her earthly life on Friday, March 18, 2016, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice Care Center surrounded with love by her family.
She was born May 5, 1939, in Pender County, the daughter of the late Wilbur Reaves Sr. and Dora Long Reaves. Also remembered is her beloved husband, Jasper Lee Willetts Sr.; grandson, James Ray Willetts; and sisters, Shirley Reaves and Patricia Reaves, all who preceded Sylvia in death.
Sylvia was a faithful member of Gospel Fellowship Holiness Church. She was a graduate of Cape Fear Community College with a degree in nursing and worked for many years as a registered nurse at Cape Fear Memorial Hospital.
Sylvia was a lady of courage, strength and compassion who dearly loved her family. In the past few years, as her health declined, Sylvia kept her strong Christian faith and her sunny smile. We will hold close all the good memories of Sylvia and keep them in our hearts.
Sylvia is survived by her daughter, Sylvia Ann Boswell; sons, Jasper Willetts Jr. (Wendy), William Willetts (Abby) and Jimmie Willetts (Missy); grandchildren, Jessica Willetts, Lisa Lane, Allen Boswell, Jennifer Willetts, Stephanie Chambers (William), Payton Willetts, Dillon Cohen, McKenzie Willetts, Braxton Willetts, Landon Willetts, Dylan McGuire and Calin McGuire; great-grandchildren, Cameron, Kayelyn, Ayden, and Ella Grace; brothers, Wilbur Reaves Jr. (Lila) and Charles Reaves (Sheila); and several nieces, nephews and many extended family members.
Visitation with the family was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 21, at Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home, Burgaw Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 22, at the funeral home with the Rev. Billy Cooper and the Rev. John Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in Walker Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in memory of Sylvia may be given to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.