Craig Vernon Willoughby

Craig Vernon Willoughby

Craig Vernon Willoughby
February 14, 1954 – May 16, 2020

CLAYTON – Craig Vernon Willoughby, 66, passed away on Saturday. He was born in Johnston County to the late Elbert and Rebecca Willoughby. He worked as a welder at Hamlin Sheet Metal. When he was not working, he loved living life. He was an avid outdoorsman. His passions were cooking on the grill, going to the race track, boating, fishing and going to the beach, lake or any body of water.

He was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and great uncle. He had a heart of gold and was loved by many. He will be missed dearly.

He is survived by his son, Mark Willoughby (wife Kristen), daughter, Victoria Willoughby, stepson, Ronnie Anderson (wife Jamie), grandchildren, Jeremy Willoughby, Lindsey Nall and Monica Anderson, great grandchild, Maylene Anderson, brothers, Curtis Willoughby, Philip Willoughby (wife Georgia) and Bobby Willoughby (wife Gloria), sisters, Debbie Currington (Danny), Jeanette Davis (husband Tommy), many cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. He is also survived by special family and friends, Connie, Melissa and Children, Dwayne, Page, Brenda, Audrey, Tammy and many more.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. (Private Memorial Service)

Arrangements are with Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, 211 W. Third St., Wendell.


  • Angelia Johnson Posted May 20, 2020 1:40 pm

    Such a kind & gentle soul with a heart of gold. He loved life & people most of all fishing. His smile & his saying ” That’s Allright” will be with me always. Mark & Vicki I am so sorry for your loss. He loved you guys dearly & was proud of both of you. Remember the Love, Laughter & Good Times you had with him.

    • VICTORIA F WILLOUGHBY Posted May 20, 2020 11:39 pm

      thank you i know he loved you too

    • victoria willoughby Posted May 21, 2020 9:08 am

      thank you very much angie

  • Larissa Pourron Posted May 20, 2020 10:18 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I have so many wonderful memories of uncle Craig when I was a child. He always had us laughing with something he was doing and was always on his boat. Praying for you guys during this time. Sending up prayers and sending love. May God give you peace that passes all understanding.

  • Sandie Dodd Page Posted May 21, 2020 12:31 pm

    Vicki Mark & family . I’m so sorry for your loss your Dad. Craig was also so laid back . The last time I saw him was Lindsey party Craig hadn’t changed in all those years still the same all so welcoming . Much Love Sandie

  • Melissa Curington Posted May 21, 2020 12:37 pm

    Rest easy Uncle Craig. I have some of the fondest memories going fishing with you as a kid. I love you and you will be forever missed.

  • Sherry Stancil Posted May 21, 2020 3:26 pm

    Vickie,Mark and Family,I always loved to see your Dad at our Willoughby get togethers even though they became fewer through the years.I loved Uncle Craig and always made it a point to go to him and give him a big hug.So deeply saddened to hear of his passing away and knowing I couldn’t be at his funeral and pay my respects because of Amanda’s scheduled ear surgery.Please know I love you both and am praying for God to give you both strength, peace and comfort during this extremely difficult time and days ahead.Take care of yourselves.Love,Sherry

  • Paige Pace Dyer Posted May 22, 2020 12:54 am

    As there are no words to say that can help at a time like this just know he now has his angel wings and is enjoying everlasting fishing now. No more worries no more pain. God Bless your family and prayers

  • Jeanette Davis. Posted June 7, 2020 6:39 pm

    I miss you so much brother. I miss you calling me juneybug. I wished I could hear one more time. I can’t express how much I loved you. You are a sweet soul and I know you’re in Gods hands now with Mommy and Daddy. Until we meet again. Love you forever. Love juneybug.

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