Sue Brugh Willis, of Lynchburg passed away peacefully on December 18, 2022, with family present at Lynchburg General Hospital. She was born on October 17, 1925, in Unionville, Virginia to the late Claude Elsom Brugh and Grace Eliza (Schultz) Brugh. Raised in Unionville, located in Orange County, Sue graduated from Unionville High School in 1944 and attended Madison College for Women, now James Madison University. In 1948, she married Heber Charles Willis, Jr. of Rapidan, Virginia and moved to Alexandria, Virginia. In 1950, they moved to Lynchburg to start their family.
Sue enjoyed an active life in Lynchburg. She had many interests and enjoyed membership in several clubs and organizations. She was an active member of the Ragged Robin Garden Club and enjoyed her membership in the Women’s Club of Lynchburg, the James River Chapter of the D.A.R., a private investment club, and the Hobby Club, which was a group of lifelong friends.
Sue’s faith was very important to her, and she was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lynchburg and its Women’s Circle. She and her husband volunteered at the church and delivered Meals on Wheels together for many years.
Sue enjoyed learning and her personal interests and hobbies grew and expanded throughout her life. These included arranging flowers, hand-building porcelain ceramics, playing Bridge, reading, presenting programs on Virginia history, teaching herself personal computing in her 80’s, and learning watercolor painting in her 90’s. She loved the Blue Ridge Mountains, especially visiting the Peaks of Otter. Most people who knew her will remember her gracious entertaining, wonderful cooking (especially her chess pies), and devotion to her family.
Sue was pre-deceased by her husband, Charles, and her brother, Robert D. Brugh. She is survived by her brother, Richard A. Brugh and his wife Peggy; her daughter Anne Willis Coles; her son Heber Charles Willis, III; her daughter-in law Heather Frey Willis, and two grandchildren, Elizabeth Grace Willis, and Heber Charles Willis, IV.
A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Lynchburg at 2:00 p.m. February 4, 2023, followed by internment in the church columbarium. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that you consider donations to First Presbyterian Church of Lynchburg or the charity of your choice.
Tharp Funeral Home and Crematory, Lynchburg is assisting the family.