Mr. Russell F. (Skip) Wills

HURRICANE, W.Va. — Mr. Russell F. (Skip) Wills of Hurricane, W.Va. and formerly of Pulaski, Va., went home to be with his Savior, Jesus Christ, after a tragic car accident on Monday, May 19, 2014.  He was truly loved and respected by his wife, Sarah, for almost 19 years.  Together they had three beautiful children, Nate, Emme and Sadie, who were the joys of his life.  Skip cherished every minute he had with them. 

Skip will be greatly missed by his parents, Bill and Rosemary Wills, his sister and brother-in-law, Annette and Bobby Boothe, his aunt and cousin, Vera and John Williams, great Aunt Dorma O’Dell as well as nieces and nephews, Alicia and Luke Boothe, Ella and Evan Roberts, and Miranda and Caspian Sizemore.

He will also be sadly missed by Sarah’s family, including Emil Witherell, Ruth Ann Witherell, Rachel and Dan Roberts, Melody and Beau Sizemore, and David and Joey Witherell.  Skip’s church family for the past 12 years, River Ridge Church, mourns his loss and is extremely supportive of his family in his absence.

He was greeted upon his arrival by his grandparents, Leo (Mamaw) and Carl Wills and Pearl and Russ Hines, his brother, Doug, his late father-in-law, Dave Witherell, and his special great Aunt Genevie Slone.

Skip was a well-respected employee of Steel of West Virginia for the past 6 years.
There will be a visitation from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, May 22, at River Ridge Church in Hurricane, WV.  Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 23, also at River Ridge Church. Burial will follow in Emma Chapel Cemetery, Liberty.

There will also be a memorial service held in Pulaski, Va., in the near future.  Date and time TBD.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Skip’s children’s college fund.  Contributions may be made out to National Financial Services; Memo: Wills Family and mailed to Horizon Financial Solutions at 97 Chase Drive, Hurricane, WV 25526.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Gatens-Harding Funeral Home 147 Main St. Poca is serving the Wills family.



2 Responses to Mr. Russell F. (Skip) Wills

  1. Karen J. Bond

    May 22, 2014 at 10:47 am

    I worked and went to school with Skip a long time ago (we all laughed alot and joked when he was around) and would like to know when the arrangements will be made for the memorial service in Pulaski. If you would let me know later when that is confirmed I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you and I’m so very sorry for your loss. The family is in my prayers.

  2. Edward clonch

    May 23, 2014 at 5:54 am

    From me and all that work a swva a great man will be missed prayers with family

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