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Emily Rebecca Willoughby

January 12, 1939 — December 8, 2019

Emily Rebecca Willoughby


Emily Rebecca Stokes Canter Willoughby, 80, passed away at her home Sunday afternoon, December 8, 2019, while under the care of Community Home Care & Hospice. She had been in declining health for several years.

She was born in Richmond County of January 12, 1939, a daughter of the late Frank Stokes and the late Rebecca Brock Stokes. Emily was twice married, first to the late Jack K. Canter and next to the late Jimmy Franklin Willoughby. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Susan Canter Edwards, who died April 19, 2019.

During her working years, Emily was a cashier in the retail industry and worked for Wal-Mart. She enjoyed writing and also making dolls.

She is survived by two sons: Dennis Canter, who had been her caregiver for the past four years, and Jack L.Canter (Joy) of Indianapolis, IN; one daughter, Kristi Canter; two grandchildren, Frank Canter and Kandi Shores; four great grandchildren; and a sister, Eva Smith.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2:00 PM Monday, December 16, at Northam Cemetery where she will be laid to rest near her parents.

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