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Date published: 10/4/2013

Willie R. Jett

Willie R. Jett, 79, lifelong resident of Spotsylvania County, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, at Henrico Doctors' Hospital in Richmond. His death was the result of a severe head injury he sustained in a fall at his residence.

Born on March 9, 1934, the third of five children, he was raised on a farm owned by the Jett family since the late 1800s, located near Spotsylvania Courthouse. He was a member of Zion United Methodist Church, American Legion Post 320, the American Quarter Horse Association and the Virginia Arabian Horse Association. Mr. Jett served in the U.S. Army.

He had served on the Spotsylvania Planning Commission. Always interested in agriculture, he was a member and past president of the Spotsylvania Farm Bureau. He was a member of the Farm Service Agency, formerly known as ASCS. He was instrumental in forming the Virginia Corn Growers Association in the late 1970s and was the first vice president of that organization. He was a contributor to and supporter of the Fredericksburg Area 4-H show and sale.

He had many interests and various occupations, including farming, car salesman, horse breeding and a trucking business. He was a big man with a soft side. He loved poetry, both reading and writing on a limited basis. He never met a stranger. He loved talking to people and entertaining them with his humorous stories.

Mr. Jett was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond L. and Flaura M. Jett; and a brother, Thomas H. Jett.

He is survived by his companion, Karen D. Baldwin; two sisters, Margaret J. Carter and Virginia J. Taylor and her husband, Stuart; brother Charles D. Jett and his wife, Debbie; a number of nieces and nephews; and a special young man in his life, Jeremy C. Wilhoit, who has been like a son to him. Also surviving is his beloved dog, Rocky.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg. The Rev. Barbara M. Jacobs and the Rev. Will Dodson will officiate.

Interment will follow at Zion United Methodist Church cemetery in Spotsylvania. A reception will follow at American Legion Post 320, 8456 Brock Road, Spotsylvania.

Memorials may be made to Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 8700 Courthouse House Road, Spotsylvania, VA 22551.

Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.