On Jan. 22, 1990, the world was blessed with the arrival of Joshawa Allen (Henson) Willoughby. Over the course of the next 23 years, it would become obvious just how blessed.
Josh was adventurous, industrious, witty and compassionate and occasionally, a little bit mischievous. He was fiercely loyal to those he loved and tireless in his work ethic. He lived his life in service to others.
Josh was a hopeless restorationist. For him, there was no such thing as trash, merely items that needed a second chance. He would rather spend his time, money and effort on a worn-out automobile than to buy a brand new one. He said that helping things regain their value was better than simply buying something unused. Anyone could do that. But to take what the world had tossed aside and bring it back to its intended purpose, that was special. And that’s just what Josh did. Whether it was the cars and trucks he stockpiled, or the lives of people trampled down by circumstances and society, it was clearly evident that Josh had a purpose in this life.
Make no mistake…he wasn’t perfect. But he sought to leave the world a better place than he found it. Josh was determined to make El Dorado Springs his home, a place of special memories and dear friends. On March 2, 2013, Josh left his broken body with the hope of having it restored by the Master Restorationist, Jesus Christ. In his wake, he leaves a community of family and friends who will love him, miss him and long for the day when their relationship can be restored with him.
Josh was preceded in death by his biological mother, Nadine Henson. He is survived by his adopted father and mother, Tom and Stacy Willoughby; three sisters – Kristy (Willoughby) Bonnett and husband – Tony, Susan Gooden and Nicole Willoughby; and one brother, Joshua Willoughby, as well as his biological father, Donald Henson; his especially beloved, Sabrina Fox; other relatives and many friends.
Services were held Friday, March 8, in the First Baptist Church, El Dorado Springs, with Pastor Joe Trussell and Rev. Ron Marsh officiating. Soloist Donna Carney sang “Amazing Grace” and “Just A Closer Walk With Thee” accompanied by Pianist Gail Ingle. Casketbearers were Luke Dubois, Ethan Stewart, Kelly Whisle, John Marshall, Rob Lamb and Jeffrey Robison. Interment was in El Dorado Springs City Cemetery under direction of Sheldon Funeral Home, El Dorado Springs.