Mary Wills

Mary Jane Canterbury Wills, 73, of Spruce Laurel went home to the Lord on February 10, 2014 after a long illness.

Heaven gained a beloved mother, companion, sister and friend who found the good in everyone. She was a homemaker and a member of Spruce Laurel Freewill Baptist Church.

Born August 4, 1940 in Gordon, WV she was a daughter of the late Icie and Gordon Canterbury. She was also preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. John Wills; daughter, Teresa Turley; brother, Everette Canterbury; and step-son Ernie Akers.

She is survived by her companion of 30 years, William Akers; brother, James (Jimmy) Canterbury of Hebron, Ohio; sisters, Johni Lynn Sutphin and husband Danny of Spruce Laurel, Thelma Carr and Chuck of Clarksburg, WV and Laura (Adrian) Baisden of Fairmont; step-children, Tim Akers ,Pam Bender and Mike Akers all of Spruce Laurel; grandchildren, Misty, April, Brian (Jess), Brent (Mallory), Travis, Troy, Freddie, Mary Lynn, Kelly, Candi, Laci, Amanda, Timbo (Tawnyn) Faith, Jon boy, Todd and Tyler; great-grandchildren, Ashley, Jessica, Adam, Gabby,Hunter, Raven, Shaylee, Skyler, Jaxon, Katilyn, Sydney, Hunter, Ryley, Chase and Little B.

The family would like to send a special thanks to her nurse Mary Jett and all other MICU nurses for their kindness and compassion.

Service was be 2 pm Friday, February 14, 2014 at Handley Funeral Home, Danville with Ralph Caudill officiating. Burial followed in Bias Pauley Cemetery, Laurel.

You may express your condolences to the family at

Funeral Home

Handley Funeral Home - Danville
439 Phipps Ave. PO Box 175  Danville, WV 25053
(304) 369-0718

Published in The Coal Valley News from Feb. 18 to Feb. 19, 2014