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Zachary Grey Willetts, (Zack) passed away on Saturday, February 2 in Greenville, NC. Born and raised in Wilmington, NC, he was the son of Stephen and Tracey Willetts. Zack is survived by his brother Colby Willetts, also of Wilmington and his grandmothers, Lois Willetts and Jean Parker, both of Whiteville, NC. He is also survived by aunts and uncles, Leon Parker of Whiteville, NC, Phyllis and A.E. Long, of Charlotte, NC and Susan and Ricky Roberts of Charlotte, NC. Zack's cousins are Savannah Parker, Madison Parker and Preston Parker of Whiteville, Meredith Roberts Glanton of Charlotte, NC and Justin Roberts of Copperas Cove, TX.
Zack was loved by many friends and family members. His playful sense of humor and mischievous antics were constant in his life. While growing up was a very active child spending many hours playing outdoors, frequenting the local beaches and boating on the Intracoastal Waterway. Zack played baseball, lacrosse and football in youth and school leagues.
Zack graduated from Hoggard High School in 2008 and was a member of the Hoggard Vikings 2007 State Championship football team. He also attended East Carolina University and Pitt County Community College in Greenville, NC.
Zack served his state and nation as a Combat Engineer in the North Carolina Army National Guard. He recently volunteered for and served a one year tour of duty in the Zabul Province of southern Afghanistan with the 883rd Combat Engineers (Sappers). He obtained the rank of Specialist.
A memorial service for Zack will be held in Wilmington on Sunday, February 24, at the Scottish Rite Temple on 17th Street at 3:00 in the afternoon.
The family has asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made in Zack's name to the Wounded Warrior Project, (http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org), or the Make-A-Wish Foundation, (http://www.wish.org).
Online condolences at StarNewsOnline.com
Published in the Wilmington Star-News from Feb. 21 to Feb. 22, 2013