On June 28, 2004, Brittany Willis, a beautiful, bright, promising young woman was enjoying an uneventful summer afternoon returning a high school graduation present at a gift shop in Wilson, NC. Her life was suddenly and tragically cut short as she became a victim of horrific, random violence. This daughter, sister, granddaughter, and friend was a treasure, and her memory will forever be a part of the lives of those who knew and loved her.
Throughout her life, beginning with the Wilson Recreation Soccer program, Brittany played and cherished the game of soccer. She was an All Conference player her junior and senior year of high school, and enjoyed the honor of being the Captain of the Hunt High School Warriors during her senior year. Her love of team sports led her to the volleyball court, where she was honored as Best All Around, and to compete on the cross-country team, where she earned the Sportsmanship Award while she represented the Warriors.
An intelligent and honorable student, Brittany enjoyed the distinction of being identified as an All Academic Athlete every year of her high school career. She was a member of the National Honor Society, was a Key club officer, sang in the school chorus, was a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Student Government Association, and was the Pepsi Scholar Athlete each year while at Hunt High School.
Brittany attended First United Methodist Church and was active in their youth program. She generously gave of herself and her time as a volunteer at the Wesley Shelter, a homeless shelter for women and children, and a shelter for women of domestic violence.
It seems too soon for you to leave, and yet you will always be with us. We remember your smile and the way you brightened our days. We remember your humor and the way you lifted our moods. We remember your competitive spirit and the way you emotionally charged us. We remember your leadership and the way you inspired us. We remember your courage and the way you calmed us. We remember your faith and the way you sustained us. In that place in our hearts where we keep happiness and joy, you are there.