In Loving Memory

David Thurman Willoughby, d. February 29, 2016



In Loving Memory

December 30, 1989 – February 29, 2016

David Willoughby Obit Photo

Daphne, AL

David Thurman Willoughby, age 26, passed away on Monday, February 29, 2016.

He is survived by his father, Jack Willoughby; siblings, Patrick Willoughby, Dru Willoughby and Kristi Willoughby; aunt and uncle, Francis Gene Bennett and many beloved cousins.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Carol Willoughby.

David was a talented artist and photographer. He was loved and respected for his gentle, supportive and selfless nature. David was a friend to all he met and made everything he knew feel treasured and special. He found the beauty in everything and everyone.

A celebration of life service will be held from 10:00am – 12:00pm on Friday, March 4, 2016 at Hughes Funeral Home. Expressions of condolence may be offered at Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home, 7951 American Way, Daphne, AL.


  1. Ed BeVier

    Dear Jack, and Pat,

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family for your loss of David. I have many fond memories of David from years ago when our children used to be compadres, and basically terrorized the neighborhood in Lake Forest!

    He was a good young man and his time on this Earth was way too short.

    Thinking of you in your time of sorrow.

    Ed BeVier and family

  2. Billie B DeView

    I am so sorry for your loss. I realize that there are no words that can possibly ease your pain so with a heavy heart I offer you my prayers.

  3. Lydia Barber

    I was so, so saddened to hear of David’s passing. He and my son, Allen, were in drama together at Daphne High. I will be praying for your family and friends. God bless.

  4. Ginger & Mike Dennis

    We are sending our love and prayers to David’s wonderful Dad, Jack, and to all of his family and friends. David was loved by so many. He was a talented gentle soul. He will be missed. Rest in peace David…..

  5. Debbie Bennett

    There are no words to express my sorrow. I can only imagine the celebration in heaven, Mamie and Carol wrapping you in their arms! I continue to pray for peace and understanding for those of us left here with only your memory. My memories with you always make me smile and it is those memories that will stay with me forever. May you rest in peace. Love and prayers.

  6. Frances Willoughby Delaney

    to Jack and pat and family I pray for your family and to get through this with greater love for everyone and find peace in this and each other. We all loved David so much and will miss him calling me Aunt Fran although we are cousins he called me and Dennis his aunt and uncle , will miss him greatly .Love you all and hugs for everyone!! Rest in peace cousin David!!

  7. Viki McGinty Woerner

    I was so blessed to have seen both of you last week and reconnect with a former kindergartener. David was very kind, polite, handsome and so passionate about his photography when we talked. Lifting you up in prayers and may God’s Grace continue to surround and comfort you Jack and your family.

  8. Jennie cole

    David was one of my best friends in high school. He was one of the rare few who was. We were both artists and had a lot of art classes together. He always inspired me to push myself harder, and was always supportive of my work. He was truly a kind hearted person who only wanted to see others succeed. My heart goes out to his family and all of his closest friends. He will be sorely missed!

  9. Danielle & Todd Gardner

    My dearest Jack,
    Todd and I were so saddened to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during your journey.
    We know how special your boys were to you. I pray that our loving God give you peace and strength in the coming days.
    We love you.
    Todd & Danielle

  10. Cullen Dyer

    Mr. Willoughby,
    I cannot express the heartache I feel for you and your family over David’s passing. I have so many fond memories of David, to whom I owe so much, and of you and your home, always open and welcoming to me. My thoughts are on you and your family during this difficult time. David encouraged and inspired his peers, myself included, and for that he will be remembered with fondness and admiration. I hope there is some comfort for you in that knowledge.
    My heartfelt condolences,

  11. Diane Bailey

    Dear Willoughby Family,

    I was so sadden to learn of David’s passing. He was one of my special Kindergarten students who was always sensitive to the needs of others. I have fond memories of him as a sweet child who strived to do his best. My prayer is that God’s love and comfort will surround your family at this difficult time.

    With sympathy,
    Diane Bailey

  12. Cheryl Smith

    David was a kind, sincere, quiet little boy in my first grade class. He had many friends and loved school. My prayers go out to his family for peace and God’s comfort at such a sad time. But, I know Carol is happy to wrap him in her loving arms once again. She loved her family so much. May you have wonderful memories of that sweet little boy who obviously grew up to be a great friend to many. You will be missed!

  13. Dr. Monica Sainz

    To the Willloughby family and friends of David, it was with great sadness that I also learned about David. He was one of my students at Daphne High School for yearbook/photography… he already then was full of talent and artistic flair! He was always around wonderful and kind young friends. I got to see him several times over the years at Panera and talk about his passion for photography and catching all things beautiful in this world. He will be missed by many people. What a kind gentleman he was. Best regards to the family and friends, “Ms. Monica”, Monica Sainz

  14. Andy & Wendy kirkland

    Our thoughts and prayers are with davids family and friends. Our daughter kara and David were such good friends. We remember the times David came over and when we all spent the weekend at dauphin island. Rest in peace David.

  15. Martha A. Willoughby

    David’s death is a tragic loss of a talented and loving young man, and my heart goes out to Jack and all of his family. I didn’t know him personally, but I do know that he was part of the Willoughby, Bennett and Thurman families who are full of love for each other. He was surrounded by love in this life and will be in heaven. My prayers will continue for God’s peace that passes all understanding to be with you.

  16. cheryl and Reid moore

    Jack, we were so sorry to hear of your sons passing. You and your family will remain in our thoughts and prayers. Reid, Cheryl and Joey Moore from New Castle, Ky

  17. Fred & Teresa Watkins

    Jack, We were so sorry to hear of your loss. We wanted you to know we are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers! RIP David
    With deepest sympathy,
    Freddy and Teresa

  18. Ronda Willoughby

    I just don’t even know where to begin.. I remember meeting this beautiful soul when he was six. Dave always had a gentle and loving heart. He worried about others so much. Dave had a remarkable eye and talent, and he was a gift to this world. I’m so blessed to have been a part of this incredible mans life for so long. My prayers are with his family and all of those who loved him. I will always make sure his nephews and niece know what a special person their uncle was… Much love

  19. Evan Willoughby

    Where do I even begin… I remember having so much fun with my uncle Dave every Time I saw him. When I was little he always would spend time with me and my siblings. He was a very great artist and he was very talented. I remember he could draw anything you asked him to. When I went to my granny’s house he always wanted draw pictures for me and carry me and my siblings on his shoulders. He was great with kids and was the most creative person I’ve ever known. He cared deeply for other people and had a big heart. I am happy to have an uncle who cared for his friends and family. I always will be proud to call him… My uncle Dave.

  20. Adam willoughby

    Dave was very creative. When I was little he use to come down with his dad and brother to visit us. All though I have not seen him since I was little,I still remember him very well. He was an amazing person and he was very very creative. I heard about this Monday and was sad and shocked. I pray for him and his family and hope they get through this hard time of their lives.
    R.i.p. Dave.



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