On January 22nd, 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 2nd, 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, 3 sisters, Kristy (Willoughby) Bonnett and husband Tony, Suzanne Gooden, and Nicole Willoughby and 1 brother, Joshua Willoughby, as well as his biological father Donald Henson, his especially beloved Sabrina Fox, other relatives and many friends.