Willard Longman passed away peacefully on Nov. 3, 2017 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was predeceased by his first wife Joyce, second wife Delores and sister Ruth. He is survived by sons Jason and Michael Longman, daughter Barbara Sumey, life companion Linda Small, and brothers Bruce, Norman and Eddie. Willard was born Dec. 17, 1931 in Norfolk, VA.
Willard was a graduate of Maury High School and attended Johnson and Wales University. He owned the Derby Bar & Grill in South Norfolk and Sandbar Restaurant in Ocean View. Willard was the head Chef of the Sandbar and loved to cook delicious steaks, seafood and Italian meals for his patrons. He was very kind to his customers and would always lend a helping hand or an ear to anyone in need. He also became a competitive billiard player while running the bar and enjoyed playing in the Southern Amusement Pool League with his son Jason. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with good friend Billy Small and his son Michael. Willard, known to close friends as Willie, had a big heart and loved spending time with family and friends by whom he will be deeply missed.
A graveside service will be held at 12 Noon @ Woodlawn Memorial Gardens (6309 East Virginia Beach Blvd. Norfolk, VA 23502) on Monday, November 6, 2017.
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