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Cynthia Denise Willis

Cynthia Denise Willis
  • September 29, 1960 - February 25, 2021
  • Summerville, South Carolina

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“My heart is broken Cynthia was one of the sweeties people that I have ever known. Not only was she my client for 5 years. She was my friend. We...Read More »
1 of 74 | Posted by: Diana Hinton - Summerville, SC

“Ms Cynthia had such a beautiful smile and I always enjoyed speaking with her and Mr Willis when they came for her appointments. We all truly loved...Read More »
2 of 74 | Posted by: Nancy Grooms

“Melvin & Family,We are sorry for the loss of your beautiful wife & mother, Cynthia... Cynthia left a legacy of loving memories to all who...Read More »
3 of 74 | Posted by: A friend

“Mel, my heart griefs for you and your family. Cynthia's heart was beautiful and that beauty overflowed onto those who met her. As a Christ follower...Read More »
4 of 74 | Posted by: Lynn Ihnen - O'Fallon, IL

“Mel and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Cynthia was such a caring person. She was always there when I needed a pick me up. Her smile was...Read More »
5 of 74 | Posted by: Juile Phillips - Charleston, SC

“Praying for Peace and Comfort to the Sturdivant and Willis Families Sending my Love to All ❤ Kim Hunter Hopson ”
6 of 74 | Posted by: Kim Hunter Hopson - Hampton, VA

“Mama Willis thank you for accepting me as one of your own! You and Mr.Willis always welcomed me and the other Citadel guys into your home and I am...Read More »
7 of 74 | Posted by: Kenny Stephens - Columbia, SC

“Send my deepest prayers... There are not enough words to express my pain and sadness... Prayers to the Mel and the family... Jesus.. Be a shield and...Read More »
8 of 74 | Posted by: Theresa Coward - Charleston, SC

“Ms. Cynthia is one of the people who is always there when you need her, even just to talk. She always has God's words that she leaves you at every...Read More »
9 of 74 | Posted by: Emily Heatherdale - Goose Creek, SC

“We just heard of Cynthia´s home going. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends who had the privilege of knowing this kind and...Read More »
10 of 74 | Posted by: Pam and Jeff Jones

“To the family of Cynthia Willis you all have my deepest condolence I pray for your family sending my love and my prayers in the time of need Cynthia ...Read More »
11 of 74 | Posted by: Kimberly Hendricks - Hampton, VA

“Cynthia was a good friend from the neighborhood - Granger Court forever! I'm so sorry to learn of this loss. I last saw Cynthia a few years ago, at...Read More »
12 of 74 | Posted by: Renate Yarborough Sanders - VA

“Melvin our family's heartfelt thoughts, prayers, and sympathy are with you during this difficult time. Cynthia will live on in our hearts and...Read More »
13 of 74 | Posted by: Willie West - Calumet City, IL

“My heart is so broken but I am so grateful for the storehouse of memories I have of Cynthia growing up. We lived across the street from each other. I...Read More »
14 of 74 | Posted by: Cindi Smith Rush - Springdale, MD

“So sorry for your loss. Every time I saw your mother during our coastal days she had a smile, a great spirit and my sincerely condolences are with...Read More »
15 of 74 | Posted by: Travaughn Long - Charlotte, NC

“To Mel and The Family;My Sincere Condolences To You and The Family. It was a pleasure working with/beside Cynthia. She was a Beautiful Person. Gone...Read More »
16 of 74 | Posted by: Charlesetta Sophia Murray - SC

“Auntie you will be truly missed! Love you forevermore ”
17 of 74 | Posted by: Crystal Neighbors - IL - Family

“My deepest condolences Uncle Melvin and cousins. I know how you all are feeling inside and I will keep each of you in my prayers. I Love You All&...Read More »
18 of 74 | Posted by: Kymberly Walker - Antioch, TN

“Sending prayers of comfort ”
19 of 74 | Posted by: Lisa Willos - Chicago, IL

“Mel:LaQuitta and I are devastated to hear this news; please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.Greg and LaQuitta Moultrie ”
20 of 74 | Posted by: Greg Moultrie - Brandywine, MD

“We started out as coworkers but you became like a sister. Words can describe how much I will miss you. Sleep on Chief until we meet again. Did you...Read More »
21 of 74 | Posted by: Pamela Aiken - GOOSE CREEK, SC

“Mel,Thinking of you and your family. It was an honor to know Cynthia, be her friend and co-worker. She was a lovely woman and always had a smile on...Read More »
22 of 74 | Posted by: Tiffany Kennedy - SC - Coworker

“I am blessed to have you as a long time friend. I will miss you! Please watch over us all! ”
23 of 74 | Posted by: Karen Murphy - Washington, DC

“Mel, I'm sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
24 of 74 | Posted by: Shirvetta Davis - Summerville, SC

“Cynthia was someone you could count on for a smile and greeting whenever you saw her. Wishing her happiness and warm smiles forever in Heaven! ”
25 of 74 | Posted by: Kathleen Gebhard - Summerville, SC

“To Mel And familyMy family send our deepest sympathies. Heaven is rejoicing as another Angel has earned her wings. May God grant you comfort and...Read More »
26 of 74 | Posted by: Gloria Thompson - Summerville, SC

“Mel and boys, you have my heart full condolences at such a time as this. Cynthia was a beautiful soul created by our heavenly father. A jewel. ...Read More »
27 of 74 | Posted by: Patricia Pinckney

“Praying for the Willis and Sturdivant families at this time.I grew up across the street from the Sturdivants some 50 years ago. When they moved on...Read More »
28 of 74 | Posted by: Deborah Love Rogers - Ashburn, VA

“Mel, Phil and I send our deepest sympathies to you and your family. I will miss Cynthia's beautiful smile, her kindness, and our little chats in the...Read More »
29 of 74 | Posted by: Lisa Leonard - Summerville, SC

“I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathy to the Willis Family. I did not personally know Cynthia, but I saw her frequently at work. She was a...Read More »
30 of 74 | Posted by: Velma Goodwin - North Charleston, SC

“Mel,I'm so sorry for your loss. I only met Cynthia a couple of times at work. Her obituary is lovely. I know that she has fought hard and having such...Read More »
31 of 74 | Posted by: Vicki Alea - Charleston, SC

“Mel,My heart goes out to you and your family. I know that words will not be able to replace your love of 39 years, but please know you are in my...Read More »
32 of 74 | Posted by: Kendra Weber - CHARLESTON, SC

“You have condolences ”
33 of 74 | Posted by: Oscar Garner - Florissant, MO

“Uso, Truly sorry for your loss.. Iknow the Lord has you in his arms. Praying for you and the family. Love you brotha! ”
34 of 74 | Posted by: Nicholaus Tavale - Lemoore, CA

“Mel (Chief) and Family,We are deeply saddened! Cynthia was truly a hard worker and showed a great deal of praise in not only her work, but her...Read More »
35 of 74 | Posted by: Cliff & Yvonne Price - Ladson, SC

36 of 74 | Posted by: Janita Brown - Summerville, SC

“Brother Mel and Family,I am so sorry for your loss. Praying that the Lord will provide you with the strength to make it through this difficult time...Read More »
37 of 74 | Posted by: Kwame Williams - Triangle, VA

“Our prayers and thoughts are with you Cousin Melvin and the entire family during this time. We will keep you lifted before the Lord who reminds us...Read More »
38 of 74 | Posted by: Allison (Willis) Harrell - IL

“Chief Willis,Prayers for you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss, Cynthia was a beautiful person inside and out. God Bless!Diane Chancey ”
39 of 74 | Posted by: Diane Chancey - Summerville, SC

“Melvin, I'm sharing your sadness and truly sorry for what you are experiencing now. Wishing you peace and strength. I know that Cynthia will forever...Read More »
40 of 74 | Posted by: Gail Bush - Jacksonville, FL

“Mel,I'm so sorry to hear this news. 60 is so young. I just wanted you to know that you and your family are in my prayers and our NIWC Bible study...Read More »
41 of 74 | Posted by: Paul Cooper - Mount Pleasant, SC

“Mel, My heart goes out to you and your family over the passing of Cynthia. She was such a positive influence on everyone around her and that...Read More »
42 of 74 | Posted by: Tasha Watson - North Charleston, SC

“Melvin, please accept our heartfelt condolences. Cynthia was such a sweetheart and our lives are richer because she touched us deeply. May your...Read More »
43 of 74 | Posted by: Alesia Heyward - Summerville, SC

“Melvin,I am truly sorry for your loss. Cynthia was a beautiful person inside and out. I am blessed to have had conversations with her. May God...Read More »
44 of 74 | Posted by: Linda Brooks - Kernersville, NC

“I was truly an honor to meet you! Your son is a brother to me and I'm grateful that through your son God allowed are paths to cross. When you can sit...Read More »
45 of 74 | Posted by: Lucien Walker - Huntsville, AL

“With heartfelt condolences to the Willis Family and to the Sturdivant family of Hampton, VA. I am remembering an adorable little girl, Cynthia...Read More »
46 of 74 | Posted by: Doris & Leroy Mangrum & Family - VA

“Our deepest sympathy to the Willis Family. Cynthia was such a wonderful person and we were truly blessed to have known her. Aubrey and Sheila Sullivan ”
47 of 74 | Posted by: Sheila Sullivan - Covington, GA

“Mel and family - what a shock to read of Cynthia's passing. Even though I only saw you both together on a few occasions, I could tell you loved and...Read More »
48 of 74 | Posted by: Tony Oglietti - Summerville, SC

“Sending your family prayers of love, strength, and comfort. ”
49 of 74 | Posted by: Danny & Renee Smart - PENSACOLA, FL

“My deepest sympathy to the Willis' Family. Mrs. Cynthia always had a smile on her face whenever I saw her! I pray that God's Peace and Comfort is...Read More »
50 of 74 | Posted by: Joy Franklin - Summerville, SC

“I want to offer my deepest sympathies to Mel and the family for their loss. Cynthia always had time for anyone in need. If she was in your presence...Read More »
51 of 74 | Posted by: Norvis Dupree - Summerville, SC

“Mrs. Cynthia was a one of a kind lady. Her strength, bright smile and wonderful personality are things I will always remember her by. She was always...Read More »
52 of 74 | Posted by: Laura Love - Hanahan, SC

“My deepest sympathies to you, mel, and your family! ”
53 of 74 | Posted by: (cmsgt., ret) ron hamilton & family

“Always a kind person. Only knowing herfrom Sharon. May her memory be a blessings to her family. ”
54 of 74 | Posted by: Jacqueline Logan

“My sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Cynthia. She brought so much light to our little world at work and always had the kindest...Read More »
55 of 74 | Posted by: Heather Crowe - West Ashley, SC

“I came to know Cynthia while working on Joint Base Charleston. Cynthia always had a kind word and heartfelt encouragement whenever you needed it....Read More »
56 of 74 | Posted by: LAWANDA WILLIAMS - Summerville, SC

“Condolences, we'll be praying for you and your family. God's love and grace are always with you. The Pistella Family ”
57 of 74 | Posted by: Tony and Danielle Pistella - SC

“Mr. Mel-Extending my deepest condolences and prayers to you and your family. Mrs. Cynthia will be deeply missed such a sweet soul. ”
58 of 74 | Posted by: AYANNA MILLER - MONCKS CORNER, SC

“Mel, my heart is sad at the passing of such a beautiful soul. You, your family and coworkers truly had an angel here on earth. Cynthia's heart and...Read More »
59 of 74 | Posted by: Judy Surratt - N. Charleston, SC

“Mel & family: Sending you my deepest condolences for the loss of your loved one. Praying for healing & peace, & will be thinking of you during these...Read More »
60 of 74 | Posted by: Sylvia Moats - Hanahan, SC

“Mel, My deepest condolences and prayers go out to you and your family. Cynthia was always a joy to work with and be around. Comforting hugs to all. ”
61 of 74 | Posted by: Gaylia Langan-Calimag - SC

“I am saddened to hear about the passing of Mrs. Cynthia; I met her over 10 years ago and she trained me thoroughly coming into the government...Read More »
62 of 74 | Posted by: Brandee Johnson - Goose Creek, SC

“Cynthia was a beautiful person and full of laughter and Love. My heart felt prayers go out to the family. God has another Angel in heaven.In His Love...Read More »
63 of 74 | Posted by: Lynn Corzine, White - Hampton, VA

“You all have my deepest condolences.May God bless and keep you all in his care. ”
64 of 74 | Posted by: Wanda Little - Charlotte, NC

“Our prayers and condolences go out to the family. Growing up in Granger Court with Cynthia I always considered her and her family as my own. Even...Read More »
65 of 74 | Posted by: Reginald Love - Hampton, VA

“Mel, Our deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing of Cynthia. Cynthias obituary was so beautifully written. So much love in her...Read More »
66 of 74 | Posted by: Julie Wiltrout - Goose Creek, SC

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Willis Family. ”
67 of 74 | Posted by: Christi Skiles - Family Friend

“Mel, Yolanda and I send our deepest condolences to you and the family. I remember meeting Cynthia in Korea for the first and only time. The genuine...Read More »
68 of 74 | Posted by: Robert McCalla - Valdosta, GA

“My deepest condolences to the family. May Cynthia RIP ”
69 of 74 | Posted by: Sebrena Howard Webster - GA

“Prayers and condolences to Mel and the family. God's Blesses be upon you. ”
70 of 74 | Posted by: Karen Chisolm, CMSgt (RET & Paul Chisolm

“May the peace of God strengthen and keep you ”
71 of 74 | Posted by: Linda Mazyck - Cross, SC - Friend

“Worked with Cynthia at DFAS. Such a kind and considerate person. She will be missed. ”
72 of 74 | Posted by: Mary Garrison - SUMMERVILLE, SC

“My condolences and prayers are with the family of Cynthia Willis.I asked god to take the pain away and wipe away your tears.Love you Melvin.Dwight...Read More »
73 of 74 | Posted by: Maudie Gamble - CARBONDALE, IL

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family as you deal the loss of this sweet wife and Mother. May God wrap you each in his arms. ”
74 of 74 | Posted by: Ken and Peggy Reese - Summerville, SC

Cynthia Denise Willis, 60, of Summerville, South Carolina, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, 25 February, 2021. A visitation will be held Tuesday, March 2, 2021 from 6 to 8 P.M. at J. Henry Stuhr Funeral Home Northwoods Chapel, 2180 Greenridge Rd., North Charleston with the Home Going service being held Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at Faith Church, 337 Farmington Road in Summerville. There will be a brief visitation that morning starting at 9 A.M. with services starting promptly at 10 A.M.

For those unable to attend the Home Going in person please use the following URL to view the service:

Cynthia was born in Newport News, Virginia on September 29, 1960 to John Leighton Sturdivant (deceased) and Marlene Deitrich Sturdivant. She was the third of six children (five girls and one boy). She attended Bethel High School in Hampton Virginia and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Campbell University, Buies Creek, North Carolina with a Bachelor of Business Administration/Accounting degree. Cynthia proudly served her country having worked for the last six years as an Accountant for the Naval Information Warfare Center – Atlantic in North Charleston. She was a devoted wife, mother, aunt, "Ti Ti", Godmother, and friend. She looked forward to family gatherings whether with her biological family, her lowcountry family, or the large extended "military" family that grew during the nearly 29 years she supported her husband's Air Force career. Her mac and cheese, collard greens, and German chocolate cake were just a few of the frequently requested crowd pleasers. Prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic she had been an active member of Faith Church. She was regularly seen volunteering at one of the church food banks or serving at the Summerville campus greeter desk.

Cynthia had an eye for beauty, an affinity for angel collectibles (as evidenced by the numerous figurines seen throughout the house), and a true servant's heart, and received her greatest joy when she was able to put a smile on someone's face or lend a helping hand to a person she had just met or known for years. She enjoyed crafting things with her hands and was often asked to create flower arrangements for weddings and showers. She loved crocheting and quilting and blessed many family members and friends with her creations. She had a green thumb which could be seen by anyone who walked by her cubicle at work. She could be counted on to offer a kind word and was always there to listen and comfort a loved one going through a difficult time. She was down to earth and always accepted people as they were, never judging them but showing God's love to them.

Cynthia leaves to cherish her memory, her devoted and loving husband of almost 39 years, Melvin D. Willis; her son's Melvin D. Willis II and Marquel D. Willis; Marquel's girlfriend Chelsey Carroll and her daughter Lennon (who Cynthia had already adopted as her daughter-in-law and granddaughter); her mother, Marlene Sturdivant; her siblings Bonita Clark, John Sturdivant, Tammy Sturdivant (Blaise Boumkvo), Sonya Sturdivant-Singleton, and Crystal Sturdivant; a special sister-in-law, Sharon Willis-Fane; niece, Amber Willis; great nephew, Malachi Warren; and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, Godchildren, and friends.

Memorial gifts may be directed in lieu of flowers to the MUSC Foundation/Hollings Cancer Center (gynecological oncology) 18 Bee Street, MSC 450, Charleston SC 29425 or online at the following URL in her name: Online Donation | Hollings Cancer Center - Medical University of South Carolina ( at: