James Wills

Thursday 16th of May 1946 - Thursday 28th of July 2022

James Wills



Aug 11, 2022 (11:00 am - 1:00 pm)

Milward - Southland

391 Southland Dr., Lexington, KY

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Funeral Service

Aug 11, 2022 (1:00 pm )

Milward - Southland

391 Southland Dr., Lexington, KY

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James Wills, 76, passed away Thursday, July 28, 2022. Jim was born in Lexington, Kentucky to the late Oliver Wills and Hazel (Nicely) Thomas on May 16, 1946.

Jim served his country proudly in the United States Army. He retired from the Herald Leader as a production manager after 38 years and was very proud of the fact that he never missed a day of work. He took a lot of pride in his last name. 

Jim was an avid deer hunter and one way or another, made it a point to go deer hunting every year. He didn’t let his illness or anything stop him from his annual deer hunting pilgrimage. He was so proud of all the deer he successfully shot throughout the years. Jim also enjoyed fishing with his friends and loved his precious dog and pride and joy, Bendi.

Jim will always be remembered for his vast knowledge of everything. He was one of the smartest men you would ever know. Anyone who knew him will tell you that there was not a question you could ask him that he did not know the answer to. Jim took a lot of pride in knowing that he was extremely smart. He was also a great storyteller and had stories for days to tell. Jim sometimes told you the same story over and over, but he love sharing experiences about his life.       


Left to cherish Jim is his significant other, Jennifer Cornwell; daughter, Nicole Wills; stepchildren, Andy (Sydney) Stokley and Allie Endricks, as well as 7 grandchildren, Mackenzie Cruikshank, Jamie Wills, Addison Wills, Caydence Sparks, Emree Sparks, Westen Stokley, and Draven Salyer. In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas Wills.       


Visitation will be Thursday, August 11th, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Milward - Southland located at 391 Southland Dr. with service beginning at 1:00 pm. Interment with military honors will follow at Blue Grass Memorial Gardens in Nicholasville. Serving as pallbearers will be Andy Stokley, Marion Barker, Tim Russell,  Robbie Lindsey, Eddie Fain, James Sims, George Survant, and Tyler Black.  

In honor of his legacy and in lieu of flowers, please direct memorial donations to the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). 

To share a remembrance of Jim or to offer condolences to his family, please visit milwardfuneral.com.      

Guest Book

Dean Wilson


Jim and I met in the 3rd grade and friends since. A very special person. RIP my friend

1 week ago