Willa Robinson McNeill

February 10, 2021

CHARLOTTE - Willa Robinson McNeill, 77, died on February 10, 2021 at her home.

Willa was born in Richmond, VA on January 28, 1944, daughter of Isaac Rhodes Robinson and Ruth Williford Robinson.

She was a 1966 graduate of Meredith College where she majored in math and religion. Willa met her husband of 54 years, Jerry McNeill, in the library at N.C. State while they were both in school. They married shortly after graduation.

Willa was an artist in her own right and spent a number of years helping the famous artist, Zolton Szabo do workshops and sell his paintings. She and Jerry were long-time members of St. John’s Baptist Church where she was on the Care Committee which prepared meals for families who lost loved ones. She loved to help others in any way she could. Willa made over a 1000 face coverings to help out during the COVID pandemic. These masks were sent to a wide variety of groups. She made masks with clear coverings for deaf people and their families as well as mask that were sent to the Navajo Nation.

In addition to her husband, Jerry, Willa is survived by their daughter, Kim McNeill and her husband, Miles Tihansky; a brother, Rhodes Robinson and his wife, Sara and a sister, Thadia George and her husband, Don.

Services will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be sent to St. John’s Baptist Church, 300 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC 28204 or to ADABI, which is a women’s shelter on the Navajo Nation. Adabihealingshelter.org

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC; 28204 (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.

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  • Chris and Sharon Williams

    Jerry and Kim so sorry to hear about
    Willa passing away. May the Lord
    Bless you and keep you and surround
    You in his Love. Willa will truly be missed. Lots of love to your family.
    Chris and Sharon

  • Robin Clark

    Jerry, I am so sorry about the death of Willa. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Robin Garner Clark

  • Peggy Wiggins

    My deepest sympathy to Jerry and Kim and to Willa's siblings. I am sharing your grief and loss. I admired Willa's art and shared her ties to Meredith. I will miss her!