A friend of a friend-Kelli Willoughby-Rex Willoughby-December 28

One thing I have learned is that good friends have other good friends. This is a series of stories about “friends of my friends”. The post below is the story for December 28, 2015.

My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “the friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.

Right before Christmas Day I needed to have some major electric work done and we called on Townsend Electric which consist of owner William Townsend, his son Ben, and several others employees. William was there to install a hot tub for my wife as a Christmas Day present.

The spa that William installed is below


During the day with temperatures hovering around 80 degrees William and I spent a lot of time talking.

One of the topics we discussed was his sister Pat Townsend Willoughby who is married to Paul Willoughby who I profile on April 14. Pat and Paul are both UNC Pembroke graduates and have done much to support the university especially the Athletic Department.


William and I talked about Pat and Paul’s son and his nephew Rex Willoughby and we both commented on how Rex had grown into a hard working man and leader. William and I both speculated that being the child of Pat and Paul the work ethic gene had taking hold especially after  Rex got married and had three children.


Rex was a standout collegiate golfer at UNC Pembroke and went on to play professional golf for a few years after graduation.

After a few years the lore of getting into the business that his parents had started took hold. Today Rex is part of PPR Foods a chain of McDonalds located in the Chapel Hill, Pittsboro, and Durham area of North Carolina. He is a hard worker that finds ways just as his parents did to give back. Video link profiles Rex.

Photo below is of the McDonalds in Pittsboro off of NC 87 coming out of Chapel Hill, NC

mcdonalds pittsboro nc

Rex wife Kelli Gregory Willoughby is also the products of some great Lumberton, NC parents.



The Friend of the Friend-KELLI WILLOUGHBY


The Mom to Three

Kelli Gregory Willoughby is the daughter of Rick and Mickey Gregory. I profiled Kelli’s mom Mickey back in a September post.


Kelli graduated from Lumberton High School and East Carolina University. As a mom she has provided much joy to her parents by making both of them grandparents three times over. When I get to see Kelli’s mom or dad around her kids their faces light up.

Photo below from October 2015 with Kelli’s mom and her three children.

Kelli's children

Kelli and Rex Willoughby both come from great stock and I suspect that their children will care on the tradition that they each received from their parents.





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