Died: April 11, 2014
Joshua Adam Walley, 21, of Leesburg, VA died Friday, April 11, 2014. He was born on September 28, 1992 in Manassas, VA. Joshua loved music of all kinds, snowboarding, fantasy football and pretty much all sports (especially the Patriots, the Caps and the Red Sox). He had a special talent for creating a mess in the kitchen and the really good food that went along with it. Josh could always bring a smile to your face or make you laugh, usually with a colorful joke at a moment that most people wouldn’t risk being seen as inappropriate but Josh didn’t care as long as he made you laugh. He valued family and loyalty above all else. Josh was a childhood ‘partner in crime’ to his brother Noah (who he shared the role of oldest child with), a protector to his sister Mercy, and mostly a harsh drill instructor to his younger brother Ben intending it to toughen him up and prepare him for the world. Joshua was his mother’s first baby and was used to save her life and help a very lost and hurting nineteen-year-old girl to find her way back to God and to discover her purpose. Joshua’s name means, ‘God saves’ which is exactly what He did for her. Like his mom, Josh loved to be silly and burst out in song randomly and be expressive. He was not ever afraid to become her young son again at any moment and snuggle up or hear his favorite bedtime song. Josh had a loving father who walked in his life when he was nine years old and was there for him every day since. Josh told his mom, “John’s good”, to give his stamp of approval that he was to be the man that he would have to love his mother and be his father. Josh had just that which was shown with the time John poured into caring and loving him just as he was. When Josh was thirteen John adopted him and he became a Walley, which Josh proudly embraced and showed by having the Walley family crest tattooed on his shoulder alongside of his father. Josh knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that his parents were there for him through thick and thin.
Joshua suffered with a serious illness for nearly eight years of his life. The pain Joshua endured was kept secret even from many of his closest friends, but if you knew him well he would share his secret in the darkest hours when the rest of the world was asleep. If you were blessed enough to see Joshua in those moments you would understand just how painful it was. What he endured was much more than any parent should ever have to watch a child go through. The hurt in his heart was the most painful of all. Joshua was truly our warrior and the bravest of us all.
In our hearts, we know that God put His hand out to our son and said, "Come with me, you have had enough." God knows how to deliver His people and so He did. We now rejoice in knowing that Joshua is free from pain and is full of joy in his Savior’s arms.
Josh will be missed by us all, His parents: John and Kendall Walley; His siblings: Noah (and wife Sarah), Mercy, and Ben; His grandparents: Cheree “Meme”, Siti, Granddad, GrandDave and Papa. His uncles and aunts: Uncle James (who was more like a brother), Uncle Rick, Uncle Blake, Uncle Harry, Aunt Stephanie and Auntie Amy Jo; His nephew: Kaleb; and beloved pets Tucker, and Margo, better known by him as Margus; and many friends who called him “Zeke”; His biological father, Jeff Lomas and step-mother Melissa Lomas.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be sent to: The Solutions Group, A Sober Living Community, P.O. Box 220214, Dorchester, MA 02122 http://solutionsgroupne.com - to support those who want to change their lives but don’t have the resources to help themselves. A service will be held to honor Josh’s memory at 2 pm Saturday, April 19th, 2014 at The Community Church, 19790 Ashburn Road, Ashburn, VA.