John W. Needham “Willie”

November 10, 1937 - July 15, 2021 West Grove, PA | Age 83

Mr. John W. Needham “Willie”, passed away on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at Select Specialty Care in Wilmington DE. He was the husband of Sara (Scott) Needham “Sally” for almost 62 years. Born on November 10, 1937 in West Grove he was the son of the late L. Bert Needham and Blanche E. (Thomas) Needham.

Willie was a graduate of Avon Grove High School, class of 1955. After high school Willie served in the United States Army from 1955 to 1957. He devoted his life to hard work beginning with owning the Amoco Service Station just outside of West Grove. He then worked for Pensupreme/Penn Dairies making deliveries and becoming a route manager. He entered into the mushroom business working for Mushroom Express as a packing room manager. At the age of 50 he started his own business, remodeling homes and businesses and repairing machinery in the mushroom industry. He was a longtime member of the Toughkenamon Presbyterian Church, a Past President of the Avon Grove Lion’s Club (1974-75) where he was a member since 1961. In his free time he enjoyed going to classic car shows and loved setting off fireworks at their 4th of July picnics.

In addition to his wife, Willie is survived by his children, Jane Needham Morrissiey (George) and William S. Needham (Marie), grandchildren Wes (Hannah), Brad (Theresa), Lauren (Brandon), Lindsey, Tyler, Georgia, Olivia and Gabrielle and great grandchildren Melanie, Evelyn, Carter, Gilbert, Maisie, Benjamin, Otto, Liam, and John. Willie is preceded in death by his son John Lewis Needham and sister Marjorie Pickel (Calvin). He is also survived by siblings Louise Courtney (late Robert), Donald B. Needham (Judith) and James L. Needham (Bernice).

Friends will be received on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 from 6 PM to 8 PM and on Thursday, July 22, 2021 from 10 AM until 11 AM at the Foulk Funeral Home of West Grove, 200 Rose Hill Road, West Grove, PA where services will begin at 11 AM. Interment will follow in Union Hill Cemetery, Kennett Square. Contributions may be made in Mr. Needham’s name to the Avon Grove Lion’s Club, 600 N Baker Station Rd, West Grove, PA 19390. Please visit his online memorial by going to


Funeral Service

July 22, 2021 11 AM Foulk Funeral Home of West Grove
200 Rose Hill Road
West Grove, PA


  1. Sally and Family
    So sorry hear the news today of Willie’s passing
    Our Blessings and Prayers are with all you of you🙏🙏
    Sandy and Ed Kavanagh

    Sandy Kavanagh | July 22, 2021 at 8:00 PM
  2. To all the Needham family. Willie will be missed. He was a good friend to all who knew him. We rode snow mobiles together. And I fed him and his cohorts almost every day at the diner. So kind with a great sense of humor. Rest In Peace Willie. Dottie Howell

    Dottie Howell | July 22, 2021 at 5:50 PM
  3. Deepest sympathies from The Conner Family. Jane sends love. Willie remains in our heart. He was so much fun, such a comedian, such a good man with a kind heart. I have such fond memories of him and good times spent with you all.

    Betsy Conner | July 22, 2021 at 12:40 PM
  4. We are so very sorry for your loss. Willie was such a great guy, always happy and smiling.
    I know he will be missed by all who knew him. God Bless All.
    Bob & Sandy Masten

    SANDY MASTEN | July 21, 2021 at 9:46 AM
  5. Dear Needham Family,
    Gerry and I are so sorry to hear of Willy’s passing. Such a fun loving soul.
    I always enjoyed hearing his stories and saying. Whenever asked how he was
    doing, the reply was “finer than frogs hair and that’s pretty darn fine”.
    Hold close all those happy memories and he will live forever in your hearts..
    May he rest easy now in the company of God, friends and family that were waiting to greet him.
    Our deepest sympathy,
    Gerry & Roseanne Ortega

    Roseanne | July 20, 2021 at 7:39 AM
  6. Sally, Jane and all your Family, I am so sorry to hear of Willie`s passing. His smile and friendly way will certainly be missed by all our community. God Bless him and keep him and give you all courage. Sincerest sympathy, Patsy

    Patsy Vanderkraats | July 19, 2021 at 7:10 AM
  7. Russ and I send our sympathy to your family at this sad time. I know he will be fondly remembered.

    Kathy Kilmer | July 18, 2021 at 8:49 PM
  8. Janie so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. I remember him coming in to the Cafe quite often. Out thought and prayer for you and your family. He’s with John now.
    Denise & Dot Parsons

    Denise & Dot Parsons | July 18, 2021 at 1:17 PM
  9. Jane and family, I’m so sorry for the loss of your father! He was a AWESOME man, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family 🙏

    Kathy Phillips | July 17, 2021 at 8:37 PM
  10. Our hearts go out to your family. Willie (and Sally} was a great friend and classmate, and we will surely miss him and his sense of humor.

    Bev and Wilson Lysle | July 17, 2021 at 8:22 PM
  11. The area has lost another part of its history. I am so sorry.

    Jean Moroney Bryan | July 17, 2021 at 12:39 PM
  12. I was saddened to hear Willie passed. He was a nice person. I have fond memories of him when growing up and in school. I will be praying for the family. Martha Jane Lamborn Mister

    Martha J Mister | July 17, 2021 at 11:56 AM
  13. Sally Jane Billy
    So sorry for your loss
    Willie was a great friend and mentor
    He will be greatly missed

    Keith Solway

    Keith Solway | July 17, 2021 at 10:23 AM
  14. So sorry for the family’s loss. I worked for willie at mushroom express. He was such a nice man. We use to go to his house for Christmas dinner. I remember he made the cocktail sauce so hot it would burn your nose😊. Rest in peace “catbird”.

    Amy M Stike | July 17, 2021 at 9:31 AM
  15. Sorry for your loss. He was a nice and caring man. We will miss him very much. From Greg and Gloria at Basciani Foods.

    Greg Robinson | July 17, 2021 at 8:12 AM
  16. Lion Willie was a great guy, always greeted everyone with a smile and usually had something funny to say and enjoyed a good laugh. He volunteered his time and was a hard worker. We enjoyed our time with him and will miss him. Our warmest thought to Sally and his family. Becky & Ed Tolmie

    Becky Evans Tolmie | July 16, 2021 at 6:44 PM
  17. Jane & Family,
    Very sorry hearing about your fathers passing. A good man who will be missed.
    Be at peace knowing he is in heaven today.
    Michael , Maryann Conner

    Michael Conner | July 16, 2021 at 6:42 PM

    alfred lewis | July 16, 2021 at 4:26 PM

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