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|Joseph Lee Willis, 84, left this old world Saturday, October 11, 2008 in the Four Winds Nursing Facility in Jackson, Ohio. Joe died as he lived, peacefully surrounded by his nieces and nephews.
Joseph Willis, the son of John Jackson Willis and Jane Emily Dotson Willis, was born, December 9, 1923 in Lebanon, Virginia. He married Dorothy Louise Heaton June 30, 1950 in Dayton, Ohio.
Among his many accomplishments were being a high school graduate and an athlete. Baseball (pitcher) was his sport of choice but he played basketball as well. Distance was not a deterrent for Joe as he had to walk nine miles to the school that had a sports program. After moving to Dayton, Ohio, he became a member of the Dayton Lodge No. 47 of the Free and Accepted Masons.
Joseph is survived by one sister, Ruth E. (James Craig) Asher, Atlanta, Georgia, one brother, Robert E. (Jay) Willis of Livingston Care Center in Dayton, Ohio and several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his wife, Dorothy Louise, his parents, sisters, Margie Willis and Mildred Sparks, brothers, Floyd, Henry, Ben, Carl, and James.
Joseph Willis moved with his family from Dante, Virginia to Dayton, Ohio in 1945. He worked and retired from the Hewitt Soap Company in which he was a press operator. After retiring from Hewitt’s in 1978, he and his wife “Lou” moved to Ray, Ohio where they purchased the farm that Lou’s family owned.
Joe was a person who loved and took care of this entire family. He had many words of wisdom that he lived by. One was “people know truth” and another was “if you don’t tell someone when they offend you, you are as bad as they are”. Yes, Joe was a man of his word and was a man who read his Bible and knew the author of the Bible. He was a man that was respected and loved by all who came in contact with him. Joe will be greatly missed by family, friends and neighbors.
Funeral arrangements are 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, Ocotber 15, 2008 at the Eisnaugle-Lewis Funeral Home with Pastor Jon Willis officiating. Burial to follow in Evergreen Cemetery.
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