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Billy Willis, Sr.

Billy Frank Willis, Sr., 90, resident of 105 West Russell Lake Blvd. husband of JoAnn Dickson Willis passed away Tuesday February 5, 2019 peacefully at Hospice Care of the Piedmont in Greenwood, SC.

Born in Anderson, SC September 18, 1928 he was a son of the late Steven Franklin Willis and Nancy Edmonds Willis.

Billy was a United States Army veteran an served during the Korean Conflict. He was a retired textile employee with West Point Pepperell Mills and was a faithful member of Calhoun Falls United Methodist Church.

Survivors include: His beloved wife of 67 years JoAnn Dickson Willis of the home; three grandchildren Anna Willis Thompson, Ashlea Willis and Alec Willis; two daughter-in-laws Laura B. Willis and Patti Baldwin; sister-in-law Joan Dickson of Abbeville, SC; a niece, Nancy Whitworth; and two nephews, Stephen and Tommy Pettigrew.

He was preceded in death by two sons Billy Willis, Jr. and Joe Willis and a sister Jeanette Willis Pettigrew.

Graveside services will be conducted Thursday February 7, 2019 at 2:00 PM in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens with the Rev. Frank McCoy officiating. The family is at the home of his daughter-in-law Laura Willis 577 New Rd. Abbeville, SC.

Memorials in memory of Billy may be made to Calhoun Falls UMC, PO Box 603. Calhoun Falls, SC 29628 or to Hospice Care of the Piedmont, 408 West Alexander Ave. Greenwood, SC 29646.

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I am so sorry to hear about Billy Frank's death. I am just learning about it. He was my cousin. My dad was, James Willis, of Aiken. We always looked forward to seeing his mom and dad and all of the family at the Willis family reunion at Clark Hill each June. My own husband died in December and mourn him every day. My love to JoAnn and the entire family.

Carolyn Willis Williams Feb 10 2021 12:00 AM

A nicer man you'll never meet again ...We will always remember Billy Frank.....
our love to JoAnn and Prayers for her from the bottom of our heart's......Love, Jean Lewis, Matt and Valerie



Very sorry to hear of the passing of Billy Frank. He was a great person. Praying for Joanne, Laura and the entire family.

Darrell and Dena Manning

Darrell Manning Feb 8 2019 12:00 AM

So very sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you in the day's ahead.

TIM DIXON Feb 6 2019 12:00 AM

We are so sorry to hear about Mr Willis. Our love, thoughts & prayers are with all of you! God Bless You All.
Donnie & Kathy Kilgore Grant

Donnie & Kathy Kilgore Grant Feb 6 2019 12:00 AM

Aunt Joe, so sorry to hear of Uncle Billy Frank's passing. I know he & Grandaddy, Leonard Perry will have a great reunion in heaven! I will keep you in my prayers! Love you, Linka Hilley Loftis

Linka Hilley Loftis Feb 5 2019 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. Asking the Lord to hold each of you close and give you peace and comfort. (((Hugs))) & Love, Linda

Linda Thompson Feb 5 2019 12:00 AM

I'm so sorry to hear of Mr. Willis' passing. Condolences to you all.

Dee Waters Lollis Feb 5 2019 12:00 AM