Funeral services for Jeffery Willis will be held at the Phillips, Lee, Monroe and Desha District Center at Helena Crossing 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010.
Funeral services for Jeffery Willis will be held at the Phillips, Lee, Monroe and Desha District Center at Helena Crossing 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight in the Robert Lee Brown Memorial Chapel. Burial will be in Oak Grove No.1 Cemetery
On Jan. 7, 1959 God saw fit to bless the late Florence Mae Willis and James Willis with the birth of a son whom they gave the name Jeffrey Jerome Willis. He was called home to be one of God's angels on Feb. 13, 2010.
Growing up, Jeffrey could always be found repairing, tearing down or building something. Carpentry work is something that he was very passionate about, so he decided to go to Job Corps and that is where he received his formal training and picked up the necessary skills to master doing what he liked to do best.
On May 30, 2009, Jeffery took Maria White to be his wife. This union was blessed with two children.
Jeffrey was a workaholic some might say. He was a long time employee 25 years plus of the PYCO, formerly known as Helena Cotton Oil Mill, beginning his tenure there in 1975 after receiving the news of the upcoming arrival of his first child. He was determined to be and always has been a great father and provider for his children. He started out at the bottom and worked his way up to mill supervisor. He was a dedicated worker until the company decided to shut down in 2008. He would work long hours, wouldn't take breaks, and if you mentioned the word "vacation" to him, he'd say, "What is that?" He did all this and never complained only to be able to provide for his family and others when he was able.
Jeffrey wasn't the most religious person. He had his own thoughts and belief on the issue. However, his relationship with God was just what it was, his relationship with God.
Willis was preceded in death by his parents, Florence Mae and James Willis and a brother, Ricky Willis.
He leaves to cherish his memory, a loving an supportive wife, Florence Mae Willis; daughters, Katheenya Sanders-Willis, Jakyla Willis and Jada Willis; a son, Jeffrey Jerome Willis Jr. of Memphis; brothers, James Willis, Toranzy (Margaret) Davis and Johnnie Davis; sisters, Celestine Greer, Frankie Mae Hawkins, Rose (Roosevelt) Johnson; grandchildren, Tre'Nequa Green and Jamiah Willis; a stepdaughter that he raised as his own, Shequilla Brown-Parnell of Memphis; a special grandmother-in-law, Lucille Armstrong (Boo); two close friends, Jimmy Shepherd and Julius Carter; a special goddaughter, Makayla White; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Brown's Home for Funerals Inc. will direct services.
Friends may sign the online guestbook at www.brownshomeforfuneralsinc.com.