THOMSON, Ga. -- Mr. Ray Franklin Willis, age 70, beloved husband of Wanda Minyard Willis, died Tuesday, April 19, 2005 in the McDuffie Regional Medical Center after a long battle with Supranuclear Palsy.
Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Friday, in the Thomson First Baptist Church with Dr. Jim Ramsey officiating.
Honorary pallbearers were the Men's Sunday School Class of Thomson First Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Westminster First Baptist Church Cemetery in Westminster, S.C.
Mr. Willis was a native of Phoenix City, Ala., a 1952 graduate of District 5 High School (now known as Burns High) in Duncan; he graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1956 with a BS in Mathematics. He was a Naval Aviator from 1956-1962 with an Honorable Discharge as 1st lieutenant. For more than 30 years, he was Director of Production Planning in the Garment Industry. Mr. Willis loved playing golf with his sons and friends. He was a past president of the Thomson Lion's Club and was a member of Thomson First Baptist Church where he was very active until his declining health.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin Franklin Willis and Mattie Frank Holder Willis, and is survived by his wife, Wanda Minyard Willis of Thomson; two sons and daughters-in-law, Scott Preston and Susan Kay Willis of Athens, and Phillip Minyard and Laura Ann Willis of Duluth; five grandchildren, Preston Daniel Willis, Zachary Luke Willis, Amelia Grace Willis, Logan Phillip Willis and Alexandra Marie Willis; three brothers, Robert Willis of Seneca, John Willis of Westminster, S.C., and Gary Willis of Anderson, S.C.; several nieces and nephews.
The family requests that donations in memory of Mr. Ray F. Willis be made to one of the following: Thomson First Baptist Church, 253 Jackson St., Thomson, GA 30824; Capital Campaign Gifts, P. O. Box 1205, Thomson, GA 30824, (706-595-4252); or to The Society for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, Woodholme Medical Building, Suite 515, 1838 Green Tree Road, Baltimore, MD 21208 (800-457-4777).