Jack T. Willis

Friday, March 6, 1931 - Monday, October 15, 2018

Our Loving Daddy

Photo of Jack T. Willis  - 1931-2018

Jack T. Willis

Clyde - Jack Thomas Willis, age 87, a man well known and a friend to many, passed away Monday, October 15, 2018.

Mr. Willis was born March 6, 1931 in Haywood County to the late Charles Columbus Willis and the late Maggie Rhea Willis.  He had honorably served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean War and was employed with Champion International and retired with many years of dedicated of service.  Jack was indeed well known throughout the community and he will be well remembered for his love of baseball and softball. Jack served as an umpire all throughout Western North Carolina. He was indeed a great mountain square dancer and he also held a true passion for raising and showing horses.  He traveled across the world “twice over” and his favorite international destination was Ireland. Jack had worked as a part-time policeman and had been a member of Pigeon River Masonic Lodge No # 386 AF and AM.  He truly loved all of his family and  always held a special love for his     former wife, Violet. Jack Thomas Willis is a man who truly loved life and he will be forever remembered.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Brigadier General Charles Willis, USAF.

Surviving are his daughters, Karen Thomas, Donna Willis, Jackie Carver and Debra Willis; grandchildren, Thomas Soesbee, Kayla Lasoya, Crystal Smathers and Mellisa McClemens; six great- grandchildren; a sister, Frances Garsson who is 97 years old and resides in Los Angeles, California.

Mrs. Violet Ballard, Jack’s former wife and the mother of his children, passed away one day before the passing of Mr. Willis. A time of remembrance and a celebration of their life memorial service is planned by their family to be held together.

The celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Calvary Baptist Church. Pastor Paul Murdock will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends in the church fellowship hall following the service.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Willis family and words of comfort may be shared at www.crawfordray.com

Condolences from family and friends


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Jack will be truely missed...i will miss him coming into the tobacco barn!! I thought alot of him!! My thoughts and prayers are with karen and the family during this time of loss!!
I am so sorry to hear about Jack. I was married to Barry Willis and met Jack through the family. He always had a kind word for me, even when my ex husband and I divorced. My prayers are with your family.
Janet Roberts
Prayers for the family in this time of loss. E will be missed. Rest in peace, Jack. Robin Cabe-Smith
Robin Cabe-Smith
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.
Pisgah High Class of 1975
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.
R. L. and Jane Shipman
My deepest sympathy to you girls and all of your families. I know this time of grief for you Daddy & Mother is very hard. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Juanita Dixon
Going to miss him coming in to FREDS to cut up with me liked he always did and calling me sweety. Miss you Jack. Thoughts and prayers for the family.
Emma Jones
The Willis were all good to us my dad Conley Revis we lived on there place fof years you have our prayers
Frances Revis Davis
Praying for peace and comfort for the family during this time. Dearly loved this man and had many great adventures with him and long chats! Wonderful memories I will hold dearly in my heart.
Carol Willis Sorrells
I am sorry for your lost. Mr. Willis was a nice and friendly man .He will be missed.
Brenda Woody
Debra and Missy and Crystal and Family, You all are in my thoughts and prayers . Praying for strength for you all. Sry for your loss.
Heather Hill
Jack was a friend to many and loved life. His presence will be sorely missed. Sorry for your loss, prayers to the family.
Charles Childers
I knew him when he would come into Ingles all the time, He will be greatly missed.
Heather Shultz
Such great memories of Jack over so many years. He was a tough, loving, kind man. So sorry for your loss girls....Love to each of you!!!
Margaret Rhea Surrett
My sincere condolences to your family. I adored your father. It was always a pleasure seeing him. My mother, Pat, spoke fondly of your mother. I will be thinking of you all.
Lisa Devlin Patten