Jack T. Willis
Our Loving Daddy
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