Donna Lisa Willis

Sunday, July 19, 1959 - Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Forever Remembered In Our Hearts

Photo of Donna Lisa Willis  - 1959-2021

Clyde- Our hearts are broken as our beautiful Donna Lisa Willis left her earthly home to enter into her glorious heavenly home on Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

Donna was born July 19, 1959 to the late Jack T. Willis and the late Violet Potter Ballard. She had made her home in Haywood County all of her life and Donna had been employed with Interstate Securities as a stockbroker. Everyone who was blessed to know Donna loved her. She was a stunningly beautiful young lady and she had enjoyed professional modeling during her younger years. Donna was gifted with many talents- her natural gift of artistry was evident in the many paintings and sketches that Donna created. She also enjoyed riding motorcycles throughout the mountains and she also held a great love for all animals. Donna loved horses and she and her family took great pride in raising their beautiful appaloosas.  Donna always said that riding always brought her delightful feelings of joy and freedom. She also enjoyed traveling but Donna always loved coming home to the mountains where she was born and raised. We rejoice for Donna’s life and for what she has meant to each of us and the blessings she has been in our lives.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Jackie Carver that she loved with all her heart.

Surviving are her sisters, Karen Thomas (Larry) of Clyde, and Debbie Willis (Clarence) of Colorado; her loving partner of many years, Jerry Caldwell of Clyde; nieces, Kayla Thomas (Paul), and Missy McClenens (Nick); a nephew, Thomas Soesbee; several cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews; also Donna’s beloved cats, “Beau” and “Maya” (Little Girl).

A service of remembrance for Donna will be held at 2:00 pm Monday, June 7, 2021 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior.

Memorials may be made in Donna’s memory to Sarge’s Animal Rescue at 256 Industrial Park Waynesville, NC 28786 or to Haywood Spay / Neuter at P.O. Box 992 Waynesville, NC 28786.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Willis family.

Condolences from family and friends

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.
Pisgah High Class of 1975
I’m heartbroken for the family! May God give you peace and comfort.
Rhonda Beck
Karen, I am so sorry to hear of Donna’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Debbie. Love you, LuAnne
LuAnne Allen
So sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to you and your family
Barbara Fisher
My sincere condolences to your dear family. Beautiful, loving and kind were what I will remember about her. Gone too soon.
Lisa D Patten
Jerry Joyce and I were so sorry to hear about Donna. We never got to know her that well but our friends who knew her had nothing but good things to say about her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Donna’s family. Love to all. Dean and Joyce Robinson
Dean and Joyce Robinson
I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Coleen Blaylock
So very sad. My prayers and condolences go out to the family.
Charles Childers
My thoughts and prayers are with you her family. I have so many good memories of Donna and I. So glad to have known her and called her my friend
Kathy S. Holmes
My thoughts and prayers are being lifted up for the family.
Juanita Dixon
My thoughts and prayers are with you. May peace and comfort swiftly settle in your hearts.
Beth Edwards
Very sorry for your loss. Sending healing thoughts and prayers for your family.
Pam Smathers
Karen, sending sweet condolences and love. Donna was always a kind friend to me. Sincere sympathy.
Clara A. Curtis
Dear Karen and Family, We send our deepest condolences to you and all your family. Donna always had a quick smile and sincere concern about how we were doing. She will be missed!
Doug and Patty Buchanan
Karen, we are thinking of you with much love during this difficult time.
David and Judy (Harkins) Russell
Karen and family so very for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
LouAnn Owen Pressley