Jackie R. Willis

Friday, March 22, 1963 - Sunday, June 9, 2019

A Loving and Courageous Woman

Photo of Jackie R. Willis  - 1963-2019

Clyde- Jackie Rosanne Willis, age 56, peacefully entered into her glorious heavenly home on Sunday, June 9, 2019.

Jackie was born March 22, 1963 in Haywood County to the late Jack Willis and the late Violet Potter Willis Ballard. As a beautiful child and a young girl growing up, she was surrounded by multitudes of friends. Everywhere Jackie was, she brought great joy, laughter, and happiness to those around her. She was extremely talented and could accomplish anything that she put her mind to do.  Jackie had been employed as a foreman with Carolina Metals in Asheville and had also enjoyed working at Boyd’s Christmas Tree Farm in Waynesville.  She was known to have a “green thumb” when it came to raising any type of plant or flower and her time of employment with Sloan’s Plant Farm in the Bethel Community was pure enjoyment for her. Jackie was blessed with a strong physical strength as well as being a lady of great courage. She received a Black Belt in Taekwondo and had served as an instructor with Fred Riley’s Academy of Martial Arts in Canton.  In her spare time, she enjoyed traveling and spending special time with her grandchildren whom she adored with all her heart. She will also be remembered for her great love and concern for all animals.  Jackie was a member of Long’s United Methodist Church on Coffee Branch Road in Canton.  We cherish our memories of Jackie and know that wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories to remember. 

She is survived by her son, Thomas Soesbee of Canton; her grandchildren, Lukas and Logan Soesbee; her sisters, Karen Willis Thomas of Clyde; Donna Willis of Clyde and Debra Willis and Clarence of Colorado; nieces, Kayla, Crystal and Melissa and many friends that loved her dearly.

The funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Friday, June 14, 2019 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Pastor Erin Rubel will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral service. Burial will be in Longs Community Cemetery.

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

Condolences from family and friends

Jackie shared her Love, Compassion, Courage and Strength with us all, rest in Peace. Continued Prayers for the family and friends. Will always remember her fun visit with us at our home at the beach. We bought fun sundresses, beach hats and strolled the Marsh Walk at Murrells Inlet. Many fun memories.
Deborah Reed
My heartfelt condolences to all of Jackie's family. She was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. Heaven is shining brighter with Jackie there. May the memories you each hold so near and dear, be your comfort now and always.
Cindy Dixon-Owen
Rip Jackie! You will be missed
Karen and family, so very sorry for your loss ... thoughts and prayers for the entire family.
David Ingle
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.
Pisgah Class of 1975
My deepest sympathy to the family. Jackie was an amazing person and friend she will truly be missed.
Christine Frese
Our deepest sympathies to your family.
Lisa Devlin Patten
Our deepest sympathies to your family.
Lisa Devlin Patten
To Debra and Family; My thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of u all. Love, Heather Bodnar
Heather Bodnar
She was a brave and courageous lady. May she Rest In Peace.
Cheryl Holcombe Claiborne
Karen, so sorry for your loss.
Sharon Hill
My deepest condolences to your dear family.
Lisa Devlin Patten