Kenneth Erwin Willis, 72, of Dalton, Georgia, passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.
He was born on Nov. 30, 1947 to the late Ralph Eugene Willis and Ethel Lee Taylor Willis in Dalton. He was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church, attended Emery Street School, Dalton Junior College, Kennesaw Community College, and a veteran of the United States Marine Corp. He retired from the Georgia Department of Public Safety. Mr. Willis was a Master Mason, 32nd Degree Rome Consistery, member of the Dalton Masonic Lodge No. 238, NAACP, Soul Seekers Ministry Motorcycle Club.
Survivors are his loving and devoted wife of 52 years, Barbara Ann Richardson Willis of Dalton, Ga.; one son, Barry Juitt Willis, Sr. of Marietta, Ga.; daughter, Kimberly Nicole Willis Mitchell of Marietta, Ga.; grandchildren, Taylor Gage Mitchell, and Barry Juitt Willis, II, of Marietta; one sister, Karen Shropshire of Fayetteville, Ga.; two brothers, Ralph (Tammie) Willis of Dalton, Ga., Monty (Jackie) Willis of Marietta; aunts, Eva Nelle (Hanford) Willis Stafford of Prospect, Ky., Beverly Anderson of Oak Park, Mi., Linda Taylor of Mi.; uncles, Jeff Davis Taylor, Jr. of Albion, Mi., Robert Earl Taylor of Battlecreek, Mi.; nieces, Tracie Famber, Zakia (Michael) Banks, Heather (Matt) Bohrman, Jamila Willis, Taylor Willis, special nieces, Rhonda Vassar, and Nikki Smith; nephews, Randall (Dre) Shropshire, Richie Willis, Drew (Terri) Bonds, Imani Willis, Job Willis, Ché (Shantel) Powers, Maynard Stokes (fiancé, Stephanie); and other nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.
A funeral service will be on Saturday, July 11, at noon at the Chapel with Minister Benjamin Phillips, Jr. officiating.
Visitation will be at the funeral home on Thursday and Friday, July 9 and 10, after noon. Interment will be at West Hill Cemetery with full Military Honors.
The service will be recorded and uploaded to the Willis Funeral Home, Inc. Facebook account after the service.
Arrangements are entrusted Willis Funeral Home, Inc., Dalton, Georgia. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the educational fund of Kenny's grandsons to Mrs. Barbara Willis, 2210 Rocky Face Circle, Dalton, Georgia 30720.