Willis, Joyce Faye Pettit (Cleveland)

Thursday, January 14, 2021
Joyce Faye Pettit Willis
Joyce Faye Pettit Willis

Joyce Faye Pettit Willis, 77, a lifelong resident of Cleveland, Tennessee, passed away Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at a healthcare center in Chattanooga. 

She was a member of Benton Church of Christ.  She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who loved spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Willard Pettit and Ollie Martha Mallory Pettit; five sisters and six brothers.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Leonard Ray Willis; three children, Walter Ray Willis and wife Elizabeth of Cleveland, Martha (Sissy) Joyce Morrison of Cleveland, and Debra Ann Ratcliffe and husband Jim of Jacksonville, AL; three grandchildren, Nicole Keys of Calhoun, GA, Dustin Morrison of Cleveland, and Melissa Agar and husband Austin of Cleveland; four great-grandchildren, Emily Keys, Brandon Agar, Aideyn Agar, and Axton Agar; and several nieces and nephews also survive.

A celebration of her life will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 15, in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home with Minister Eric Bender officiating.  Interment will follow in Union Grove Church of Christ Cemetery.  A white dove release ceremony and the playing of bagpipes will conclude the service.  Pallbearers include Jim Ratcliffe, Austin Agar, Scott Willis, Dawson Willis, Danny Willis and Gary Pettit.

The family will receive friends from 12-2 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the service.

You may watch the service via live stream on Ralph Buckner Funeral Home’s Facebook page.

We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Willis family guestbook at www.ralphbuckner.com.


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