Frank M.'s Story
Frank M. "Bones" Willis, Jr., 92, died Sunday, July 9, 2017, at Brandley House Hospice in Summerfield, Florida, in the presence of his wife and three sons.
Born in Savannah, Georgia, on June 15, 1925, he was the son of Frank M. Willis Sr. and Sadye Rose Woods Willis. He was baptized a Methodist.
On Oct. 8, 1943, Bones left high school midway through his junior year when he was drafted to serve in the U.S. Navy. He saw action in the Asiatic Pacific Area serving aboard the USS LST 1079, USS LST 833 and the USS Belleau Wood CVL-24 (Independence-Class Light Aircraft Carrier) and was awarded the World War II Victory Medal. After 2.5 years in the Navy, and upon his honorable discharge on May 5, 1946, he returned to complete his high school education at Savannah High School. After one year at Armstrong Junior College in Savannah, Georgia, he transferred to Georgia Tech where he graduated on June 15, 1953. with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Management.
Frank retired after 27 years from Guide Lamp Division of General Motors in Anderson in 1980 as an Automotive Production Engineer and then moved to Hutchinson Island, Florida. In 1995, he and Barbara moved to Ocala, Florida.
Surviving are his loving wife of 66 years, Barbara Tuten Willis; three children, Frank M. Willis III (Lisa), James K. Willis (Lisbeth) and Michael N. Willis (Carol); grandchildren, Cassandra A. Willis, Frank R. Villari, Sarah A. Hunt and Lance Thompson (Beth); great-grandchildren, Juliet and Shelby Hunt, Cally Clark and Dylan R. Thompson; nephew, William H. Edwards (Pam) as well as many nieces & nephews by marriage.
He was predeceased by his parents; and a sister, Elizabeth (Betty) Rose Jenkins.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday in the Hodgson Chapel of Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service. Interment will follow in the Greenwich section of Bonaventure Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests remembrances be made to Hospice of Marion County, 3231 SW 34th. Ave., Ocala, FL 34474, Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516, or Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607.
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Published on July 15, 2017