Joe Lamer Willis

Born: Sun., Jul. 24, 1927
Died: Tue., Nov. 26, 2013


Visitation

11:00 AM to 12:45 PM, Sat., Nov. 30, 2013
Location: Salem United Methodist Church


Funeral Service

1:00 PM Sat., Nov. 30, 2013
Location: Salem United Methodist Church


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Mr. Joseph Lamer Willis, 86, of Bostic, died Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at Hospice House, Forest City.
He was widower of Wilma Sain Willis, and son of the late Marcus and Minnie Downs Willis, and was also preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Noris Willis and Marcus Jack Willis. He was a member of Salem United Methodist Church, and a member of the Fallston Lodge of the Masons. Joe was a WWII Navy Veteran, an amateur Ham radio operator, and a Hospice of Rutherford County Volunteer since 1998.
He is survived by his daughter, Lisa Jo Willis Kincaid and her husband Jeffrey, of Lenoir; a sister, Hilda S. Willis of Belwood; two brothers, Kenneth Willis and Cecil Willis, also of Belwood; two granddaughters, Megan Jo Holtzclaw Brooks and her husband Joel, of Ellisville, MS, and Mara Renee Holtzclaw of Morganton; there is a great granddaughter, Ella Renee Brooks.
The Funeral will be conducted at 1:00 pm Saturday, November 30, 2013 at Salem United Methodist Church. Rev. Tony Moreau will officiate, and eulogies will be spoken by Rita Burch, Ann Hutchins, and Wayne Webb.
The graveside service will be held at approximately 3:00 pm at St. Peter's United Methodist Church Cemetery, Hwy. 18, Belwood, following the procession from Salem UMC.  Reid Medlin will render Masonic Rites at the graveside. Pallbearers will be Bobby Matheny, Glen Harmon, Johnny Crotts, Scott Stone, Steve Whisenant, and Larry McFarland.
The Visitation will be from 11:00 am until 12:45 pm Saturday in the Salem UMC Sanctuary, prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043.
Washburn & Dorsey Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.
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Byron Powell & Penny Webster
   Posted Fri November 29, 2013
Sorry about your loss

Ray & Kathy Schafer
   Posted Sat November 30, 2013
We are so sorry for your loss. Joe was a wonderful person, a true example of a follower of Christ. May God bless and comfort you in the coming days.

STEVE AND MARJORIE ROTHELL
   Posted Sat November 30, 2013
WE ARE TRULY SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR LOSS. MR. JOE WAS A VERY SPECIAL MAN AND WILL BE MISSED BY MANY. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AT THIS TIME
STEVE AND MARJORIE ROTHELL.

Shane Earley
   Posted Sat November 30, 2013
Lisa I am sorry about your Dad. He was a great person and will be missed by so many in Forest City. I always enjoyed talking to Joe and he spoke of you so often. Please know of my sincerest sympathy

Shane Earley
Forest City, NC

David Rose
   Posted Sat November 30, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss. I had gotten out of touch with Joe over the past decade. I knew him first when he was at Keeter Ford and then found out that he was a Ham Radio operator as am I. I had visited at his home to look at some radio equipment when Wilma was living. Joe was one of the good guys and I am so very sorry that I did not stay close to Joe as time passed. Your loss is also my loss and a loss to the entire community. Joe was a man that was worth knowing. I am so sorry.

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