John Douglas Willis

John Douglas Willis, 67, of Hope Mills, North Carolina, formally of Benton, passed away Wednesday, May 2, at the Durham VA Medical Center.  He was born on Easter Sunday, April 1, 1945 to  Winfred and Margie Lovell Willis.  John was a veteran of the United States Army and Vietnam War; 18 year employee of Aloca, Benton; Wrenn Handling, Fayetteville, North Carolina and his most loved job, a Baptist Minister for years.
John was preceded in death by his father, WR “Boogle” Willis, brother in laws, Kenneth Murders and Larry Parker, and two granddaughters, Virginia and Elizabeth.
He is survived by his loving wife, Linda “Cookie” Parker Willis of 42 years, mother, Margie Willis, sisters, Rachel Murders, Demita Rhoades, brother in law, Charles Rhoades, sister in law, Judy Parker; sons, Jason and wife, Mary Jo, John and wife, Cassandra, Joshua and wife, Brittany, special son, Joey Reaves, grandsons, Richard, Lansing, Patrick and a host of nieces and nephews.
Graveside services by Ashby Funeral Home will be 2 p.m. Monday, May 7, at Gravel Hill Cemetery on Hwy 9 in Benton.  Visitation and Services were held May 5, at Pinecrest Funeral Home in Hope Mills, North Carolina.
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