Perrow “Perry” Willis, 88, of Newberry, died Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at White Oak Manor.

Born on October 30, 1926, in Amhurst County, VA, a son of the late Homer and Dora Hicks Willis. He was a World War II Army veteran and was retired from the U.S. Postal Service. Mr. Willis was a member of Glenn Street Baptist Church where he was an active deacon, member of the choir, and the Fishers of Men Sunday School Class. He was a Gideon, a former member of the Lions Club and a past fire chief for the Oxon Hill Volunteer Fire Department in Maryland.

He is survived by his wife, Frances Hope Fortner Willis; sons, Michael (Julie) Willis and David (Elizabeth) Willis both of Bluffton, SC, Paul Willis of Little River, SC and Joel (Connie) Willis of La Plata, MD; daughters, Janet (Bud) Fletcher and Judith (Chuck) Boswell both of Mechanicsville, MD; a sister, Brightsie Stoud of Simpsonville; brothers, Parker Willis of Baltimore, MD, Emmett Willis of Glen Burnie, MD and Bennie Willis of Severna Park, MD; nineteen grandchildren and twenty-one great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Monday, February 2, 2015, at Glenn Street Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Newberry Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Sunday from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Glenn Street Baptist Church, 300 Glenn Street, Newberry, SC 29108.

Active pallbearers will be his grandsons.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Fishers of Men Sunday School Class.

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#11 Steve & Diane Metts 2015-12-11 16:33
Ms.Fran. We sure miss Perry, always just about had us laughing in the choir. Prayers for the mercyful,strong ,loveing hands of GOD to be with the family and you. LOVE - Steve & Diane.
#10 Debbie Williams 2015-02-12 14:04
Frances and Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Perry was such a wonderful person, and he will be greatly missed. I feel blessed that he was not only a part of our family, but also that I had the opportunity to know him as a friend. He was such a help to my parents, our family, and to me. No matter what was needed I knew I could always call Perry, and he would just say - "Tell me what you need, and I will be there", and he was there every time I called. He called me his "Buddy", and I will always remember him with love as "My Buddy".

Love, Debbie
#9 Becky Kelly 2015-02-06 15:26
Fran. Was deeply saddened to hear about Perry. He was always such a big help to Opal and our whole family. So great of him to pick me up at the airport and to arrange a ride back. Will be missed by his friends in San Diego Much love to you. Becky and Don
#8 Donna Jordan Wilson 2015-02-01 13:48
Dear Francis and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Perry was a dear and much-loved friend and member of our family. He was such a generous and caring person, always willing to help in any way. I will never forget all the times he helped my parents, my sisters and me. Heaven has received a wonderfully generous spirit, and we will miss him. I am praying for you and your family.
Love, Donna
#7 Lois Dalton Ponder 2015-01-31 09:43
Dear Francis,
So sorry you lost Perry. Stay strong. I had good memories of Oxon Hill. He always had a come back answer no matter what. Love to you and family. Lois
#6 Lois Dalton Ponder 2015-01-31 07:53
Dear Francis, So sorry to hear about Perry. I have fond memories of him and Oxon Hill. Stay strong and remember I am thinking of you. Love to you and your family. Lois
#5 Alice Hamby Turner 2015-01-30 21:12
Ms. Fran & Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Perry was a wonderful man. I will always remember him being with my family when my Daddy was in his final days. He was a comfort to us. May the Lord grant you and your family peace and comfort in the day ahead.
#4 Tim Hahn 2015-01-30 13:23
My deepest sympathies to the extended Willis family. We will all remember the "Chief".
#3 Jan 2015-01-30 12:47
MawMaw, Thinking of you and the family. You and Papaw were always good to me and my girls and I couldn't have asked for a better friend than you. Keep your thoughts happy and cherish the good memories. Love, Jan
#2 Bobby Coats 2015-01-29 13:55
You and your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Perry was a near friend and I always enjoyed talking to him. Love Bobby, Kim & Christy Coats
#1 David & Carol Parnel 2015-01-29 08:31
Fran and family, I am so sorry for your loss. You will be in my prayers and when you need help let me know.

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