Frances H. Willis

The world lost a shining presence and Hallmark lost one of its best customers on Monday, November 22, 2021, when Frances Hope Willis of Bluffton, South Carolina died peacefully after a brief illness at the age of 91.


Frances was born on April 16, 1930, in Kannapolis, North Carolina to the late Bleeker Isbelle Morgan Fortner and Earl Edgar Fortner, and lived in Kannapolis, North Carolina until she was 12 years old. Her family moved to Baltimore, Maryland where her father was a first class welder and was needed to repair ships damaged at Pearl Harbor. Frances graduated from James Addams Vocational High School in 1946 and married Perrow (Perry) Willis on June 5, 1948.


She is survived by four sons, Michael Keith Willis (Julie) of Bluffton, SC, David Perry Willis, Sr. (Jenny) of Bluffton, SC, Paul Gene Willis (Angie) of Calabash, NC, Joel Alan Willis (Connie) of La Plata, MD, one daughter Judith Helen Boswell of Bluffton, SC, and one brother, Earl Ray Fortner of Fulton, Kentucky. Frances is predeceased by her husband, Perry Willis, her daughter Janet Louise Fletcher, her son-in-law, Charles Matthew Boswell and her great grandchild Nikolai Kaim. Frances so loved her grandchildren, and that feeling was shared among her 13 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren


Frances was a godly woman who loved the Lord with all her heart and was a longtime member of Glenn Street Baptist Church in Newberry, SC. She loved to sing in the church choir and would yodel every chance she got. She leaves behind a legacy of God’s amazing love and grace and was an example to all who knew her.


The family will receive friends on Saturday, December 4, 2021, beginning at 1:00 pm at Glenn Street Baptist Church, 300 Glenn Street, Newberry, SC followed by a service to celebrate her life at 2:30. Interment will be at Newberry Memorial Gardens.




2 condolences for “Frances H. Willis”

  1. Thursday, 25 November 2021 11:21

    One of the sweetest women I ever met.  My wife and I went to Bluffton and while there went by to see her.  When I walked in to her room, she broke into one of the biggest smiles.  She always had a smile on her face and God was in her heart.  She will surely be missed by all woh knew her.

  2. Tuesday, 23 November 2021 12:38

    Where do we begin? So many memories flood our hearts. Even though our tears come easy, our hearts rejoice that you are now reunited with Jesus, Father God, Mr. Perry & others that welcomed you home. We will miss you more than words can express, but what a glorious Thanksgiving & Christmas you will have. You touched far more lives than you ever realized. We have been blessed by knowing, loving and being with you. We all have lost a wonderful Christian lady who showed us what unconditional love is all about. Your legacy will live on- as we strive to continue showing & teaching others the love of our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ. As we walk this path of getting older, we are constantly reminded of the example that you & Mr. Perry set for all of us. Each time we look at our wedding gift that you gave us, that beautiful porcelain figurine of the old couple sitting on a swing; we are reminded of the love you so freely gave. Thank you for your heart & love. Till we meet the glory of Heaven!

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