Tommy Willis


On Friday, June 16, 2017, Tommy Willis earned his eternal reward and met our Lord and Savior face to face.

He joined his oldest son, John Thomas, for their first Father’s Day together in heaven.

He loved his wife, cherished his children, honored his parents, helped his friends and served his church in every way possible. To know him is to love him and he was loved by so many people, in so many places.

He never met a stranger and burst into any room anywhere with a smile and a story for everyone.

His first love was Lisa Stowe Willis and his children, Taylor Willis, Matthew Willis and Zachary Willis.

He graduated from Lee College in 1991 and pursued his passion for trumpet playing from the Lee Singers, to the Spurlows, to every choir and orchestra of every Church of God he ever attended.

He grew up in Danville, Va., at River Oak Church of God and while in Cleveland, he attended Westmore Church of God.

He will be loved and missed by his immediate family, his church family, his orchestra family, his Operation Compassion family and his God’s Pit Crew family.

He was preceded in death by Robert and Virgie Hall; grandparents, Walter and Mary Frances Willis; and son, John Thomas Willis.

He is survived by family members: Lisa Willis, Taylor Willis, Matthew Thomas and Autumn Willis, Zachary Thomas Willis, Tommy and Betty Willis Sr., Robin and Chip Lawrence, and Caleb and Grace Lawrence.

A service in Cleveland will be held at Westmore Church of God on Monday, June 19, 2017, with visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. and funeral at 7 p.m.

Arrangements are being handled by Serenity Funeral Home of Cleveland.

It can be viewed on Cleveland Service Live Stream, and for information please check the Westmore Church of God web page at or Westmore COG Facebook Page.

Visitation Service in Danville, Va., will be held at the Wrenn-Yeatts Westover Chapel, 5858 Riverside Drive, Danville, Va., 24541.

A graveside service will be held at the Danville Memorial Gardens in Danville, Va.

Serving as pallbearers are Matthew Willis, Zachary Willis, Joshua Queen, Daniel Queen, Caleb Lawrence, Franklin Durden, Zach Brooks, Stacy Beaty and Nick Sapounakes.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, please send donations to Operation Compassion, 114 Stuart Road, PO Box 370, Cleveland, TN 37312 or online at


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