Ms. Willie Mae Willis transitioned peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at the Community Hospice Morris Center. She was born in Jacksonville, Florida and raised in Alapaha, Georgia by her aunt, Susie Nixon and great aunt, Priscilla Jackson. She accepted Christ at New Hope Baptist Church in Alapaha, Georgia.
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She graduated from Alapaha Colored School. With a zeal for higher learning, she attended Albany State College in Albany, Georgia. While there, one of her extracurricular courses was singing in the College Gospel Choir. She returned to Alapaha, Georgia and became an Elementary School Teacher at her alma mater, Alapaha Colored School. She later moved to Jacksonville, Florida and became a kindergarten teacher at Dayspring Baptist Church which was then located Downtown on Jefferson Street under the direction of Mrs. Carrie B. Sloan and Mrs. Willie Lee Smith. Her continued employment was with the Duval County School System as a Substitute Teacher. Her final employment was with the Florida Department of Children & Families & Health and Rehabilitative Services. While working for the State she took a sabbatical to further her education. She attended Jacksonville University and the University of North Florida where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology. She retired from the Florida Department of Children & Families & Health and Rehabilitative Services on April 16, 1998 after 29 years of service.
She placed her membership with Dayspring Baptist Church and was a faithful member for over 60 years under the leadership of Rev. Cyrus A. Weaver, Rev. James A Oliver, and Rev. Moses Javis where she was the music director for Choir #4 and the Youth Choir. Currently under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Jeffrey K. Rumlin, she continued with the music ministry and sang in the Mass Choir. She was in regular attendance to Sunday School, Bible Study and the Senior Ministry. She was always willing to help and assist in any area without any hesitation.
Her parents, Harold & Sylvia Williams; great aunt, Priscilla Jackson; aunt, Susie Nixon; sister, Dorothy Simmons; son-in-law, Jimmy Jordan; and grandson, Desmond White preceded her in death.
Survivors include her children, Ira (Deborah) Willis, Janet Jordan and Sheryl (William) Walker; 7 grandchildren, Octavia Carter, Eugene White, III (fiancé Raisha Meadows), Ira (Jeanine) Willis, Jr., Ranota Willis, Michael Hicks, Mark Hicks and Ashleigh Willis; 4 great-grandchildren, William Michael, Alex Washington, A’via Carter and Elle White; 2 great great-grandchildren, Ke’Moni White and Desmond White, Jr.; sister, Barbara Long, New York City; brother, Harold (Eleanor) Williams, New York City; devoted nieces, Ida Smith, Constance Miller and La’Nita Simmons; devoted cousin, Kenneth Stoney; a host of nieces, nephews, great-great nieces and nephews, great-great-great nieces and nephews, cousins and many sorrowful friends; a devoted friend, Mrs. Lillie Ruth Blue; her drivers and riding partners were, Mrs. Aletrice P. Harris, Mrs. Yuwonga Thornton, Ms. Judy Bullock, Mrs. Mary Floyd and Deacon Randolph Bevel.
The funeral service for Willie Mae Willis will be held 11AM, Saturday, April 13th, 2019 at the Dayspring Baptist Church 5654 Dunn Ave. The visitation will be 5 - 7PM, Friday, April 12th, 2019 at the mortuary. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Please sign the family guest book and view the video tribute @ www.tswarden.com. Arrangements in care of Tyrone S. Warden, FDIC, 4315 N. Main Street, 765-1234