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Saturday, March 19, 2022
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Lavinnia Willis, age 89 of the Mound community, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, March 16, 2022.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 19, 2022 at Scott’s Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother Charlie Brown officiating. Interment will follow at Gatesville Masonic Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, March 18th at the funeral home.
Lavinnia Elizabeth Willis was born on December 18, 1932 in Rensford, West Virginia to the late George and Lavinnia O’Boyle Lyle. She grew up in Lochgelly, West Virginia and graduated from Oak Hill High School in 1948. Throughout her life, she traveled and lived in numerous locations, from Alaska to Germany and Oklahoma, to the Panama Canal Zone. She married the love of her life, James Mitchell Willis in 1968. She graduated from Central Texas College, earning an associates degree in general studies in 1985. To celebrate her 87th birthday, against the advice from her family and competent medical authority, she jumped from a perfectly good aircraft in 2019. Lavinnia made a commitment of faith in Jesus Christ at an early age. She demonstrated His love, by living with Christ in her heart. She was a member of Pecan Grove Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim in 2007; and a daughter, MaryAnn Cuneo in 2008.
Lavinnia is survived by her son, Jim Willis, Jr. and wife Lupita; daughter, Ephie Calhoun; sister, MaryAnn Martin and husband, Maurice; four grandchildren, Vanessa Carrison and husband, Jon, Rebecca Brown and husband, Charlie, James Steven Willis, Christopher Willis and wife, Kristen; and eight great-grandchildren.