In Loving Memory
Donnis Willis died of cancer at the age of 50 on April 14, 1990. He was a tape and bed contractor in the Dallas area for many years before he moved back to Edgewood, Texas and bought a wrecking yard there. Donnis and his wife, Carolyn, had two children, Carol Jean and Jackie Don. Carol Jean lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Gary Stolarick, and daughter, Susan Scott. Carolyn still lives in Edgewood.
Donnis was one of three children of the former Tom and Zodie Willis of Wills Point. Donnis' sister is Odie Borden. His two brothers are Charles and Rickey. Odie lives in the Whitton Community. Rickey lives in Wills Point and has been the Chief of Police for the past three years (as of 1999). Charles Willis is currently the Investigator for the Grand Saline Police Department.
Donnis also had two granddaughters, Susan and Anna, both daughters
of Carol Jean and Randy Scott. Susan lives with her mother and attends college in
Pennsylvania. Anna is currently attending college in Richardson, Texas. Both
of Donnis' granddaughters graduated from Wills Point High School and received college
scholarships. They were recognized for many achievements from Outstanding Academic
grades, awards, Student of the Year, Ms. WPHS, and the list goes on...
Carol Jean and her dad were very close--closer than most fathers and daughters. She said, "I guess you could say, 'I should have been a boy.' Lord knows I acted like one half the time when I was growing up."
Special thanks to Rickey and Carol Jean for sharing this