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Rev. Joseph I. Willis
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Rev. Joseph I. Willis, 97, of 145 Lewis Lane, Danville, Va. passed from this life on Thursday, September 21, 2017, at Riverside Health & Rehab. He was born June 7, 1920, in Cleveland County, N.C. to the late Lela Ledford Willis and the late Max T. Willis. He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Dorothy Willis. Rev. Willis proudly served his country with the US Army in World War II. A graduate of Southeastern Baptist Seminary, Rev. Willis served as pastor of several churches in this area, as well as Halifax County, Va. He was a member of Ringgold Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife Dorothy, Rev. Willis is survived by his daughter, Rebecca Taylor and husband, Mike of Ringgold, Va.; his son, Billy Joe Willis of Valdese, N.C.; his sister, Rita Carswell of Morganton, N.C.; his grandchildren, Brandon Taylor and wife Heathre and Preston Taylor and wife, Rayna; as well as his great-grandchildren, Julia Carter, MacKenzie Taylor, Asher Taylor and Henri Taylor.

In addition to his parents, Rev. Willis was preceded in death by his sister, Ruby Taylor; and his brother, Lee Willis.

The family will receive friends Sunday, September 24, 2017, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Norris Mt. Hermon Chapel, and at other times at the residence.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, September 25, 2017, at Norris Mt. Hermon Chapel with Rev. Carl Burger and Rev. Duane Caldwell officiating. Interment will follow Monday afternoon at Burke Memorial Park, 2506 Burke Memorial Park Road, Morganton, N.C.

Norris Funeral Services, Inc. & Crematory, Mt. Hermon Chapel, 3995 Franklin Tpke., Danville, Va. is respectfully serving the Willis family. Online condolences may be made at

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6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Norris Funeral Services & Crematory - Mount Hermon Chapel

3995 Franklin Turnpike
Danville, Virginia 24540





10:00 AM
Norris Funeral Services & Crematory - Mount Hermon Chapel

3995 Franklin Turnpike
Danville, Virginia 24540

Cemetery Details


Burke Memorial Park

2506 Burke Memorial Park Rd.
Morganton, NC 28655


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