George Walter Willis was born June 24th 1927 to Britt and Fannie Cora Williams Willis in Muskogee,Oklahoma. He attended Dunbar grade school and on to Manual Training High School, where he was captain of the Manual Bulldogs, graduating with the class of 1947.
He received many football scholarships but he accepted the Langston University scholarship, where he continued his stellar performance as Captain #63 until (Uncle Sam) knocked on his door and he proudly answered the call.
George Willis married Betty Jane Allmon on April 20th 1953 and they were blessed with two children, George Junior and James Britt. George retired after 33 years of work with the Department of water and power in Los Angeles, California. He was a display artist for a number of years. While he was in the Army, he was promoted to sergeant within only one year of being active in a combat zone of Korea, which was rare. He was a sniper and was proficient with the machine gun, grenades, M1 rifle and hand to hand combat, as well as self defense. He had a great patriotic feeling about this country and the war affected him in many profound ways.
Over the years, Mr. Willis managed to own several rental properties, from houses to apartment buildings in several different states. He was a fine craftsman and carpenter and could repair paint, wire and maintain all of his properties himself. George was an excellent father to his two sons and three grandsons.
While playing football he earned the nickname of "Cheetah" because he was fast, swift and powerful on the football field. Upon discharge from the military George wore many different hats with the military after being honorably discharged. He trained new recruits in California for two additional years in the United States Army reserves. Mr. Willis loved his family and each summer would take them on a vacation, where they would all get in the car and drive around the country seeing new sights, seeing other relatives and enjoying themselves for weeks at a time. He also loved his cigars, his chocolate shakes and trips to Golden corral for Sunday dinner with his family after church.
George Walter Willis is survived by his wife Betty; his son James; his three grandsons James II, Ronald and Aaron; his sibling Lorenzo; his goddaughter Kimberly and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his son George Walter Willis Jr., his parents and several siblings.
Funeral Mass for Mr. George Walter Willis will be celebrated on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 10:00 AM in the St. Joseph Catholic Church. Father Michael J. Knipe will be the Celebrant. Burial will follow in the Memorial Park Cemetery. A rosary will be recited on Friday evening at 7:00 PM in the Marian Chapel at St. Joseph's. You may visit Mr. Willis, as he slumbers in peaceful repose at the Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc., on Friday from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM. Friends may convey condolences and sign the online register at www.biglowfunerals.com.
Published on January 26, 2017