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Mary Evelyn Willis

Mary Evelyn Willis, age 85, 1241 Coffee Ridge Loop, Erwin, passed away peacefully at her residence on Friday, April 6, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Orville and Pansy Ledford Edwards.

Evelyn retired from Morrill Motors where she was employed as a machine operator for forty years. She was a member of Coffee Ridge Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-three years, Merley Willis on July 29, 2013 and one brother, Gene Edwards.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory, two sons: Roger Dale Willis and wife, Joyce, Erwin, Marshall Dike Willis and friend, Janice, Unicoi; one daughter, Joan Effler and husband, David, Erwin; five grandchildren: Bethany Morris, Natalie Willis, Andrea Ryman, Holly Willis and Daniel Effler; four great grandchildren: Tate Kerns, Andrew Ryman, Annslie Morris and Ravyn Ryman; one sister, Geraldine Willis, Johnson City; one sister-in-law, Carol Edwards; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. until the hour of service on Monday, April 9, 2018 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Brad Willis and Reverend Andy Patterson will officiate at the 7:00 P.M. funeral service. Music will be provided by Sue Story, Valerie Barcel and Andy Patterson. Committal service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday in the Evergreen Cemetery. Reverend David Effler will officiate. Pallbearers will be Daniel Effler, Tate Kerns, Andrew Ryman, Johnny Willis, Michael Willis and Keith Bowman. Everyone is asked to assemble at the funeral home by 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday to go in procession to the cemetery.

Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Willis family through our complimentary, interactive Book of Memories at

Robert Ledford Funeral Home, 720 Ohio Avenue, Erwin, is privileged to serve the Willis family. (423) 743-1380.