William Darius Willis
Darius left his earthly home on June 24, 2016 and entered into his heavenly home. Darius was born to the Harley Willis family on May 16, 1956. He was preceded in death by his father Harley Willis, October 8, 2008, and sister Carolyn Story February 28, 2016. He was also preceded in death by several special uncles and aunts and his grandmother, Thelma Willis. We can only imagine the reunion when Jesus gathered the family together.
Darius graduated from Unicoi County High School and earned certificates from Northeast State in Electrical Skills and Cleveland School of Welding in professional welding. Darius always had a zest for learning new skills. Darius was employed by Hoover Precision for 18 years and employed by CSX for 22 years as a carman.
Survivors include his best friend, soulmate, loving, caring wife Linda, who he loved dearly; “Daddies little girl” Tosha Erwin, and husband Jimmy; “His little son” Matthew Willis and wife Kristin. Darius never considered Jimmy and Kristin to be son-in-law and daughter-in-law. They were their kids, as precious as their own kids. Grandchildren, first born and “pleasant child” Logan; “little man” Gabe; “sissy” Sabrina, our only granddaughter; “Baby Boy” Hudson, due November 8, 2016; “sportsman” Jefferson; Great-Grandson Mason; special brother John, and wife Joan. Darius loved talking and meeting John at the Apple House. They grew closer over the years, and could talk for hours. Several nieces, nephews and their children; special nephew Scott Higgins, they also talked for hours and stood by each other; special uncles and aunts, too numerous to name; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Albert and Mary Ruth Edwards; Special friends from Hoover and CSX, all places. Everyone was special to Darius in their own way.
Darius and Linda were married, Friday, December 13, 1974. People always said they married young and had to grow up together. Numerous people told them they could see the love, special bond, and sweetness they had together. They were blessed with 41 ½ years of marriage, and delighted when people told them these things. They wanted to be an example to their family and they were told they were. Darius and Linda loved the family vacations each year with the grandkids and kids. Darius and Linda loved their time alone vacations and could be ready in 15 minutes when the word “go” was mentioned.
Darius loved his Savior and Lord. He was a member of Coffee Ridge Baptist Church. Darius and Linda attended Community Baptist Church in Jonesborough, TN whenever possible. New friends were made there and old friendships revived.
The family’s life is changed forever and a dark hole will be with us always. He will be missed daily, but we will have our memories and his spirit with us daily. Soon he will welcome us home with him and oh the hugs and kisses that will be shared! The road ahead will be lonely but with God by our side we will make it.
This is who Darius was.
The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we celebrate the life of William Darius Willis in a funeral service to be at 7:00 PM, Thursday, June 30, 2016 in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. Reverend David Williams will officiate. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 5:00 PM and continue until service time on Thursday at Valley Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held on Friday, July 1, 2016 at 11:00 AM at Willis Family Cemetery. Those attending will meet at Valley Funeral Home on Friday by 10:30 AM to go in procession. Serving as pallbearers will be Matthew Willis, Jimmy Erwin, Scott Higgins, John Willis, Vic Price, Terry Silvers, Gary McNabb, and Tim Ledford. Honorary pallbearers will be Logan, Sabrina, Mason, Gabe, and Jefferson.
The family requests, if you would like, to wear orange to the funeral home.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.valleyfuneralhome.net. These arrangements were made especially for the family and friends of William Darius Willis through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave, Erwin, 423-743-9187.