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ANDREW WILLIS

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Andrew "Fred" Willis, 88, passed away on February 21, 2014. He was a lifelong Memphian, a graduate of Central H.S., Memphis State University, University of Missouri School of Journalism, and earned an M.A. in Journalism at Louisiana State University. He proudly enlisted in The United States Marine Corps during World War II and was a communications officer and participated in the landing of Iwo Jima in 1945, and was later an MP in Occupied Japan. He enjoyed his Marine Corps League activities during his later years. He dedicated his working life to television, radio, and public broadcasting. He was a producer/director at WMC-TV during its early years and then later served as Director of Programming at WKNO-TV until his retirement. He was one of five programming directors who served on an advisory board for National Educational Television in New York to discuss the framework of what would later become PBS network. He was an accomplished singer and performed with big bands at ballroom venues, was on the Cavalcade of Stars, WMC radio in the 40s, and Ted Mack's national radio show. He served on the boards of the Memphis Arts Council and the Memphis Pink Palace Museum. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Carol Seymour Willis, and leaves his daughters Andrea Edgerley (Mark), Noelle Bullough (Rob), and his four grandchildren Andrew, Scott, Cooper, and Greer. Donations in his honor can be made to , Smile Train, or Methodist Hospice. A private family service will be held.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Feb. 26, 2014
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