Earline Willis, nee Hinkle, 73, Blue Springs, formerly of Robertsville, passed away Sunday, April 7, 2013, at her home. Earline, daughter of the late Sheppard Charles Hinkle Sr. and wife Lena Marcella, nee Bland, was born March 27, 1940, in Robertsville. She was united in marriage to George Washington Willis in 1958. Earline was blessed to have eight children.
Earline was preceded in death by her husband, George Washington Willis; parents, Sheppard Charles Sr. and Lena Hinkle; seven brothers, Sheppard Charles Hinkle Jr., George A. Hinkle Sr., Curtis Rudolph "Rudy" Hinkle, Guy Hinkle, Glen Hinkle, Frank Hinkle and Chester Hinkle; and two sisters, Alzora Hinkle and Jennie Nance.
She is survived by four sons, Richard Willis and wife Terri, Blue Springs, Gregory Willis Sr., Robertsville, Charles Willis Sr., Illinois state, and Charles Willis Jr., known to most as J.R., Florissant; five daughters, Belinda Willis, and Lorie Willis and companion John Jackson, all of Kansas City, Alzora Mitchell, St. Charles, Mary Quinn, Arlington, Texas, and Tina Daniels, Gilbert, Ariz.; one sister, Naomi Bates, Arkansas state; 18 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law; nieces; nephews; great- and great-great-nieces and -nephews; cousins; other relatives and many friends.
Earline was a Christian of the Baptist faith and former member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Robertsville. She was a self-employed caregiver by trade, working for various families. Earline had a variety of interests throughout her life, including sewing, doing puzzles and watching television. She loved to shop, especially for shoes, and also loved to target practice with guns. Earline was a very friendly woman with an outgoing personality. She devoted her life to caring for her family and raised her children with a firm hand. Her children and grandchildren held a very special place in her heart, as she did in theirs. The love they shared and the many precious memories they created will forever be cherished by them all.
Funeral services were held at noon Saturday, April 13, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair, with the Rev. Jim Perkins officiating.
Burial was in Crestview Memorial Park, St. Clair. Memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Backpack Program.
The family was served by Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair.