FRANK DAVID, JR., 80
Lake City, FL - Frank David Willis Jr., 80, of Lake City, Florida went to be with his Lord on August 31, 2013. Frank was born on December 30, 1932 in Bude, Mississippi to Frank D. Willis and Hazel Willis Childress. He was raised in Metairie, Louisiana. He attended Tulane University prior to joining the United States Marine Corps, where he served honorably for three years. He then went on to graduate from Stetson University in 1960 with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He also attended the Banking School of the South at LSU.
Frank's career began in banking in Eustis, Florida at the First State Bank and Trust Company. He also worked at The Atlantic Bank and Umatilla State Bank where he held the position of Vice President. Frank retired from banking and worked 20 years serving as State Secretary of The Florida Elks Association until his retirement in 2003.
Frank was a lifetime Elk and was past Exalted Ruler of the Eustis B.P.O.E. He was actively involved in Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Lake City and served as Financial Director for several years. He loved collecting and restoring clocks and other antiques. A gregarious man, he never met a stranger and was loved by all.
Frank was a well loved, wonderful family man who is survived by his wife of 57 years, Barbara Ellis Willis. Frank had two sons, Mike (Denise) and Steve (Tracy); grandchildren Loren (Brandon), Kendyl (Ashton), Christian, Rachel, and great grandson Graysen. He also leaves behind sisters Ruby Coig and Lexine Leinwar, of Mandeville, LA; sister and brother-in-law Connie and Ray Boynton, of Jacksonville, FL, nieces and nephews Diane, Mary, Neil, Debbie, Stephanie, Milton, Michelle, Bobby, Denise, Phillip, Caren and Tyler. He was preceded in death by his sister Geneva Allday.
Frank's family and many friends were a very important part of his life.
Frank's life will be celebrated on Wednesday, September 4th. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m., followed by funeral services at 2:00 p.m. at The First Christian Church Lake Butler, Florida. Arrangements are in the care of Archer Funeral Home, Lake Butler, Florida. Please sign guestbook at
Published in Gainesville Sun from Sept. 4 to Sept. 5, 2013