SHELBY - David Douglas Willis, 45, of Shelby, departed this life Jan. 16, 2014, in Charlotte. He was the son of Mrs. Sarah Lockhart Douglas and the late Mr. Freddie James Douglas, Sr.
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He was later adopted by and preceded in death by Mr. James Edward Willis and Mrs. Mary Alice Willis. David was also preceded in death by three sisters, Shelia Lockhart, Linda Lockhart and Shannon Douglas; his maternal grandparents, Mrs. Lizzie Lockhart and Mr. Robert Lockhart; his paternal grandparents, Evangelist Ethel D. Douglas and Mr. Aaron Douglas; one aunt, Mrs. Ruth L. Roach; and three uncles, Mr. John Pratt, Mr. Walter Pratt, and Mr. Forest Hambrick, Sr.
Left to cherish fond memories are brothers, Mr. Freddie James Douglas Jr. and Mr. Michael Anthony Douglas Willis, both of Shelby, Mr. Allen Willis (Val) of Charlotte, and the Rev. James Lee Willis of Columbia, Md.; one sister, Ms. Pamela Lockhart; and one sister-in-law, Mrs. Linda S. Douglas, both of Shelby; five aunts, Mrs. Mary L. Brown (Roger) Shelby, Elder Ruth D. Hambrick of Blacksburg, S.C., Evangelist Vera P. White (John) of Columbia, S.C., Mrs. Martha P. Coleman (Rev. Thomas Coleman) of Shelby, and Mrs. Alma J. Pratt of Gastonia; and two uncles, Mr. James Pratt of New York, N.Y., and Mr. Carl Pratt (Brenda) Forest City.
Visitation: The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the service at the church.
Funeral service: 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Long Branch First Baptist Church
Funeral home: Genesis Funeral Service and Chapel is serving the family.
Online condolences: www.genesisfuneralservices.com
Genesis Mortuary and Chapel
413 Weathers Street
Published in Shelby Star on Jan. 24, 2014