Joseph Lance Willis
1991 - 2018
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Joseph Lance Willis of Munster, Indiana made the transition to be with his Lord on Wednesday evening, December 5, 2018 at the age of 27. He was born on September 28, 1991 in Chamblee, GA to Henry and Beverly Willis. He was the younger of a fraternal twin birth. Joseph was a heart transplant recipient June 2016. Joseph was a graduate of Munster High School Class of 2010, a 2015 graduate of Indiana University with a B.S. in Athletic Training. He received his MBA in Business Administration at I.U. Northwest in 2018 and was the Athletic Trainer for Community Care Network and the US Olympic Diving Team. He leaves to cherish his memories his loving and devoted mother Beverly Willis; grandparents Tommie and Roggie Walker; five brothers James Willis, twin brother Joshua Willis, DeJohn (Chekira) Willis, Delon (Kadeisah) Hall and Darnell (Amanda) Hall; best friend Keifer Earnell Morgan; soulmate Celestine Perez and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends. Visitation Friday, December 14, 2018 from 12 noon -8:00 p.m. at the Guy & Allen Chapel 2959 West 11th Avenue. Funeral services Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with family hours from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. all at Christ Baptist Church 4700 East 7th Ave. Gary, IN. Pastor Lawrence E. Robertson, officiating. Interment Fern Oaks Cemetery.



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Published in Post-Tribune on Dec. 12, 2018.
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December 28, 2018
We express joyful sorrow in regard to Joe's transition to be with the Lord. He was a wonderful young man with a pure heart and soul. We loved him.
Lucille, Art and Anita.
Lucille White and family
December 19, 2018
I am saddened to learn of Joseph's passing. I enjoyed having the Willis brothers as students at Wilbur Wright Middle School. Joseph and Joshua often came to my office after school as many students did to talk about the day, concerns, report good grades , etc. and to get a piece of whatever candy I had for an after school treat. Joseph was definitely a leader and very productive and serious about his studies. I was happy to learn that he just completed his M.B.A. He was more motivated and more mature than the bulk of his classmates. Mrs. Willis and Joshua and James, I am very sorry for your loss of your wonderful son and brother. You all have my deepest sympathy. I didn't learn of Joseph's death until after the funeral. I would have come had I known sooner.

Sincerely,
Annette Wisniewski
Annette Wisniewski
December 16, 2018
a ray of sunshine
To Beverly and family,
To God be the Glory for all the wonderful things He has done. I will not say sorry for your loss because he is not lost. Joseph has been transformed into his glorious body! Praise God from whom all blessings flow. He was a shining light that illuminated everywhere he went and accomplished great things in his short time here. Keep your memories of Joseph close to your heart and be comforted that you are surrounded by people who care. Praying for you.
Veronica Scott
December 15, 2018
Mr. & Mrs. John Lamar
Carolyn Lamar
December 15, 2018
With deepest sympathy and Caring Thoughts.

Love
John & Carolyn Lamar
John & Carolyn Lamar
December 15, 2018
John & Carolyn Lamar
December 14, 2018
Our sincere and deepest sympathy in the loss of your dear beloved Son, Joseph. It's hard for us to find the words that might comfort at this time of loss, but perhaps just knowing that we are thinking of you and praying for the family.
Princella &Dionne Askew
December 14, 2018
Hello Willis and Walker Families, it sadden me hear about Joseph's passing but GOD I rejoice in his Home going. To God be the glory, our baby is not suffering anymore. God is awesomely good, in welcoming Joseph home to be with his Lord. Joseph touched so many hearts. Joseph's own heart became over-loaded But GOD new his heart and loved him and mended his heart but GOD's will was to take him home to be with him. We serve an awesome God. To the families, my deepest sympathy in the passing of your loved one. It was my blessing to me to have touched by a young Brilliant young man, that new what he wanted and worked to achieve that task....Go God....you still in the blessing business.
Willie Strickland
December 14, 2018
Deepest Sympathy to the Willis & Walker families. So sorry for your loss! I pray that the Lord will give you comfort during this difficult time. Love, Mr. & Mrs. Kary B. Long, Jr.
Dorothy Long
December 14, 2018
Our condolences to you and your family, Joseph was a beautiful and loving soul he will be truly missed. Mrs. Mary Green, Diamond Cioria and Decon & Mrs Coleman Family
Mary Green
December 14, 2018
We are so sorry for your loss. Joe was a stellar person and student who will be profoundly missed. We will cherish the many memories we shared.
the Rigoni Family
December 14, 2018
To The Walker and Willis Families -
You have our heartfelt condolences in the transition of your Beloved Joseph! May the fond memories help sustain you in the months to come.




Yours Sisters in Christ,
Daisy Curtis and Dorothy Curtis
December 13, 2018
Thinking of you at the sad time.
Alyssa Salata
December 13, 2018
To the family of Joseph,
May the God of comfort bring you peace during the loss of your loved one. His smile and warm-hearted nature will be missed by many.
Michele Campbell
December 13, 2018
To the family of Joseph,
May the God of comfort bring you peace during the loss of your loved one. His smile and warm hearted nature will be missed by many.
Michele Campbell
December 13, 2018
To the Willis Family,
I was blessed to have met Joe as a result of his friendship with my son,Mason. I can truly say that Joe was a ray of sunshine. He was undeniably an amazing young man and a good friend.
He certainly madethe most of the spirit and talents our Lord gave him. Just as he did here on earth, his light will continue to shine in Heaven.He will never be forgotten.
May God be with you always,providing comfort and peace.Please know the Hayes/Molina families are keeping you all in prayer. Joe will be missed and always thought of fondly by Mason and me.

Sincerely,
Laura Hayes and Mason Molina
Laura Hayes/Molina
December 13, 2018
Joe was inspiring. Who in any sport could not instantly like, admire and welcome conversation with a young aspiring athletic trainer with a never quit attitude?
Years ago when I rode marathon bicycle in Indiana, such a gifted trainer was rare to find. Can't help but wonder what Joe might have done to help to improve a time, a performance. All in sport can appreciate Joe's dedication to sport.
Joe will be remembered for his tenacity, optimism and love of family. A never quit attitude is contagious and deeply respected.
Sincere condolences to Joe's family and prayers to find solace at this time.
Paul White, UMCA National Points Challenge 1992-1993
Paul White
December 13, 2018
Beverly, I extend my prayers and sympathy to you and your family at this difficult time. Remember that Jesus promised never to leave us nor forsake us. Lean on His promises to get you through.

I LOVE YOU
Frances Bridges- Resto
December 13, 2018
Bevery and family, I was sadden to hear about the passing of Joseph. Praying that God will give you peace in your time of berevement. My thoughts are with you and family during this time. Love you and know I am hear for you always.
Angela Lasseter
December 13, 2018
Dearest Beverly and Family,
May the Lord bring you (us) all comfort at this difficult time.
"And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 4:7
We love you, we're here for you, and we're praying for you!
All our best,
Aunt Prudence Scott,
Cousins Wanda Scott & Clay Bonner
Prudence Scott, Wanda Scott, Clay Bonner
December 13, 2018
Cousins, we are thinking of you and praying with you. Our lives are better because of the love Joseph gave and the encouragement he shared with others. Our deepest condolences to you as you celebrate Josephs life. He accomplished goals in his short life that the rest of us can only imagine. The Lord will give you comfort and strength in the days, weeks, months and years ahead. Love you all, The Liggins Family
Dale Peace
Family
December 13, 2018
Gone to soon but never forgotten, please cherish the wonderful memories you shared together
M
December 13, 2018
To Beverly and your family I send my deepest sympathy and condolences from me and my family praying for your strength and health love you cousin
Pamela Worlds nee Walker
December 13, 2018
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December 12, 2018
To the Willis and Walker Family: May the way of the LORD prevail in your hearts knowing that HE makes no mistakes. My family is praying that while you grieve Joseph, praises be to God for the memories built, loved shared, and all the things that build families and "ties" them together. We cannot beat God's love for Joseph and calling him home is an act of love.
Walk with God and thru it all~ Praise Him.
Lawanda Parrett
Parrett Family
December 12, 2018
Beverly,

Joseph was a cherished member and graduate of the Indiana University Athletic Training Program. He was kind, generous, smart, funny and happy. He was very special to me as a young man who always made everyone in the Program feel special. Please know that he will always be remembered in or hearts. Katie Grove, AT-Retired
December 12, 2018
Beverly,

I was saddened to hear the news about your son! May God continue to give you serenity and strength throughout. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Love,
Regina McCloud
December 12, 2018
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Beverly and family, so sorry to learn of your Joseph'spassing.May God grant you all the comfort that only He can give. You are in my prayers!
MaLinda Daniels
December 12, 2018
Dear Beverly.I know that words cannot express the pain that you, and the family are feeling. My prayers are with you and the family, during a most difficult time. Joseph was an amazing young man, and I know that he made you proud, as he did myself, and so many others. Cherish all of the memories, and know that our God will bring you through.

Deacon George Johnson
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