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Argenta Ree "Generee" Willis

1927 - 2018 Obituary
Argenta Ree "Generee" Willis Obituary
Argenta Ree Willis, affectionately called "Generee," was born May 24, 1927, to Robert and Snodie Pendleton Willis in Palestine. She was their second child and oldest daughter. Minister Robert and Mother Snodie were blessed to have eight more children. Six preceded her in death. They were: Nehemiah, Sherman, Hillis, Brunetta, Irma and Future Mae.
The Willis family were members of the Jericho Church of God in Christ in Palestine. She was nurtured in a "sanctified" household and was encouraged to graduate from high school. Argenta Willis was a proud graduate of the Lincoln High School Class of 1945. As a high school graduate, she remained excited about learning. She traveled to many places and learned new skills. During her life she worked in the fields, chopping and picking cotton. At one period, she worked as "the Help" for several local families. She eventually retired as the cafeteria manager at Stewart Elementary School in the Forrest City School District.
In 1949, Willie C. Stegall asked Generee to be his bride. They were united in holy matrimony for 12 years before he was killed in a tragic logging accident in October of 1961. Although she was saddened by this loss, she opened her heart to Albert Kirkland Jr., and became his bride March 8, 1969. Both of them surrendered their lives to the Lord and united with the Day's Temple Church of God in Christ that same year.
She remained an active and faithful member of Day's Temple until her health failed shortly before her death. She served as the secretary of the Sunday School and was president of the Bible Band.
Argenta Willis Kirkland passed away quietly in her home on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, surrounded by those who loved her.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Kirkland Jr., her parents and six siblings.
She leaves to cherish her memory three sisters, Ercille Devine of Little Rock; Teresa McKisick of Forrest City and Sailor (Freddie) Martin of St. Louis, Mo. She also leaves two very special sisters-in-law, Mildred Willis and Betty Mae Willis of St. Louis, Mo. She will be missed by three very special relatives, Melissa Mitchell, Othie Mae Lewis and Mary Ann Tuberville as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and the Day's Temple Church family.
Visitation will be Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Day's Temple.
The funeral service for Mother Argenta Ree Kirkland will be held Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, at noon at the Day's Temple Church of God in Christ with Pastor Curtis Rolfe Sr., delivering the eulogy.
Burial will be in the Jericho Cemetery.
Kincaid Funeral Services of Forrest City is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Times-Herald on Aug. 17, 2018
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