Pastor Jerry Dean Willis
1945 - 2021
BORN
1945
DIED
2021
Pastor Jerry Dean Willis

December 5, 1945 - February 19, 2021

Pastor Jerry Dean Willis, 75, of Morganton, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Friday, Feb. 19, 2021.

Born Dec. 5, 1945, he was the son of the late Claude and Doris Willis.

Jerry was a member and Associate Pastor of Praise Assembly of God. Jerry graduated from East Rutherford High School where he received a football scholarship to Appalachian State University. After he graduated from ASU, he began his teaching career in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. He soon continued his career at Alexander Central High School as an assistant principal and football coach. He then became assistant principal at Hibriten High School in Lenoir where he retired in 1996. Before he retired in 1996, he acquired his general contractors license from the state of North Carolina. He enjoyed a passion for construction and remodeling on a part-time basis until fully retiring in 2015. Throughout his life, he has owned and raised registered Hereford, Angus and commercial beef cattle. He enjoyed visiting other farms and farmers at various livestock meeting and cattle auctions where he explored various ideas on how the cattle industry was changing. A week after he retired from his education career, he accepted the call by the Lord into Ministry. Jerry and Susie have been in ministry for 20 years. They planted a church in Morganton (All Nations Tabernacle). They helped start five Celebrate Recovery programs and led the Celebrate Recovery program at Whitnel Pentecostal Holiness Church for two years. He also started Celebrate Recovery inside the Hudson Prison. He was Senior Pastor at Macedonia Pentecostal Holiness Church for five years, and he has been pastoring at Praise Assembly since 2016.

Pastor Jerry is survived by his second wife of 32 years, Suzanne "Susie" Seagle Willis; sons, Mike Willis and wife, Denise, Robert Willis and wife, Wendy; stepdaughters, April Robinson and husband, Jody, Amy Lovelace and husband, Charlie; grandchildren, Morgan Willis, Maggie Willis, Jared Willis, Jesse Willis, Elijah Cook, Isaiah Cook, Jonah Cook, Abigail Cook, Angel Riggins, Megan Ceragioli, and Caleb Ceragioli; great-grandchildren, Adalyn Kaylor, Elioth Ceragioli, and Porter Cook; brothers, Ronnie Willis and wife, Linda, and Dennis Willis and wife, Cora; and sister, Gloria Jones and husband, Gus.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 28, at Praise Assembly Church of God in Glen Alpine. The funeral will be held at 4 p.m. in the church, with the Pastors Kevin Crawford and Boyd Biggerstaff officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the N.C. National Guard and the Caldwell County Veterans Honor Guard. The service for Pastor Willis will be livestreamed at lifeatpraise.org/index.php/media.

Memorial contributions may be made to Praise Assembly Church of God Building Fund.

Sossoman Funeral Home

www.sossomanfh.com

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Published by Hickory Daily Record on Feb. 23, 2021.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
Feb
28
Visitation
1:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.
Praise Assembly Church of God
, Glen Alpine, North Carolina
Feb
28
Funeral
4:00p.m.
Praise Assembly Church of God
, Glen Alpine, North Carolina
Feb
28
Funeral
4:00p.m.
livestreamed at lifeatpraise.org/index.php/media
Funeral services provided by:
Sossoman Funeral Home
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Never forget the impact him and his wife had in my life .Great man of God never forgotten
Jessica crisco
February 28, 2021
I am so sad for our loss here on earth but I know without one doubt Pastor Jerry is with our LORD JESUS face to face in all of His Glory! He Loved the LORD! I´ll never forget meeting Pastor Jerry & Pastor Kevin at the hospital & their kindness & seeing CHRIST & His Love shining through them. What a team of Pastors Jerry, Boyd & Kevin are! Jerry led a wonderful Sunday School class & his wife Is just precious. I don´t have enough room to write all that describes this wonderful Godly man. I believe he will have many rewards & crowns to lay at our LORDS´ feet. I love you Jerry & Susie. You are in my thoughts & prayers. Jerry fell asleep & that quick woke up " Home ". He is safe. Remember the song..." What a day that will be"? Jerrys´ day has come. The LORD will take good care of you Susie , HE loves you with an Everlasting Love. I do too.
Karen Connell
February 27, 2021
Dear Family: Our hearts go out to you at this time. We will be praying for comfort for the days ahead. Always admired your Dad and will cherish the memories at Hibriten High School. God Bless, Darin and Rachel Toliver; Rev. and Mrs. Clarence N. Widener
Darin & Rachel Toliver
February 25, 2021
Only met your late husband one time. Knowing you he had to be a good man to put up with you. Remember and cherish the good times, a lot of changes will come your way, but you are a strong lady. Thinking of the families.
Ann Smith
February 24, 2021
Precious Susie. Our love and prayers are with you. Jerry and You were such a wonderful part of our life ministering in the name of our Blessed Lord. We will always love you both and know that we will be together again one day soon. Love and prayers. Kathy & Barbara & Ray.
Kathy White & Barbara Wilson
February 24, 2021
We are saddened to hear of Pastor Jerry´s passing Sussie our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family we love you dearly be strong God Bless
Don and Jenny
February 22, 2021
Susie and family, we were surprised and saddened to hear if Jerry's passing. We rejoice with him in going home but know it is heartbreaking for you all. We will be continuing prayers for all of you for the peace and comfort of God to surround you all! God bless you!
Rick and Brenda Grasty
February 22, 2021
I'm so sorry to hear about Jerry's passing... He was a wonderful man and always enjoyed time with him at the office.... Added several blessings to my life!!! The whole family is in my prayers
Chana Beach
February 22, 2021