James Edward Willis, 79

Published 9:22 am Friday, March 4, 2022

James Edward Willis,  79, passed away Friday, March 4, 2022, at his home in Batesville.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 8,  in the Martin Willingham Memorial Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with the family receiving friends beginning at noon prior to the service. Pastor Jimmy Smith will officiate.

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Ed was born in Marks on Nov. 8, 1942 to the late James Walter Willis and Ola May Jones Willis. Ed worked for Panola Mills and retired from Insituform Technologies, where he was a machine operator. After retirement, Ed enjoyed working on cars, cutting the grass and working in his yard. He could often be found watching Fox News and doing a little fishing. He was the kind of person who would do anything for anyone who needed help. He was known to be a great cook. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and particularly his grandchildren.

The loving family he leaves behind includes his children, Chris Willis (Sherry) of New Albany, James Michael “Mike” Willis of Batesville; sister Mrs. Odell Jones (Harold); grandchildren, Tiffany Willis Austin (Peyton), Jennifer “Paige” Willis, Christy Willis, Eric Sean Parker, Matthew Ray Roden; great grandchildren, Marley Austin, Amelia Austin, Riley Cadena, Sophia Parker, and 2 on the way, Hensley Renfroe and Baby Roden.

In addition to his parents, Ed was preceded in death by one son, Edward Wayne “Eddie” Willis; sisters and brothers, Albert “Primrose” Tutor, Jessie James Tutor, James Walter Willis Jr and Doris Adell Willis.