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The Cherryville Eagle

Robert Lee Willis, Sr.

Dec 26, 2019 09:22AM

Robert Lee Willis, Sr. 

CHERRYVILLE – Mr. Robert Lee Willis, Sr., 83, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019 at the Hospice House of Forest City.

Robert was born in Gaston County, N.C., on Nov. 12, 1936, a son of the late Lester Willis and Wilma Mitchem Willis. He was retired after 33 years as a truck driver for Ryder P.I.E. of Charlotte, and was a member of Teamsters Local #61. Robert was a member of First Baptist Church and the William B. “Dub” Beam Sunday School class. He served for many years as the director for the Royal Ambassadors at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Cherryville. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and was a member of the Cherryville American Legion Post 100.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Willis; and a sister, Wilma Willis Lavery.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Kay Beam Willis; a son, Robert Lee Willis and wife Stephanie of Cherryville; four grandchildren, Matthew Willis and fiancé Kelli Howze; Macie Deaton and husband Brandon; Jessica Hickson; Justin Hickson and wife Brooke; four great-grandchildren, Jayden Adams; Emery Adams; Renlee Deaton, and Jacob Howze; and a sister-in-law, Evelyn Willis of Charleston. Also surviving are a number of nieces and nephews.

Visitation was from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019 at First Baptist Church in Cherryville.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019 at First Baptist Church with Dr. Vince Hefner and Rev. Ken Gibson officiating.

Burial was at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center, ATTN: Business Office, 932 Old U.S. 70 Hwy., Black Mountain, NC, 28711, or

to any Hospice organization.

A guest register is available at

Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the Willis family.