January 21, 1933-December 30, 2014
Randolph L. Willis transitioned from this earth to embrace the arms of his Lord and Savior, while surrounded by his loving family, on December 30, 2014 after an extended illness.
He was born on January 21, 1933 to Marshall and Patsy D. Willis in Anderson, Indiana. Randolph was committed and proud of the Anderson community, as he lived his entire life and raised his family in the city he loved.
Randolph was a believer and follower of Christ. He confessed his faith at the age of twelve at Second Baptist Church where he remained a faithful and devoted member for seventy years. Randolph was a Deacon at Second Baptist for thirty-five years, where he served as Chairman of the Deacon Board until illness limited his participation. Deacon Randolph Willis was the epitome of a servant leader, whereby he also served as an Usher, Usher Board President, member of the Adult Choir, contractor/foreman for several church renovation projects, and would often serve the ministry by providing transportation for others members. Deacon Willis’ greatest joy was his faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ and his family.
Randolph served honorably in the United States Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of the American Legion and Local UAW 662. He worked dutifully at General Motors Delco Remy for forty-three years until he retired. He was a hard-working and dedicated employee, to many he was known as “Mr. Fix-It-Man;” if you called him, he would come.
Randolph Willis was affectionately known as “Uncle Ranny” to his nieces, nephews, and the surrounding neighborhood and community which he loved and accepted. To many he was the “adopted” father, brother, and role model that provided and guided them with strong advice and encouragement.
To honor his life and legacy, he leaves his caring, beloved, and devoted wife of fifty-three years, Jane Willis; two sons, Marvin “Merv” Richardson of Anderson, Indiana, Steven Willis (Elaine) of Lafayette, Indiana; a daughter, Marcia Taylor (Rickardo Sr.) of Granger, Indiana; three grandchildren, Rickardo Taylor, Jr., Aundrea Taylor, and Marlon Taylor of Granger, Indiana; a sister, Jessie Rozier of Anderson, Indiana, two brother-in-laws, Roscoe Newell (Vermilla) of Chicago, Illinois and Robert Newell of Cairo, Illinois; one sister-in-law, Zenobia Newell of Chicago, Illinois; one goddaughter, Rodnesha Harney; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Marshall and Patsy Willis; his sisters Roberta Goodwin and Charlotte Taylor; and his brother Robert Willis.
The family of Deacon Randolph L. Willis would like to express our sincere gratitude to everyone for all acts of kindness. A special thank you to Pastor William L. O’Neal and the Second Baptist Church Family, Dr. John Woodall, Dr. Hazim Rimawi, Dr. Rod Nisi, The Saint Vincent Hospice Staff, and a special thanks to Elaine Taylor.
Monday, January 5, 2015
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Monday, January 5, 2015
Second Missionary Baptist Church
203 W. 14th Street
Rev. William O’Neal, Officiating
*Burial will follow *