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William Larry Willis, 65, Taylor County, KY (1952-2018)

Mr. Willis was a retired teacher for the Taylor County School District, where he had taught English, History, and the Bible as Literature over 30 years. An unfortunate accident in 1971 left him with several physical ailments, but it couldn't dampen his loving and generous spirit as a father, husband, and friend.
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Mr. William Larry Willis, 65, departed this life on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at the Taylor Regional Hospital, Campbellsville, KY.

There will be a funeral service to honor the life of Mr. Willis on Sunday, March 4. 2018 at 1pmCT/2pmET in the chapel of the L.R. Petty Funeral Home, 1765 New Columbia Road, Campbellsville, KY. Bro Don Gowin will be officiating. Burial will follow in the Green River Memorial Cemetery, 3441 Old Columbia Road, Campbellsville, KY. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday, March 3, after 4pmCT/5pmET.


William Larry Willis, 65, Taylor County, KY (1952-2018)


Mr. William Larry Willis of Campbellsville was born on May 23, 1952. He was the son of Betty Jewell (Bault) Willis & the late Welby Earl "Shorty" Willis. He departed this life on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at the Taylor Regional Hospital, being 65 years, nine months, and six days of age.

Mr. Willis was a retired teacher for the Taylor County School District, where he had taught English, History, and the Bible as Literature over 30 years. An unfortunate accident in 1971 left him with several physical ailments, but it couldn't dampen his loving and generous spirit as a father, husband, and friend.

His love of learning lead him to attend Campbellsville College and Western Kentucky University, and he was a member of the Kentucky Education Association and the National Education Association.

In what free time he found, he enjoyed painting, usually acrylics, and he stayed active in the academic teams, the school newspaper, creative writer's club, and the chess club. Mr. Willis professed faith in Christ and was a member of Fairview Baptist Church.

He leaves to cherish his memory:

  • His wife: Melissa (Rainwater) Willis, Campbellsville, KY

  • Two children: Miranda Willis and companion Chris Taylor, and Bryce Willis, all of Campbellsville, KY

  • His mother: Betty Willis of Campbellsville, KY

  • One sister: Joan Tinnell and husband David of Campbellsville, KY

  • One grandson: Levi Taylor

  • Three local nephews: Jeremy Wood, Josh Wood, and Mitchell Tinnell

  • Several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, their children and grandchildren

  • A special caregiver: Shari Scully of Campbellsville, KY

  • His lapdog: Chubby

  • And a host of other family and friends
He was also preceded in death by his other lapdog, Chunky.

Send condolences to the family of William Larry Willis

The L.R. Petty Funeral Home, 1765 New Columbia Road, Campbellsville, KY, is in charge of arrangements.


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William Larry Willis, 65, Taylor County, KY (1952-2018)



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