Cecil Bradford 'Deak' Willis
The angelic hosts came for Cecil Bradford "Deak" Willis, 73, on Sunday, March 16, 2014, at the East Texas Medical Center in Fairfield, among loving family and devoted friends.
A viewing will be held Friday, March 21, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe in Teague, with the family present from 7 to 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 22, at True Vine DOXA Center, 917 South Fairway in Fairfield, with Rev. Michael Daniels, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow at Shiloh Cemetery in Oakwood.
Willis was born April 13, 1940 in Freestone County, the second of six children born to Ervin Willis and Arra Mae Washington Willis.
Willis grew up in Freestone County and attended Fairfield public schools. He was baptized in New Zion Baptist Church in the Post Oak community at an early age. Cecil was a deacon as well as a Mason.
Willis was employed as a truck driver all of his life. Deak enjoyed watching TV westerns and he loved to eat. He will most be remembered for his outgoing personality and talkative nature – he never met a stranger.
Cecil was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Eddie Lee Willis; and his brothers, William Woodard, Onless Willis, Joseph Willis, Ervin Willis Jr., A.W. Willis and Travis Willis.
Those left to cherish his memory most are his sons, Freddie Lee Willis, of Fairfield; Rickie Roland Willis and wife Willie Mae, and Bradford Wayne Willis, all of Mexia; his daughters, Cecil Alondale Jones and husband Ronnie, of Valrico, Fla.; Iva Hope Willis, of Dallas; Betty Tatum and Diamond Willis, both of Mexia; his sisters, Demple Wortham, of Phoenix; Collie Mae Hunter and husband Eugene, of Fort Worth; Robbie Nell Henry and Shirlene Green, both of Garland; his brother Pervie Woodard, of Fairfield; his grandchildren, Derek Forge, of Dallas; Anthony Forge, of Wortham; Frederick Eatmon, of Dallas; Bryan Jones and wife Emmie, of Des Moines, Iowa; Jahreese Jordan Sr., of Valrico Fla.; Edrick Willis, Justin Washington and wife Laquita, and Rickie D. Willis, all of Dallas; Jahmaal Jones, of Valrico, Fla.; Briceson Tatum, of Groesbeck; Angela Huckaby and husband Frederick, and Lucretia Willis, all of Fort Worth; two special friends, Willie Davis Owens and David Parks, both of Teague; and a host of great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, family and friends.
Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home is serving the Willis family. Visit mooresangelicfuneralhome.com to sign the guestbook and light a candle.