Avis Gore Willis

Avis Willis (Mimi to her loved ones), 90, returned to her heavenly home on Nov. 24, 2017 after a valiant battle with a long illness. Her devotion to her family and friends, and her firm belief in God supported her in this struggle and ultimately gave her peace. Mimi was a wonderful soul who gave selflessly to her family, friends and community.
Avis was born to the late Audrey and Hughie Gore in 1927. She was raised in a large loving family with nine brothers and sisters. Avis married John Karner Willis of Tehuacana in September 1946 in Teague. They settled in Greenville where John served as a Texas State Trooper. Their three children were born there; Hugh Douglas, John Karner Jr., and Janet Kay. The family returned to Mexia in 1960 and all three children graduated from Mexia schools. Avis worked as a florist in Mexia for over 50 years. She was a faithful member of The McKinney Street Church of Christ, President of the Daughters of the Confederacy, and longtime volunteer at the hospital in Mexia.
Mimi was blessed with a large loving family. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother who’s touch, and kindness will echo throughout generations. Her brothers and sisters; Alford, Louise, J.W., Juanita, Hughie Jr., Madie, Gene, Linda, and Terry.
Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren: son Hugh Douglas Willis and wife Linda of Hillsboro, grandchildren Laura, John, and Leah and husband Stan Borel. Great grandchildren Mikaylie, Tierra, Jenna Lee, Jack and Tyranny. Son John Karner Willis Jr. and wife Vicki of Waco, Grandchild John Douglas and wife Crystal, Russell and wife Marcie. Great grandchildren Sophie, Audrey, Sidney and Ty. Daughter Janet (Martinelli) and husband Dave Martinelli of Waxahachie. Grandchildren Nathan Ragsdale and wife Vanessa, Blake Ragsdale and wife Alison, Jordan, Victoria and David Jr. Great Grandchildren Levi, Lori and Gabriel.
Avis was preceded in death by her parents Audrey and Hughie, husband John, brothers Alford (died Christmas Day 1944 in Bastogne), Hughie Jr., and sister Linda.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 28 at Tehuacana Cemetery with the Reverend Bill Wright, Sr. officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Corley- Porter Funeral Home prior to the service.
Serving as pallbearers will be Russell Allen, John Charles Willis, John Douglas Willis, John Nathan Ragsdale, Blake Alan Ragsdale, David Michael Martinelli, Jr. and Stanley Borel, III.
An online quest book is available at corleyporterfuneralhome.com and by selecting the Avis Willis obituary.
Corley-Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.