John Rex Willis 74 of Pulaski, peacefully completed his earthly journey and went fishing on September 21, 2009. Born October 3, 1934 in Damascus, VA. He was preceded in death by his parents, the late John Avery and Ruby N. Willis, and his brother Frederick E. Willis of Pulaski.
He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and retired from Hercules Powder Company at RAAP. He served as Pulaski County Building Official for several years as well as construction manager for various job sites revamping the VA courthouses and VA. Public schools, the last belonging to Wythe County Schools.
Rex is survived by his wife of 49 years, Martha (Becky) M. Willis; son and daughter-in-law, John D. and Jolene E. Willis of Orlando Park, Il.; daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and William (Bill) Richardson of Christiansburg. Grandchildren; John, Sarah, and Sydney of Orlando Park, Il. and Mike (Mr. P) of Pulaski. Sister, Ms. Sandra Younce of Pulaski. Brother and Sister-in-law Don and Ruth Willis of Elkton, MD. Mother-in-law, Mrs. Sara A. Martin of Pulaski. Brother-in-law, Howard Martin of Pulaski. Brother and Sister-in-law, Terry and Barbara Martin of Lynchburg; also survived by 4 nieces.
Rex enjoyed his family and friends, fishing, hunting, boating, and any ball game there was to watch.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday September 24, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. from the Stevens Funeral Chapel with the Rev. C.R. Conner officiating. Burial will follow at the Highland Memory Gardens, Dublin. Visiting will be from the funeral home Wednesday where the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.
Arrangements by Stevens Funeral Home, Pulaski.