Robert Allen Willis III died peacefully in Asheville, North Carolina, on July 20, 2017, at the age of 74.
Robert Willis is survived by his wife of 51 years, Charlotte Anne Jordan Willis; his sister Anne Willis Herring Hudson of Taylors, South Carolina, oldest daughter Elizabeth Willis Moore along with her spouse, Jeff Moore and their son, William Moore of Atlanta, Georgia; his youngest daughter Julie Willis Hodges along with her spouse, Zach Hodges and their children, Porter and Anderson Hodges of Port St. Joe, Florida. Robert was preceded in death by his son, Robert Allen Willis IV, father, Robert Allen Willis, Jr. and his mother, Ray Willis.
Robert Allen Willis III was born on October 18, 1942, in Spartanburg, South Carolina while his father was stationed at Camp Croft serving in the U.S. Army. The family moved back to their hometown of Greenwood, Florida where they established a dairy farm and raised cattle. Upon graduation from Marianna High School, Robert attended The Citadel and after serving in the U.S. Air Force here and on foreign soil, he graduated from San Angelo State University. Robert was assigned to the U.S. Air Force Security Service where he served in Amarillo, San Angelo and San Antonio, Texas as well as Germany and South Korea.
In the decades to follow, Robert owned Sunbelt Packing Company. His career took the family to Simpsonville, South Carolina, Valdosta, Georgia and Atlanta, Georgia, before retiring to Port St. Joe, Florida.
During his retirement years, Robert enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, gardening, and studying World War II history. He loved his time serving our country and was active with fellow veterans of the U.S. Air Force Security Service (USAFSS).
A funeral is scheduled for Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 10 a.m. CT / 11am ET. Brother Dave Fernandez will officiate the ceremony at Greenwood United Methodist Church in Greenwood, Florida located at 4220 Bryan Street Greenwood, Florida. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Robert’s life.
In lieu of flowers, consider donations to Shepherd's Men, a wholly non-profit group supporting the SHARE Military Initiative at Shepherd Center Atlanta. SHARE is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the treatment of veterans who have sustained Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from service in the post-9/11 wars. (www.shepherdsmen.com/donate/) or the First United Methodist Church of Port St. Joe Building Fund: PO Box 266 Port St. Joe, Florida 32457. (www.psjumc.org)
The family would like to thank the hospital staff at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville for their dedication and excellent care.