John Dewey Willis
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John Dewey Willis
  • May 14, 1936 - May 14, 2017
  • North Carolina

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John Dewey Willis passed away May 14, 2017, at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, North Carolina. He died on his birthday that he shares with his wife. A native of Craven County, he was born May 14, 1936, to the late Errell Dewey and Lena Ipock Willis.

After attending Bridgeton School and New Bern High School in 1954, he served in the Army and returned to work at Ives Oil Company for 30 years. He also worked at A.J. Ballard Oil Company and Craven County Board of Education.

John enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and taught them to drive at early ages. He loved the outdoors and made memories crabbing and telling them the important things they need to know in life.

He loved his family and was a friend to all he encountered. He always had something funny to say.

John is survived by his wife Barbara of 60 years; son John D. Willis, II (Joanne); daughter Wanda Willis Goodson (Broughton); grandchildren Jessica Willis, John Willis, III, Broughton Goodson, II and Benjamin Willis Goodson. Also surviving are his sisters Marguerite Fadler (Bob) and Marie Lansche; sister-in-laws Joy Sutton and Marie Wetherington; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 18 at Cotten Funeral Home and Crematory. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow the service at Greenleaf Memorial Park.

Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Cotten Funeral Home and Crematory. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.cottenfuneralhome.com.