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“Wishing you all peace and continued awareness of Kenneth's lasting presence in the heavens and in the faces of his descendants. You are in our...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Terri Patrick

“Kenneth and Barbara have been wonderful family friends for many years. I have fond memories of camping trips with them and their kids when we were...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Tammy Schack - Edmond, OK

“The arms of those here on earth were helpless as Kenneth's health deteriorated, but his faith and hope remained strong because he knew he soon would...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Travis Gentry - Floydada, TX

“So sorry to hear of Kenneth's passing. He was a regular user of the library during the 30 years I was librarian, and I will always remember him as...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Sandra Crawford - Floydada, TX

“So sorry to hear about Kennth. I have such fond memories of going to y'all house, growing up, we had some good times. he was so kind and always made...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: PJ Schulz Tomison - Slaton, TX

“So very sorry for your loss, ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: Carolyn Matzinger - Decatur, TX

“Oh, the memories! We've been neighbors/friends with the Willises for over 50 years. Four miles separate us here in the country of Floyd Co. It's...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Travis and Geraldine Gentry - TX

“We are very sorry for your loss. ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: Barb and Jack Rossetti - WI

“Thinking of my special " Aunt Bob" and precious Willis cousins.I know they say the streets of Heaven are lined in Gold. I am hoping for my Uncle...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Charles and Tanoa Marsh - TX


Kenneth Lee Willis, age 89, of Floydada, passed away in Lubbock on Sunday, January 1, 2017, surrounded by family and friends.

Kenneth was born October 3, 1927, in the Lakeview Community near Floydada to Henry Lee and Nina June Battey Willis. He graduated from Floydada High School in 1944, and from Texas Tech in 1949. He married Barbara Jean Landers on August 6, 1950 after dating only three months, and they celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary in 2016.

Kenneth was a lifelong farmer. He served on several Co-op boards and was active in 4-H club leadership for many years. Kenneth was named "Farmer of the Year" in 1976 by the Floyd County Soil and Water Conservation District. He was baptized in a horse tank at age 11, and he and Barbara were faithful members of First Baptist Church Floydada. Kenneth loved his family and the land. He was an avid fan of the Red Raiders, Lady Raiders, Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Rangers. He enjoyed woodworking, metal work, the Good Sam's RV Club, playing "84" dominoes with cherished friends, reading and being home.

He is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife and four children, Brenda Gayle Bowman (husband David) of Richmond, Karen Lea Sage (husband Dan) of Graham, Kenneth Edward Willis of Cheyenne Wyoming and Kristi Jean Lunday (husband David) of Decatur. Nine grandchildren include Shanna Rossetti, Kaci Garza, Heather Finney, Todd Bowman, Daniel Sage, Taylor Sage, Kyle Willis, Benjamin Lunday and Tanaya Lunday. He had seven great-grandchildren, Owen Rossetti, Grace Rossetti, Abraham Garza IV, Kennedy Garza, Elizabeth Finney, Theo Bowman, and Matthew Willis. Survivors also include two sisters, Nadine Pierce of Houston and Rena Turner of Duncan, Oklahoma.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at First Baptist Church in Floydada at 2:00 pm, following visitation at First Baptist Church from 12:30-1:30 pm. Interment will follow at the Lakeview Cemetery under the direction of Moore-Rose Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Floydada or the charity of your choice.

Funeral Home
Moore-Rose Funeral Home
329 W California St Floydada, TX 79235
Tel. (806) 983-2525

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