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Dennis Stephen Willis, Sr

September 7, 1941 March 8, 2019
Dennis Stephen Willis, Sr
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Obituary for Dennis Stephen Willis, Sr

Dennis Stephen Willis, Sr., age 77 passed from this world to take his place in God’s Kingdom on March 8, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents Herb & Mary Willis and his wife of 50 years, Helen.
Born in Pamlico County, NC but raised in Miami, Florida where he was an avid baseball and football player. He was even drafted by the Detroit Tigers but instead chose to go to the US Coast Guard Academy and later Auburn University. He earned dual bachelor’s degrees in Civil Engineering and Building Construction. Later he moved North to work at Dupont where he met his wife Helen.
Dennis ended up moving back to the South to Knoxville, TN for the remainder of his life. He worked for HUD until his retirement. He was a true engineer his entire life with amazing penmanship to prove it!
Dennis enjoyed golf enough to teach his wife to play but when she began outplaying him he then became her biggest fan. He was also a volunteer at the Knoxville Open for many years and enjoyed staying active.
Dennis went on many hunting and fishing trips with longtime friends and his beloved dogs.
Later in life he enjoyed being “Poppa” spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren at home and at the Neuse River beach in Pamlico County, NC where his family was from.
Dennis is survived by daughters Nancy Elfvin and husband Rick of Knoxville; Christine Witt and husband Bill of Knoxville; Susan Fenn and husband Steve of Raleigh, NC; son Dennis Willis, Jr. of Nashville, TN; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, brother-in-law Don Eyre of Medford, NJ and many lifelong friends and extended family.
Family will receive friends 5:30-7pm Monday at Click Funeral Home Middlebrook Chapel with a Service to follow at 7pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to the charity of your choice in his honor.


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Visitation

Monday

11

Mar

5:30 PM 3/11/2019 5:30:00 PM - 7:00 PM 3/11/2019 7:00:00 PM
Click Funeral Home and Cremations Middlebrook Chapel

9020 Middlebrook Pike
Knoxville, TN 37923

Click Funeral Home and Cremations Middlebrook Chapel
9020 Middlebrook Pike Knoxville 37923 TN
United States

Service

Monday

11

Mar

7:00 PM 3/11/2019 7:00:00 PM
Click Funeral Home and Cremations Middlebrook Chapel

9020 Middlebrook Pike
Knoxville, TN 37923

Click Funeral Home and Cremations Middlebrook Chapel
9020 Middlebrook Pike Knoxville 37923 TN
United States
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