Thomasville Times Enterprise


April 21, 2014

Norwood Chester Willis

THOMASVILLE —  Norwood Chester Willis, age 92, passed away at his home on April 20, 2014. Norwood was born January 28, 1922 in Thomas County, Georgia. He was the sixth of seven children born to Chester C. and Katie Carr Willis. Norwood moved to Jefferson County in 1938 with his parents and two sisters and the family began farming a piece of land that would later become part of today’s Mays Pond Plantation. Norwood was a long time member of Sardis Methodist Church where he served in many different roles and he was a veteran of WWII. He was a Staff Sergeant during the war with the U. S. Army Air Force. Entering the service in November of 1942, he was soon stationed at the 8th Air Force Liberator Base in England as a B-24 Crew Chief for the 445th Bombardment Group. Returning home after the war, Norwood was again farming with his father who had also began working for Ralph and Katherine Perkins as manager for their rapidly growing Mays Pond Plantation. After the death of his father in 1951, Norwood assumed the position of Plantation Manager and continued in that role until retiring in 1987. Upon retiring, Norwood stayed busy working in his yard and riding daily over the land that he called home for so long. Norwood was preceded in death by his father, his mother, his first wife Ethel, his second wife Ileane, four brothers, a sister, and many dear friends. He is survived by one son Mike (Pam) Willis, a daughter Rebecca (Howard) Marx, six grandchildren, and one sister, Esther King. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, April 22 from 6:00 to 8:00 at Beggs Funeral Home in Monticello. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 am, Wednesday, April 23 at Sardis Memorial Methodist Church with Internment to follow in the Church Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Big Bend Hospice. — Beggs Funeral Home

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