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March 4, 2014

Russ Eugene Willis

HAHIRA — Russ Eugene Willis, 65, of Hahira passed away Monday, March 3, 2014 at his residence. A memorial service for Mr. Willis will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Boone Funeral Home, 202 N. Hutchinson Avenue in Adel, with the Rev. James Guthrie officiating. The Willis family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

He was born March 15, 1948 in Tampa, Fla. to the late Thurman and Avada Mann Willis. Mr. Willis was a Christian and a proud descendant of the Seminole Indian Tribe. He worked as a grocery associate for Winn-Dixie and Publix, where he spent the last 19 years of his career.

Mr. Willis is survived by his wife, Joanne "Jo-Jo" Louise Hammann Willis of Hahira; daughters, Missy Newsom of Jacksboro, Texas, Carrie Holton of Crossville, Tenn. and Tonya Scimia of New Bern, N.C.; son, Brian Mitchell of Adel; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; his former spouse and close friend of the family, Debbie Griffin; a brother, Dwayne Willis of California; two brothers-in-law: Fred Hammann of Phoenix, Ariz. and Michael Hammann of Baltimore, Md.; and two sisters-in-law, Debra Hammann of St. Petersburg, Fla. and Linda Hammann of Baltimore, Md.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.boonefunerals.com.  

Boone Funeral Home is serving the Willis Family.

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