Bana Willis, Jr.
Bana Willis, Jr.
July 28, 1937 - April 8, 2021


Bana Willis Jr., 83, of Jonesville, Virginia, formerly of Hollister, passed away peacefully Thursday, April 8, 2021 at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, TN following a short illness.

He was born July 28, 1937 in Haysi, VA one of 11 children of the late Bana Willis Sr. and Mellie Blair Willis. He graduated from Haysi High School in 1957. He was an active volunteer with the Jonesville Lights in the Park, a Christmas event held annually at Cumberland Bowl Park. He married Janice Mullins, who preceded him in death. The couple lived in Florida, where Junior was a superintendent for Georgia-Pacific Paper Company. He retired in 1999.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Rose Smith; one son, Matt; six brothers, Foy, Jack, Buster, Gene, Amos and Andy; and one sister, JoAnn Steele.

His survivors include his son, David and girlfriend, Tammy of Hollister; his fiancée, Shirley Watson of Jonesville, VA; his extended family, Donna and Tim Lock of Jonesville, VA, Rick and Lori Watson of Jonesville, VA, Rex and Lisa McCarty of Gate City, VA and Todd Watson of Abingdon, VA; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; his sisters, Mae Mullins of Goldsboro, NC, Marie Wallace of Haysi, VA and Debbie Kirby of Goldsboro, NC; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and a host of friends.

Graveside services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 15th at Pineview Cemetery in Interlachen with Bishop Johnny Coe Counts officiating. The family will receive friends at the cemetery from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone planning to attend the services is asked to wear a face covering and practice social distancing.

Messages of encouragement or sympathy may be expressed in his online guestbook at

Masters Funeral Home of Palatka is in charge of local arrangements.

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