Roy James Willis
Roy James Willis, 76, of the Milam community near Hemphill, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008 at the Sabine County Hospital in Hemphill. Funeral services were Friday, Oct. 17, in the Chapel of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating was the Rev. Jeff Bell, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Port Acres.
Born on July 26, 1932 in Center to James Allen and Eula Bell (Anthony) Willis, he most recently lived in the Milam community near Hemphill. He worked as a truck driver for the Chemical Express Company and retired in 1991. Mr. Willis enjoyed being in the outdoors, hunting and fishing and would often say to his children and family, “You can sit inside when it is raining.” He was a very good father and provider to his family and enjoyed practical jokes. While working as a truck driver, his citizens band radio handle was “Agitator” and he lived up to his name. Mr. Willis enjoyed hunting squirrels during the early part of October. He was a humanitarian who never met a stranger and was always willing to help those in need.
Preceded in death by his parents, those who will most cherish his memory are his daughters, Sandy Harrison and her husband Lanny of Orange, Susan Jenkins and her husband Greg of Vinton, La. and Kathy Prejean and her husband Lenny of Orangefield; sons, Mike Gamblin and his wife Polly of the Little Cypress-Mauriceville community of Orange and David Gamblin and his wife Trudy of Highlands; uncle, Hershel Anthony and his wife Lillian of Vinton, La.; grandchildren, Jena Browning, Damon Burton, Lanna Harrison, Jacob Harrison, J. T. Prejean, Shane Prejean, Preston Gamblin, Matthew Roy Gamblin, Mistee Prejean, Kacey Prejean and Seth Gamblin; five great-grandchildren and numerous extended family.