Joseph G. Willis

July 1, 1945 - August 10, 2021

Joseph G. “Joe” Willis, 76, of Silsbee, died Tuesday, August 10, 2021, at Christus Southeast Texas-St. Elizabeth, Beaumont. He was born on July 1, 1945, in Pitkin, Louisiana to Atha Lee Perkins and J.D. Willis.

Joe made his life and raised his family in Silsbee with the love of his life, Bobby, for the past fifty-three years. He worked as an oilfield rigger, and later owned his own logging business. After retiring from logging, he sold produce north of Silsbee, where most people knew him as the “Fruit Stand Man”. He loved visiting with people, and if you knew Joe, then you know he never met a stranger. The things he loved the most were his family, bass fishing on the lake, bluegrass music, Blue Bell ice cream, the Dallas Cowboys, and his “poochies” Bossy and Bella.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-three years, Bobby Willis; daughters, Tina Engle and her husband, Bruce, of Livingston; Nina Gonsoulin and her husband, Joey, of Saginaw; Darla Biscamp and her husband, Leland, of Silsbee; and Misty Walters and her husband, Clint, of Orange; sons, JY Willis and his wife Angela, of Silsbee; and Joseph Willis and his fiancée, Tina Hooker, of Buna; twenty-nine grandchildren; thirty-six great-grandchildren; siblings, Nelda White and her husband, Gary, and Norma Wolcott, both of Kountze; Robert Willis, of Batson; Dean Willis and his wife, Florence, and Tim Willis and his wife, Phyllis, both of Huntington.

Joe is preceded in death by his daughter, Christene Willis; mother, Atha Lee Willis; father, J.D. Willis; sister, Betty Sue Glenn; brother, Jerrel Willis; and grandsons, Danny McAdams and Barry McAdams.

A gathering of Mr. Willis’ family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Friday, August 13, 2021, at Broussard’s, 490 Cemetery Road, Silsbee. His funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 14, 2021, at Broussard’s, with his interment to follow at Resthaven Cemetery, Silsbee.

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Resthaven Cemetery

Resthaven Cemetery
  • south 3rd silsbee tx 77656

Funeral Service

Funeral Service
  • 490 cemetery road silsbee tx 77656
  • 08/14/2021
  • 10:00 am

Gathering of Family and Friends

Gathering of Family and Friends
  • 490 cemetery road silsbee tx 77656
  • 08/13/2021
  • 12:44 pm

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Mike and Renee Collier

Mrs Willis, J Y and family. We are so deeply saddened to hear of Mr Willis passing. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Brenda and Marion Craft

JY was a great husband, father and grandfather and he will be missed by all. We love him and know he loved God. We love you and are praying for all of you.

Wanda & Garry Linscomb

Dear Precious Family, we are So Sorry for this Great Loss We wish that we could be there with y’all. You Know that we are Praying for Comfort and Peace in your hearts. We Love you All So Very Much !! XOXOXOXOXOXO

Wanda & Garry Linscomb

Drear Precious Family, you are All in our Prayers and in our Hearts today ! Praying for Peace and Comfort for everyone. Though we can’t be ther in pe, we are there in our hearts. We Love you, Bobby, Man, Darla, Joseph and Misty !!! Aunt Wanda and Uncle Garry

Nina Gonsoulin

Sure are gonna miss your sweet smile, best watermelons and the love you had for your family. Until we meet again , I will carry you in my heart ❤️ Condolences to everyone who loved you

Ramona Reed

Thinking of all of you at this time. I love y’all!

Donnie Willis

I am very sorry for your loss , love yall God be with you, I want be there but you will be in my heart ❤️ I know what your going through

Mary Swearingen

I know his passing will leave a great void in your hearts and souls...May God give you the strength to get thru this sad time...We here in Kountze knew and remember him as J.Y...We grew up together attending the Central Baptist Church here in Kountze........We shared a lot of "treasure shopping" which I know he loved also...God Bless you Bobbie and Family.....Sisters also...Norma and Nelda....

JoAnn Russell

So Sorry for the loss of your husband and soul mate Bobby. J.Y. was such a very friendly guy, he never meet a stranger. You all were just like family to me and Arthur Lee. We loved you all dearly. May his soul R.I.P.. And may God be with you in the next weeks ahead.

Chelsea Willis

I Love you, all. We'll all miss seeing J.Y. at the family reunions, but we can look forward to seeing him at the ultimate family reunion in heaven.

Donna White

Joe was a awesome person I’m thankful for all the good memories I have of our time spent together! Bobby an Joe were our best friends when we had our flea market days ! He could always get you to smile ! Prayers for his family ! I love you all

Kyle & Connie Bland

So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.