Theodore D “T. D.” Willis

Theodore D “T. D.” Willis

Birth
Kentucky, USA
Death 11 Jan 1942 (aged 74)
Kentucky, USA
Burial Shrewsbury, Grayson County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 92961520 · View Source
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T. D. Willis Passes
J. L. Hines

Word reached me just a few days ago that my friend and brother, T. D. Willis, of Caneyville, Ky., left for his eternal home January 11, 1942. I met Brother Willis the first time about the year 1914, while I was located in Central City, Ky. We preached much in the same section. Those were the days when the Baptists and Methodists nicknamed us "Uncle Alex's boys." We debated with all who would sign propositions. I would moderate for Brother Willis and he would moderate for me. He would take on the "big boys" and I the "little" ones. Brother Willis met H. B. Taylor and T. A. H. Laslie, and he did a good job of it, too. T. D. Willis was clean in life and sound in the faith. He was born October 6, 1867. On November 6, 1890, he was married to Miss Thenie Wells Huff, and to this union two children were born-namely, Elza, who died in 1900, and Esther, who married a soldier and lives far away. Brother Willis obeyed the gospel under the preaching of Asa Davis in 1885, and in the year 1895 he was ordained by the church at Shrewsbury, Ky., to preach the gospel. Brother Willis was a preacher of no mean ability, a debater who met arguments, a writer of worth; he was a good husband, a kind father, and always loyal to his friends; he was humorous, but never indulged in the vulgar language of the street. I have lost a true friend. May God's richest blessings rest upon his wife and daughter. It will not be long until I will be coming home too; so meet me at the gate. --Gospel Advocate, February 5, 1942, p. 131.

Willis. - T. D. Willis was born October 6, 1867; died January 11, 1942. He was married to Thenia Wells Huff, November 6, 1890. To this union two children were born, Elzie and Esther. Elzie died at the age of eight years. His wife, his daughter (Mrs. Esther Willis Woosley), and one grandson ( Challon Woosley) survive. He obeyed the gospel under the preaching of Asa Davis in 1885, and began preaching the same year. In the church house at Shrewsbury, Ky., where Brother Willis began his ministry more than fifty years ago, the writer tried to speak words of comfort to the family and friends gathered there. Brother Willis was a man of unusual ability in defending the word of God. During his long years of service he successfully defended the truth in public discussions. His life was spent near his birthplace. For ten years he was minister of the Atwood Church, Louisville, Ky.-R. G. Embry, 4847 Bellevue Avenue, Louisville, Ky. --Gospel Advocate, February 12, 1942, p. 167.


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  • Maintained by: Tom Childers
  • Originally Created by: ckeisling
  • Added: 2 Jul 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial 92961520
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Theodore D “T. D.” Willis (6 Oct 1867–11 Jan 1942), Find a Grave Memorial no. 92961520, citing Shrewsbury Cemetery, Shrewsbury, Grayson County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Tom Childers (contributor 46515204) .