Larry Lamont Willis was born on December 15, 1941 to Lem Leach and Margaret Willis in Raeford, North Carolina. After a brief illness, he died at his home on February 5, 2019.
Larry was educated in the Hoke County Public School system and attended Upchurch High School where he excelled baseball. In 1964, he was drafted into the United States Army where he served in Vietnam. While in service, he earned the Vietnam Defense Service Medical. After two years of service, he was honorably discharged in 1966. After returning from Vietnam, he worked at Burlington Industries. After several years, he left Burlington and took a position with David’s Stores, where he worked until retiring.
In 1971, he married Patricia Ann White and to this union they welcomed and raised two children, Boris and Nissa.
Larry played baseball with a community team in Raeford, and once played in an exhibition game against the great Satchel Paige. A talented carpenter, he enjoyed working with his hands on many creative building projects. He also enjoyed taking walks and wine making. Larry was known for his friendly personality and his generous spirit. He was a kind man who was known to many as "Uncle Larry."
An avid sports fan, he enjoyed every opportunity to watch his beloved Duke Blue Devils and Washington Redskins, whenever they played.
He leaves to cherish his precious memories, son Boris Willis; daughter Nissa Willis; two sisters, Veronica Fellows and Karon (Tena) Major; niece Tuesda Moore; her husband Tim Moore and their children, Tanae, Taylen, and Taliah; great grandniece, Jailah; and a host of other family members and many friends who have been an important part of his life.