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William Harold Dolly Willis

Duffield, Va.-William Harold “Dolly” Willis, 92, passed away on Wednesday, December 13, 2023, at Lonesome Pine Hospital in Big Stone Gap, Va.
Born in Arno, Virginia, he lived a majority of his life in the Jasper Community of Lee County, Va. He was a retired coal miner with the Westmoreland Coal Company and a member of the U.M.W.A. He loved fishing. He was a member of Jasper Central Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Kate (Rogers) Willis; his parents, James A. and Aldora (Owens) Willis; sisters, Verna Carrier (Fred), Dorothy Sturgill (Charles), Lois Hurley (Doug), Alice Lane, Loretta Huff and Eveleyn “Sis” Qualls (Bill); and his brother, James A. Willis, Jr.
Surviving are his daughter, Donna Reist (Teddy), Duffield; son, William H. Willis, Jr. (Gwen), Talbot, Tn.; three grandsons, Logan, Nathan and Westan Willis; sisters, Charlotte Farr and Eva Jean Ball (Kenneth); brothers-in-law, Larry Lane and Kenneth Ball; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends 5:00pm – 7:00pm Friday, December 15, 2023, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave. W., Big Stone Gap and 12:00pm – 1:00pm Saturday, December 16, 2023, at the Jasper Central Baptist Church, 136 Jasper Road, Duffield, Va. The service will follow at 1:00pm Saturday with Pastor Wayne Thomas officiating.
Burial will follow at American Legion Cemetery in Big Stone Gap.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Willis family.
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