Marvin Earl Willis


Marvin Earl Willis of Grapeland was born Jan. 20, 1940 in Anthony, Texas, and grew up in New Mexico. He left this earth Jan. 25, 2017 at Methodist Hospital in Houston. He was a retired electrician, being self-employed for 25 years in Madisonville, Texas, then working for TDCJ.

Willis was predeceased by his parents Ernest and Catherine Willis, and one son, James Earl Willis. He is survived by his sister, Marge Berger of Madisonville, Tx. He is also survived by his wife Dorris Rowden Willis of Grapeland, one daughter Caralynda Willis of Madisonville, one son J.D. Willis and wife Judith of Plano, Tx, and Dorris’ children whom he loved as his own: John Rowden and wife Debra of Grapeland, James Rowden and wife Susan of Grapeland, and Martha Sims and husband Ronnie of Crockett.  He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Westen Klenk, Blayne Klenk, and Samantha Klenk, all of Madisonville, Jeremy Rowden and wife Misti of Bullard, Christy Boyd and husband Russell of Buffalo, Jamie Salmon of Norfold, Va., Tammy Denney and husband Marty of Elkhart, Terri Smith and husband Daniel of Grapeland, and Krystal Atkins of Lewisville; sixteen great-grandchildren who all called him “Papa.” Earl loved his family above all else but had many interests.  He loved traveling, square dancing, bowling, gardening and working in his wood shop.

Earl’s grandsons served as pallbearers.

 Services were held at Bailey & Foster Chapel in Grapeland. Visitation was Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, from 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral is Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 at 10 a.m.. with a graveside service following at Davis Cemetery east of Grapeland.

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