Thomas Jeffrey Willis was born June 29, 1951 in Oak Hill, West Virginia to Audrey M. and TJ Willis. He peacefully slipped into heaven at his home surrounded by his loving wife and family on Tuesday September 18, 2018.
Thomas, affectionately known as Doc to many, received his early education in the public schools in Summerlee, West Virginia and Wilmington, Delaware. She graduated from Wilmington High School in Wilmington Delaware. Upon graduation he enlisted into the United States Army and served his country for over 15 years. While in the armed services, he furthered his military education serving as a Telecommunication Center Operation and Chemical Operation Specialist. He was honored with numerous awards and medals including the National Service Medal and Bronze Star Medal.
After serving his country faithfully, Thomas (Doc) was employed for many years by Bank of America, Inc. and Comcast Cellular Services. His last place of employment prior to his illness was with Dunn Transportation Services. It was during his tenure at Dunn’s Transportation where he met his wife, Samantha. They were joined in Holy Matrimony on March 6, 2010 and became inseparable. Thomas was a loving husband, caring father and Pop Pop as his grands all called him.
He is well known for his patient and gentle spirit and most of all his love for God. Thomas gave his life to the Lord and became a faithful member of Victorious Faith Christian Worship Center. He loved the Lord and could always be seen praising God and singing with all of his heart. His favorite song was “I won’t complain”. When he could not make it to church, we brought the church with him and up until he took his last breath, he could be found singing and waving his hands to the Lord.
In his early years, he enjoyed playing and coaching basketball. His favorite pass times was listening to music, watching his westerns and action movies, and attending church. He also found joy in learning to play the keyboard and his “Jam sessions” with the music and ministry staff of Hospice. Thomas made an impact on everyone he came in contact with. His strong faith and perseverance through his illness was testimony to everyone he met. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Audrey M. and TJ Willis, two brothers, Aubrey and Jon Willis and several Aunts and Uncles.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife Samantha Willis, son Darnell D. Martin and daughter Sheilette Hall, one adopted God daughter who he adored, Ciara Watson and two children through marriage, Timothy Robinson and Breanna Johnson. One brother, William D. Willis, six sisters; Emma Phares, Marelene Willis, Andrea Johnson, Mary Bolden, and Audrey B. Willis all from Delaware and Brenda Bowman from Chicago IL.; three grandchildren, Alexandra Lizotte, Janyia Lee and Jacier Robinson all from Delaware, two aunts Leatha Charles of Chicago, IL and Arlene Banks of McKees Rock, PA; one uncle, Uncle Spud (Seaborn WIllis) of Salem, OR and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.