Kenneth Lee Willis (Floydada)

  • Born: October 3, 1927
  • Died: January 1, 2017
  • Location: Floydada, Texas

Moore-Rose Funeral Home

329 W California St
Floydada, TX 79235

Tel. (806) 983-2525

Tribute & Message From The Family


Kenneth Lee Willis, age 89, of Floydada, passed away in Lubbock on Sunday, January 1, 2017, surrounded by family and friends.

Kenneth was born October 3, 1927, in the Lakeview Community near Floydada to Henry Lee and Nina June Battey Willis. He graduated from Floydada High School in 1944, and from Texas Tech in 1949. He married Barbara Jean Landers on August 6, 1950 after dating only three months, and they celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary in 2016.

Kenneth was a lifelong farmer. He served on several Co-op boards and was active in 4-H club leadership for many years. Kenneth was named "Farmer of the Year" in 1976 by the Floyd County Soil and Water Conservation District. He was baptized in a horse tank at age 11, and he and Barbara were faithful members of First Baptist Church Floydada. Kenneth loved his family and the land. He was an avid fan of the Red Raiders, Lady Raiders, Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Rangers. He enjoyed woodworking, metal work, the Good Sam's RV Club, playing "84" dominoes with cherished friends, reading and being home.

He is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife and four children, Brenda Gayle Bowman (husband David) of Richmond, Karen Lea Sage (husband Dan) of Graham, Kenneth Edward Willis of Cheyenne Wyoming and Kristi Jean Lunday (husband David) of Decatur. Nine grandchildren include Shanna Rossetti, Kaci Garza, Heather Finney, Todd Bowman, Daniel Sage, Taylor Sage, Kyle Willis, Benjamin Lunday and Tanaya Lunday. He had seven great-grandchildren, Owen Rossetti, Grace Rossetti, Abraham Garza IV, Kennedy Garza, Elizabeth Finney, Theo Bowman, and Matthew Willis. Survivors also include two sisters, Nadine Pierce of Houston and Rena Turner of Duncan, Oklahoma.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at First Baptist Church in Floydada at 2:00 pm, following visitation at First Baptist Church from 12:30-1:30 pm. Interment will follow at the Lakeview Cemetery under the direction of Moore-Rose Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Floydada or the charity of your choice.