March 18, 1952 ~ November 1, 2021

Born in: Louisville , IL
Resided in: Anderson, IN

Barry “Joe” Willis, age 69, of Anderson, passed away at home on November 1, 2021 surrounded by his loving family after a sudden battle with cancer. He was born on March 18, 1952 to Aden and Vella Willis.

Joe served in the United States Navy and was a proud Vietnam veteran. He worked at General Motors and then became self employed as a tree-trimmer and painter. His main hobby in life was spending time with his family as much as he could. He enjoyed being outdoors, fishing, poker nights with family, and watching Nascar and football. He would do anything for anyone. He was a wonderful dad, grandpa, son, brother, and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Joe is survived by his wife of 26 years, Brenda Willis; children Heather Carpenter (Brad), Barry “BJ” Willis, Amy Willis (Sam Nail), Christina Willis, Tammy Bowen, Timothy “Timmy” Bowen (Pam), and Bobby Bowen; grandchildren Amanda, Cole, Brooke, Jessica, Alaina, Brianna, Adrian, Barry Jacob, Johnny Jr., Trevor, Wyatt, Novalee, Donnie, Ronnie, Devin, and Natasha; great-grandchildren Paxton, Mila, Indy, Craig, Bryan, Rowan, Elsie, Lealani, Daniella, Johnny III, Malachi, Renesmae, and Luca; father Aden Willis; companion Barbara; siblings Roger Willis, Dennis Willis (Debbie), Bonita Hervey (Eddie), and Lita Willis; and several nieces and nephews.

Joe is preceded in death by his mother Vella Willis, and siblings Diana Magers and Linda Bair.

A visitation will be held on Friday November 5, 2021 from 11-1pm with a funeral service beginning at 1pm at Legacy Cremation and Funeral Service – Anderson. Burial will take place at East Maplewood Cemetery. Pastor Richard Gregg will be officiating.

A Fellowship Lunch will be held at Central Community Chapel following graveside services at Maplewood Cemetery.


Visitation: November 5, 2021 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Legacy - Anderson
504 W. Ninth St.
Anderson, IN 46016

Funeral Service: November 5, 2021 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Legacy - Anderson
504 W. Ninth St.
Anderson, IN 46016

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  1. May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will be here to walk beside you in your journey of grief.

    Eddie Beagles and the staff of Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services

  2. Safe in the Fathers arms as he enjoys hugging his mother again catching up on years of being away from her love . May his family find Peace on this side of heaven ..later Brother Joe signed Cindy Gray

  3. Rest in heaven Joe I am proud to have called you my friend. I know you will be missed by everyone who knew you. God Bless

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