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Raybun Willis, Adair County, KY native (1940 - 2012)

He was the patriarch of a large, respected family with deep roots in Adair and Green Counties of Kentucky as well as in his adopted Petersburg, Illinois. He leaves many relatives in Columbia and the South Central Kentucky area, and 16 direct living descendants. He was a farmer and a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Tallula. Illinois.
Raybun Willis, 72, of Petersburg, Illinois formerly of Columbia, KY passed away on Wednesday September 12, 2012 at his home. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 11amCT at the Hurley Funeral Home, 122 W Douglas Avenue, Petersburg, Illinois, with visitation one hour prior, 10am-11amCT. Burial will follow at White Cemetery in Tallula, Illinois.

Raybun Willis, formerly of Adair County, KY (1940 - 2012)

He was born on May 27, 1940, the son of Elmer and Cora Dye Willis of Adair County, KY. He died in Petersburg, Illinois on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, at the age of 72 years, 3 months, and 16 days.

He married Ruby Pike on January 12, 1962 in Greensburg, KY.

Raybun is survived by his wife Ruby, of Petersburg Illinois, and the following:
  • Four daughters: Rita (Greg) Lerch of Springfield, Illinois; Jenifer Willis of Springfield, Illinois; Mona (Mark) Stewart of Petersburg, Illinois; and Ami Carter of Petersburg, Illinois

  • Seven grandchildren

  • Five great grandchildren

  • Four sisters: Inez (Kenneth) Cox of Louisville, KY, and Dorlis Powell, Judy (Andrew) Burton, and Betty (Billy) Dial, all of Columbia, KY
He was preceded in death by his three brothers and three sisters.

Online memorial messages may be left for his family at Hurley Funeral Home, 122 W. Douglas Avenue, Petersburg, Illinois, is in charge of arrangements. Information in this obituary submitted by Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, 210 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY.

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