J. S. Willis Cemetery

J. S. WILLIS CEMETERY

Documented October 21, 2005 by Irene Gotte, Lois Wallace, and Deana Whitner.

(Note: Jim Wallace also provided us with an update on Nov. 12, 2005, of the data previously recorded by Jesse Stewart in 1981.)

 

Directions to cemetery: Follow the John Flannagan Dam Road (Rt. 739) to stop sign at Rt. 611, then a short turn left on Blowing Rock Road, then a right. You will see a sign with J.S. Willis Chapel.

(Not responsible for transcription errors.)

There are a lot of unmarked graves in this cemetery, and a big concrete stone on which the writing illegible.

According to an interview with Vicey Mullins Stewart, granddaughter of both Pound Sol and Thursey, conducted by Jesse Stewart on Nov. 12, 1980, Solomon Mullins "Pound Sol" is buried in this cemetery in an unmarked grave. (He was born in 1813, and died 24 Nov 1914.) And Thursey Wallace Mullins is also buried here in an umarked grave. (She was born 4 Jun 1835, and died 25 Apr 1882.)

One of the oldest marked graves in this cemetery is that of James Frank Wallace. He was born in 1833. Next in age would have been Johnathan S. Willis, who was born in 1859, then Delila Childress in 1866, and Jasper Mullins in 1866.

A list of Veterans is listed on a stone monument with the American flag. Their names are:

Willie Caudill

Leonard Mullins

Leonard Willis

Henry Ray Willis

Napoleon Willis

Cecil Hay

Beldon Burchett

Homer Willis

 

Listings in alphabetical order:

Double Stone

Adkins, Bertha

June 13, 1941

Adkins, Mark Dempsey

Feb. 28, 1921

Apr. 14, 1993

Gone to be with a friend.

 

Blair, Lois

Jan. 30, 1942

Jan. 30, 1942

Gone to a better land

 

Burchett, Altie M.

Jan. 6, 1923

Jan. 6, 1923

From Mothers Arms To The Arms Of Jesus.

 

Inspiration to all who knew him

Burchett, Beldon

Sept. 19, 1922

Jan. 2, 1984

Eternal Love

Military foot stone:

Beldon Burchette

CM3 US Navy

1922-1984

 

Burchett, Canton

Feb. 27, 1924

Aug. 10, 1925 (or 1929)

Gone To Be An angel

 

Double Stone

Burchette, G.W (George)

Born Mar. 2, 1871

Died July 17, 1951

Minty Burchette

(Full name Arminta. She was the daughter of Volentine Sykes.)

Born Feb. 22, 1881

Died Mar. 3, 1971

May He Rest In Peace. Meet Me In Heaven.

(Also has Father and Mother written over their names.)

 

Burchett, Ronald Dean

1949-1949

The Lord Is My Shepherd

Gone To A Brighter Home.

 

Burchette Turner

Jan. 5 (or 15), 1900

Aug. 24, 1940 (or 1949)

Age 40 yrs. 7 mos. 9 days

He Was Faithful To Every Duty.

 

Burnett, Anna Lee

May 10, 1931

Feb. 4, 1996 (or 1998)

Peace I Leave With You. John 14:27

 

Caudill, Cecil

Oct. 6, 1957

Jan. 25, 1991

A Devoted Husband And Father.

 

Caudill, Willie

Feb. 23, 1926

Sept. 23 (or 25), 1967

Meet Me In Heaven.

 

Childress, ______

Aug. 19, 1951

Aug. 22, 1957

 

Childress, Delila

Wife of Wesley Childress

Born Feb. 16, 1866

Died Mar. 30, 1913

 

Childers, Lemuel

1902-1957

(Son of Wesley Childress and Delila Branham Childress)

 

Clevinger, Clay

July, 24, 1923

Aug. 27, 1929

From Mothers Arms To The Arms Of Jesus.

 

Clevinger, Lizzie

April 3, 1890

Dec. 29, 1959

 

Colley, June (Handy)

Feb. 8, 1910

June15, 1983

 

Colley, Leon

April 23, 1921 - April 23, 1921

Son of Howard Colley

 

Colley, Osie Anale

April 16, 1938

July 19, 1938

 

Counts, Mazie

Feb. 4, 1920

Dec. 5, 1972

Gone But Not Forgotten

Foot Stone: Wallace

(Daughter of Beverley Leander Clark Wallace)

 

Counts, Ollie Lyall

Aug. 12, 1916

July 9, 1974

In My Father’s House Are Many Mansions.

Foot Stone: Ollie L.P.N.

 

Counts, Ollie M. Willis

Dec. 1, 1901

Dec. 6, 1988

Meet Me In Heaven

 

Evans, Troy Lee

Aug. 6. 1963

Mar. 3, 2001

Gone But Not Forgotten Only God Knows Why.

 

Fields, Robert Dale

Oct. 31, 1958

May 13, 2001

Safely Home In Heaven At Peace in God’s Care.  

 

Double Stone

Fleming, Ida B.

Sept. 13, 1904

June 30, 1998

Fleming, J. Calvin

Nov. 10, 1910

Apr. 19, 1976

Married Feb. 28, 1941

 

Griffey, Hobert

(Son-in-law of Dawyer Wampler)

1943-2004 (Funeral Home Marker)

 

Hall, Ben Jr.

June 15, 1942

June 15, 1942

Gone So Soon. (Our Darling Baby written on top of stone)

 

Hall, Bessie

1897- 1960

 

Hall, Denver

Nov. 17, 1955

Nov. 17, 1955

 

Hall, Jane

(Concrete stone, Miller Funeral Home of Clintwood. No dates)

 

Hall, Joan

Mother

Nov. 25, 1928

Sept. 20, 1975

May You Forever Be Cradled In Gods Loving Arms.

Dau., Sons, Grandchildren

 

Hall, John M.

1932-1973

 

Hall, John Morgan

1900-1984

 

Hall, Lonzo

June 13, 1927

Sept. 25, 1967

Beloved One, Farewell

 

Hall, Margaret

(Funeral Home Marker)

1914-2000

 

Hall, Rebal Gay

1945-1945

Darling We Miss TheeHall, Jerry

1904-1995

 

Double Stone

Hall, Selma

April 20, 1937

Hall, G. W. (George)

Sept. 27, 1917

April 25, 1996

Wed Aug. 16, 1952

In Loving Memory

 

Double Stone

Hall, Sol

4-3-1880

11-28-1952

Hall, Rutha

8-30-1900

6-3-1992

God Gives Life To Man, Death Is Part Of Life.  

 

Double Stone

Hay, Cecil

Mar. 14, 1922

May 1, 1998

Hay, Lexie B.

Nov. 18, 1927

Military foot stone

Cecil Hay

U.S. Army

World W II

Mar. 14, 1922

May 1, 1998

 

Isom, Terry

(This was a rock marker. I could not make out the rest, but apparently he died in 19??)

 

In Memoriam

Jones, Gladys E.

Mar. 23, 1933

Mar. 29, 1933

A Little Bud Of Love To Bloom With God Above.

 

Large, Alta

Feb. 12, 1918

Mar. 23, 1918

From Mother’s Arms To The Arms Of Jesus

 

Large, Ida

Jan. 13, 1891

Feb. 2, 1931

Tho Lost To Sight, To Memory Dear

 

Large, Johnny D.

May 3, 1952

Aug. 17, 1952

 

Double Stone

Large, Johnny R.

May 10, 1928

Large, Evelyn Geraldine

Oct. 22, 1925 (or1928)

May 9, 2004

 

Large, Rickey T.

July 23, 1953

Sept. 14, 1953

 

In Memory of

Large, William Thomas

1892, 1944

Age 52

 

Layne, Dennis

Sept. 8, 1959

Nov. 22, 1959

 

Leonard, Earnest R.

Son of Hazel Mullins

Oct. 31, 1948

Dec. 8, 2004

Loving Brother

 

Lyall, Aaron

1884-1923

(This is a concrete stone can barely make out the writing.)

 

Lyall, Lou

(Concrete marker)

1895-1917

 

Lyall, Meridth

Dec. 10, 1891

Mar. 29, 1924

 

Lyall, Patton

1881

April 13, 1906

 

Double Stone

Mullins, Arvil R.

___

Mullins, Judy P.

1897-1960

Rest In Peace

 

Mullins, Betty Lou

(Funeral Home Marker)

1944-2004

 

Mullins, Claudie

June 19, 1935

Oct. 10, 1936

Gone But Not Forgotten

Son of Mr. & Mrs. Claudie Mullins 

 

Mullins, Clayton

Feb. 26, 1929

Oct. 10, 1935 (or 1953)

 

Mullins, Clifford

1915-1937

Rest In Peace

 

Double Stone

Mullins, Dewey

(Son of Tom and Martha Mullins of Grassey Creek, Pike Co., KY. His full name was George Dewey Mullins.)

May 7, 1898

May 3, 1989

Mullins, Lizzie

(Maiden name Childress)

Feb. 16, 1891

Sept. 27, 1976

 

Double Stone

Mullins, Edith

July 3, 1915

May 6, 1985

Mullins, Claudie

Nov. 12, 1907

Dec. 14, 1988

Mother Married Father Dec. 31, 1929

In God We Trust

 

Mullins, Earnest

Aug. 24, 1926

Aug. 24, 1926

Budded On Earth To Bloom In Heaven.

 

Mullins, Ed

Dec. 20, 1907

June 12, 1936

 

Mullins, Eula

Born & Died

July 17, 1924

Our Darling

 

Mullins, Evins

July 13, 1914

Oct. 26, 1998

Gone Away With A Friend

 

Mullins, Gladis (Gladys)

April 17, 1919

Jan. 22, 1920

Gone But Not Forgotten.

 

Mullins, Guy

Sept. 16, 1958

Nov. 12, 2000

 

Mullins, H. M.

Died Aug. 25, 1887

 

Mullins, Hazel

April 12, 1911

April 29, 1983

An Inspiration To All Who Knew Her 

 

Mullins, Hillar

Son of Evans & Maxie Mullins

Oct. 8, 1937

Dec. 8, 1937

A Little Time On Earth He Spent Till God For Him His Angel Sent.

 

Mullins, Howard W.

1911-1976

 

Double Stone

Mullins, Ibby Jane

1869-1955

 

Mullins, Ilene

1922-1929

The daughter of Fred & Cloie Mullins

(Ilene died in a house fire)

 

Mullins, James P.

1870-1947

Rest In Peace

 

Mullins, Jasper

1866-1924

 

Mullins, Josephine

Wife of Wiley

Jan. 29, 1880

Feb. 22, 1969

Dear Mother By The Grace Of God, We Pray To Meet You In Heaven.

 

Mullins, Junior

Jan. 27, 1927

Jan. 27, 1927

Darling We Miss Thee.

 

Double Stone

Mullins, Leonard D.

Mar. 28, 1922

Apr. 2, 1989

Mullins, Sophia B.

Feb. 7, 1926

Oct. 16, 1997

Military Stone

PFC US army

World War II

1922-1989

(Has heart in middle with Sophia and Dock)

 

Double Stone

Mullins, Leonard W.

1948-

Mullins, Linda V.

1949-1992

Our Devoted Father Our Loving Mother

When We All Get To Heaven

(Has heart in middle with Jody & Linda.)

 

Mullins, Lorene

Daughter of Evans & Maxie Mullins

Aug. 26, 1956

Aug. 27, 1956

Jesus Gather The Kids For Heaven

 

Mullins, Maggie

1905-1907

 

Mullins, Maxie

June 30, 1916

May 7, 2003

Loving Mother

 

Double Stone

Mullins, Lula

Nov. 12, 1892

Dec. 27, 1965

Mullins, Nolen

Aug. 4, 1906

Oct. 16, 1992

Asleep In Jesus

 

Mullins, Nova

1917 - 1918

(Daughter of Arvil R. and Judy Mullins)

 

Mullins, Odna Kar

Born and Died

July 7, 1950

How Soon Fades A Tender Flower

 

Mullins, Pansy E.

(Bailey Funeral Home marker no date on marker)

 

Mullins, Patton

Nov. 16, 1901

Mar. 11, 1933

At Rest

 

Mullins, Pebble W.

Mar. 30, 1923

May 1, 1995

 

Mullins, Ray Aranton

Sept. 22, 1937

July 20, 1938

Gone But Not Forgotten

Son of Mr. & Mrs. Claudie Mullins

 

Mullins, Shirley Ann

1944-1950

One More Angel In Heaven

 

Mullins, Ted

Son of

Evans & Maxie Mullins

Feb. 9, 1950

June 23, 1957

God needed one more angel child midst his shining band and he came down with a loving smile and clasped little Ted’s hand.

 

Mullins, Terry Isom

Died 1922

 

Mullins, Van

1903-1920

 

Mullins, Wiley

Born June 5, 1876

Died Jan. 29, 1938

Dear Father By The Grace Of God We Pray To Meet You In Heaven.

{Never Forgotten}

 

Potter, Dallas

(Funeral Marker)

1931-2004

 

Double Stone

Potter, Ivel

1956-

Potter, Denver D.

1954-1981

 

Potter, Vertie Lee

Apr. 16, 1932

Dec. 26, 1991

Gone But Not Forgotten

 

Raines, Edward Neal

Aug. 5, 1938

May 18, 1939

Of Such Is The Kingdom Of Heaven.

 

Rakes, Fonta Mae

May 18, 1916

Dec. 24, 1935

What Hopes Have Perished With You, My Son.

 

Rakes, John Henry

Nov. 11, 1894

Dec. 29, 1956

Christ Is My Hope

 

Rakes, Rebecca Willis

May 11, 1898

May 17, 1986

Christ Is My Hope.

 

Double Stone

Rice, Carma Mae

July 3, 1923

Sept. 20, 1992

Rice, Charlie

March 31, 1921

 

Rice, Delbert Lee

Dec. 13, 1957

June 5, 1977

(Has Son written on side)

 

Rice, Gary

March 10, 1954

Jan. 1, 1988

Gone But Not Forgotten. (Has coal truck on stone)

 

Double Stone

Rice, Melva Victoria

Oct. 10, 1935

Dec. 3, 1995

 

Rice, Burton “Boe”

Nov. 19, 1931

Nov. 1, 1997

Married Feb. 24, 1955

 

Rose, Floyd

May 10, 1907

Dec. 27, 1966

Not Lost But Gone On Before

 

Rose, Misty

1975

(Granddaughter of Floyd Rose)

 

Sexton, Deborah Jean

Nov. 5, 1960

May 26, 1996

 

Sexton, Kimberly

1986-1986

 

Sexton, Sharon Kay

1983-1983

 

Double Stone

Stanley, Billy Kyle

Sept. 3, 1953

Stanley, Delora Dee Dee

Dec. 30, 1955

Mar. 14, 2005

Truly an angel

Together We Are Complete

 

Concrete Marker

Stanley, H. B.

1895-1970

 

Stanley, Gary Kyle

May 18, 1916 - May 18, 1916

 

Stanley, Gary Kyle

Born & Died

Nov. 23, 1973

Gone to be an angel (Has Our Son at top of stone)

 

Stanley, John David

Born & Died

Aug. 11, 1975

Asleep in Jesus

Blessed Thought (Has Our Son at top of stone)

 

Stephens, Ardelia

(Daughter of James P. and Ibby Mullins)

Nov. 5, 1890

May 12, 1975

 

Stephens, Joseph Monroe

Aug. 11, 1901

Apr. 13, 1955


Stiltner, Fate

Apr. 29. 1899

Aug. 15, 1972

Resting In Hope Of A Glorious Resurection.

(Fate was a descendant from the first Stiltners of Buchanan County.) 

 

Stiltner, Florence

Feb. 16, 1897

Sept. 6, 1959

She Is At Rest With God.

 

Double Stone

Stiltner, Kennith

1935-1984

Stiltner, Virgie B.

1935

Married Sept.8, 1956

 

Swiney, George

Born 1906

Nov. 27, 1945

He Was The Sunshine Of Our Home.

 

Sykes, Charlie

(Second husband of June "Handy" Mullins)

April 13, 1953

April 26, 1958

At Rest

 

Wallace, Calep

(Son of Beverly C. Wallace)

Nov. 25, 1936

Apr. 22, 2002

 

Wallace, Beverly C.

Feb. 24, 1888

Dec. 25, 1961

Thy God Has Claimed Thee As His Own.

(Funeral home marker has Birth date as 1884)

 

Wallace, Bitha C.

Dec. 20, 1896

April 12, 1977

Thy God Has Claimed Thee As His Own.

 

Wallace, Curtis

Aug. 27, 1918

Dec. 12, 1977

Heaven Is Just A Scent Away.

 

Wallace, David

Son of Mart-Edna Wallace

Jan. 1, 1960

 

Double Stone

Wallace, Edna

May 8, 1921

June 13, 1994

Wallace, Mart

June 26, 1925

Dec. 28, 1996

Gone Away With A Friend.

 

Wallace, Hugh Eugene

(Son of Pebble Wallace Mullins)

June 9, 1945

Nov. 23, 1995

 

Wallace, Pvt. James Frank

(White military stone)

Co G 5 Tenn Cav CSA

1833 - 1909

 

Wallace, Lockie

Dau. of Edna & Curt Wallace

Dec. 13, 1937

Dec. 13, 1937

A Little Time On Earth She Spent, Till God For His Angel Sent.

 

Wallace, Kenneth K.

1920-1970

Rest Our Darling Until God Comes

 

Wallace, Kirby Lee

1959-1959

Son of Mr. & Mrs. Finden Wallace

 

Wampler, George

(Funeral Home marker)

1954-1993

 

Wells, Benjamin Daniel

Jan. 3, 1942 (or Jan. 30, 1946)

Apr. 29, 1947

Resting In Gods Hands.

 

Wells, Hobart

1921-1948

 

Wells, Steve

Oct. 12, 1946

Jan. 2, 1947

 

Double Stone

Willis, Autta

June 7, 1923

Sept. 16, 1996

Willis, Ival

July 31, 1920

June 2, 2004

Wed Nov. 25, 1940

 

Willis, Claudia

Oct. 27, 1906

Nov. 23, 1927

It Was Hard Indeed To Part With Thee, But Christ’s Strong Arms Supported Me.

 

Willis, Clovis C.

July 10, 1933

July 2 , 1999

 

Willis, Delbert

Feb. 16, 1902

June 13, 1932

 

Willis, Edith

(Has Daughter written on top)

Nov. 1, 1941

Dec. 23, 1941

Little Angel

(Daughter of Nelson Willis and Lousinda Yates Willis)

 

Double Stone

Willis, Edna S.

1917-2002

Willis, Oliver

1912-1999

 

Double Stone

Willis, Estes

Apr. 16, 1910

Jan. 3, 1983

Willis, Kelsie

June 11, 1910

May 7, 1983

Precious Lord Take Me Home.

 

Willis, Esteline

May 12, 1931

Aug. 15, 1932

Darling We Miss Thee

 

Willis, Homer

1922-1988

Military Stone

Homer Willis

SN US Navy

World W II

1922-1988

 

Double Stone

Willis, Johnathon S. (Syphers)

Jan. 18, 1859

Oct. 5, 1938

Nancy Willis

(Maiden name Vanover)

Nov. 13, 1871

Sept. 27, 1943

 

Willis, Kenneth

1920 - 1970

Double Stone

Willis, Lois

July 29, 1924

Willis, Ray

Oct. 3, 1925

June 29, 1993

Wed Oct. 13, 1945

(Ray son of Nelson and Lousinda Willis)

 

Double Stone

Willis, Loretta Lester

Oct. 1, 1940

Willis, Johnny Clay

Sept. 9, 1927

Nov. 16, 2001

Military Stone

PFC U.S. Army Korea

Sept. 9, 1927

Nov. 16, 2001

(Clay is the son of Nelson and Lousinda Willis)

 

Willis, Leonard M.

Virginia PFC

U.S. Army World War II

Oct. 3, 1921

Aug. 5, 1969

(Son of Nelson and Lousinda Willis)

 

Willis, Lousinda

March10, 1902

March 15, 1988

Precious Mother

(Daughter of William Henry Yates and Victoria Childress)

 

Willis, Napoleon

Nov. 27, 1895

Dec. 31, 1970

Rest In Peace

 

Willis, Nelson

June 13, 1904

July 9, 1973

Gone But Not Forgotten

 

Willis, Sinda May

Aug. 14, 1951

Jan. 8, 1954

Gone To Rest

(Daughter of Ray Willis and Lois)

He Died As He Lived A Christian. A Tender Mother And A Faithful Friend.   

 

Yates, Carl

Born

Apr. 9, 1915

Died

Oct. 23, 1916

From Mother’s Arms To The Arms Of Jesus.

(Carl is the son of William Henry Yates and Victoria Childress Yates)

 

Double Stone

Yates, Earl D.

1903-1979

Yates, Gusta A.

1910-1990

Rest in Peace

(Earl is the son of William Henry Yates and Victoria Childress)

(Gusta is the daughter of Reed Gilbert and Martha Jane Mullins)

 

Double Stone

Yates, Jess

1933-1997

Yates, June

1935-

(Jess is the son of Earl D. Yates and Gusta Gilbert)

 

Yates, Sharon Kay

1962-1962

 

Yates, Starling B.

March 1, 1939

March 16, 1946

Gone But Not Forgotten

(Son of Earl D. Yates and Gusta)

 

Yates, Victoria C. (Childress)

Dec. 29, 1884

July 7, 1923

Rest in Peace

( Victoria was the daughter of Wesley Childress and Delila Branham)

(C was not on the original stone, it is believed this stands for Childress)

 

Yates, William Henry

June 15, 1877

Oct. 9, 1940

Farewell Father, How We Miss You.

(Has Farewell over picture)

(Henry was the son of Thomas Scott Yates and Teny Rakes)

 

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