Obituary – Jeff Willis

Apr 22nd, 2021 | By | Category: News, Obituaries

Jeffery Keith “Jeff” Willis, a resident of Belfast, TN, passed away Thursday, April 8th, 2021, at the age of 56. Funeral services were held Sunday, April 11th, at Jeffcoat Funeral Home in Tallassee, AL, with Rev. Todd Smith officiating. Burial followed in Carrville Cemetery. Jeff was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Willis. He is survived by his mother, Mary DeAnna Willis; son, Zachary Willis; daughter, Taylor Willis (Chad) Hunter; sister, Amanda Willis (Tim) Brice; brother, Barry (Laura) Willis; granddaughter, Meredith Price Hunter; niece, Charlotte Willis; special friend, Nancy Lynn Greene; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Jeff was born November 7, 1964, in Tallassee, AL. He grew up in Alabaster, AL, where he was a 1982 graduate of Thompson High School. While at Thompson, he played on two state championship football teams, kicking the winning field goal in one of those games. He continued his love of football, playing at Auburn University and Jacksonville State University before joining his father, Ken, as a professional Walking Horse trainer. Jeff and Ken trained many champions in Alabama and Tennessee including Copy’s Evil Spirit, Pride’s Lady Ann, Pride’s Sunrise, Impressive Sunrise, Sunrise Que Sera Sera, The Dixie Lineman, Portrait Of Art, Main Majorette, Cash’s Baby Girl, Winning Candidate, Extra Good Looking, Jazz’s Blue Note, How Bout Ya Cash, He’s All Jacked Up, Bella Sera at the Ritz, Armed Lady, He’s Hot As Fire, Nite Doctor, Doc Of The Day, Sunrise Hammerin Hank, General Gunn, Mark Zone, Straight Line, Slam’s Grand Performance, and Gold Poison. He was a popular horse show judge and was honored to officiate at the 2011 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. An accident forced Jeff to retire from horse training in 2016, but he continued his passion for football. He was the offensive coordinator for Liberty School for eight seasons. There will be a Celebration of Life Service remembering Jeff Willis on Sunday, May 2nd, from 2:00-5:00 pm at the Belfast Horse Show Grounds. Casual dress in encouraged as it will be a great day sharing memories together of Jeff. Please message Nancy Lynn Greene any special stories or pictures of Jeff that you would like to share. The Scoop send our condolences to Jeff’s family and friends.


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