Willis, Kenneth Thomas, Sr.

Posted: Thu 2:34 PM, Jan 31, 2013
Funeral Home: J.C. Kirby & Son Lovers Lane Chapel
Kenneth Thomas Willis Sr. was born April 25, 1924, in Lexington and went home to be with his Savior on Jan. 30, 2013, at the Hospice Center at 8:40 a.m.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Maurice Willis and Martha Porter Willis; and two brothers, Maurice Willis and James Willis. He had a close and very meaningful relationship with his maternal grandfather, the late Dr. John W. Porter, who was a noted theologian of his day, author of three books, editor of the Western Recorder Newspaper, took part in the Scopes Trials, was a trustee of Georgetown College, and the person for whom Porter Memorial Baptist Church of Lexington is named.

Kenneth is survived by his wife of 63 years, Anita Holt Willis; and four children, Judith Thompson and Jan (Fred) Stickle, both of Bowling Green, Ken Jr. (Brigid) of Mentor, Ohio, and Keith Willis (Vanessa) of Greenville, Va. He also leaves behind nine grandchildren, Charlotte Elder (Michael) and Jacob Willis Stickle, both of Bowling Green, Jody Stickle of Nashville, Benjamin Stickle (Amy) of Louisville, Jennifer Willis of Wickliffe, Ohio, Travis and Patrick Willis of Mentor, Ohio, and David and Tiffany Willis of Matthews, N.C. There is one stepgrandchild, Danielle Shannon of Greenville, Va. “Papa Honey” also has five great-grandchildren, Emery and Caroline Stickle of Louisville and Bella, Reese, and Kate Elder of Bowling Green.

Ken graduated from Cleveland State University and The Stonier School of Banking at Rutgers University. After serving in the Army in Korea, he began his career in finance by working for the Federal Reserve of Cincinnati and Cleveland. He retired after 28 years as vice president of National City Bank of Cleveland.

Mr. Willis was a member of First Baptist Church of Bowling Green. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at J. C. Kirby and Son Lovers Lane Chapel. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with burial in Bowling Green Gardens.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to First Baptist Church, Eastwood Baptist Church or Hospice of Southern Kentucky.

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