Services for Lottie Mae Harvey Wills, 97, of Tyler will be held on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Stewart Family Funeral Home with the Rev. Johnny Beard and the Rev. Daniel Allen officiating.
Burial will follow in Liberty Hill Cemetery in Tyler under direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.
Mrs. Wills passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family members, on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Tyler.
She was born Feb. 12, 1916, in Tyler to Cicero Lake and Molly Alice Redding Harvey. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Wills was preceded in death by her husband, John Jake Clayton Wills Sr.; and sons, Danny and George Wills.
Lottie was a member of Green Acres Baptist Church. She was previously a member of Colonial Hills Baptist Church where she was an active member of their mission team and organizes Wednesday night supper meals.
Mrs. Wills served 35 years as a lunch manager for the Tyler public schools.
Widowed in 1952 with five children to raise, she persevered, relying on her strong faith and love for God. She always credited her Lord, her family, her church family and various community organizations in helping to raise her children.
She is survived by her loving family including daughter, Velletta Wills Shaw, husband Ed Shaw, of Leeds, Ala; sons, John Jake Wills Jr.; Butch Wills and wife Kathy Wills, of Tyler; daughter-in-law, Ann Wills, of Tyler; grandchildren, Clay, Caleb, Taylor, Maggie and Shelby Wills, Jason and John Shaw, Kristi Gibson, Kari Jones, Susanne Patterson; and nine great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Clay Wills, Caleb Wills, Taylor Wills, Ethan Wills, Jason Shaw, John Durham, Bill Durham, David Ginn and Jim Durham.
Honorary pallbearers will be longtime friend, Tom Utz, and grandson, Master Chief John Shaw, U.S. Navy, on active duty aboard the USS Harry S. Truman.
Visitation is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, at Stewart Family Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Highway, in Tyler.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Feb. 6, 2014