Willis Taylor Finley (2/12/1928 - 4/11/2018)

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Willis Taylor Finley, age 90, passed away in Tyler, Texas on April 10, 2018. He was born in Independence County, Arkansas on February 12, 1928 to Clyde Finley, Sr. and Myrtle Opal Finley. While stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base he met the love of his life, Rachel Faith Glasscock, at Winfield United Methodist Church. They were married in 1958.

He graduated from Newport High School in Newport, Arkansas in 1945. In 1946 he joined the United States Army Air Force, which became the United States Air Force. He served his country for 26 years, retiring in 1975 with the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. He began a second career with the University of Texas at Austin Petroleum Extension Service. He served as a Programs Coordinator and later as the director of the Petroleum Extension Training Center in Kilgore, Texas until 1986.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Longview, Texas, where he and his wife Rachel were members of the Newnham Sunday School Class. In retirement he and Rachel enjoyed traveling while researching genealogy. He was a member of the Gregg County Genealogy Society. He also volunteered at the Longview Senior Citizens Center.

He is survived by his brother and sister, Bernell Finley of Searcy, Arkansas and Francis Charping of Bald Knob, Arkansas; his brother-in-law Dewey Glasscock of Little Rock, Arkansas; his children, David and Linda Finley of Plano, Texas and Jet and Carol Schuler of Tyler, Texas; his grandchildren Kate Finley, Rebecca Finley, Andrea Schuler and Mary Day Schuler; and nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife; his sisters, Bernice Stephens and Arlene Hodges, and his parents.

Graveside services will be on Monday, April 16, 2:00 at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander, Arkansas. There will be a family conducted memorial service at First United Methodist Church in Longview, Texas on Wednesday, April 18 at 11:00. The family will host a reception immediately following the memorial service.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 400 N. Fredonia St., Longview, TX 75601.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Apr. 13, 2018
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