John Franklin Willis, III, of Russellville, passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at Capital Region Medical Center.
He was born August 17, 1967, in Jefferson City, the son of John Franklin Willis, Jr. and Ruby Jean Fuller Birch.
He was united in marriage on May 12, 2001, in Warsaw, Missouri to Cynthia Leigh Fugate who survives at the home.
John worked for several years as an over-the-road truck driver. He attended St. Michael Catholic Church in Russellville and was a member of the Moose Lodge. In his earlier years he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed working on his truck and mowing the lawn. His greatest love was spending time with his family especially his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Cynthia Willis, Russellville; his mother, Ruby J. Fuller Birch, Eldon, MO; four children, Stephanie White, St. Louis; William Willis, Steedman, MO; Anthony Pitts Fugate, Russellville; Kimberly Willis, Jefferson City; seven grandchildren, Sean Baumli, Frankie Woodward, Ellie Pitts Fugate, Nora Willis, Cristian Willis, Nova Willis, Alisa Mashaney; two siblings, Eveleen (Ken) Stevens, Jefferson City; Bradley Shane Willis, St. Roberts; mother-in-law, Sylvia Fugate, Warsaw; one niece, Megan Willis; one nephew, Daniel Stevens; and other extended family members.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Willis, Jr.; step-father, Gene Birch; father-in-law, Frank Fugate; maternal grandparents; Leo and Christine Fuller; and paternal grandparents, John and Roxie Willis.
Visitation will be 1:30-3 p.m. Sunday, June 9, 2019, at St. Michael Catholic Church in Russellville with a prayer service at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Msgr. Robert A Kurwicki officiating.
Burial will be in Big Rock Cemetery in Barnett.
Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association or to the American Diabetes Association.
Scrivner-Morrow Funeral Homes in Russellville is in charge of the arrangements.
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