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Originally published: 2012-11-12 14:39:00
Last modified: 2012-11-12 14:41:42

Ann Bennett Willis

Ann Bennett Willis, 88, died peacefully on Nov. 10, 2012, at her home in Grandfather Mountain in Linville, after an extended illness. Willis was born Nov. 27, 1923, in Winston-Salem, the daughter of Paul Archer and Vera Early Bennett.
As a graduate of Hollins College, Willis received her degree in Greek and Latin studies. Upon graduation, she wrote the society column for the Winston-Salem Centinel called “ABSees”. On April 19, 1947, she married the love of her life, James Perry Willis. In addition to raising four children, Willis was involved in many community charities. She was an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem.
After retiring, the Willis' continued their interest in supporting their communities, and most importantly, their churches. As a follower of Christ, Willis began a women’s bible study in her home 40 years ago, which continues to meet today. She and Jim also started The Chapel in the Woods, presently known as The Chapel by the Lake at Grandfather.
Preceded in death by her husband, James Perry Willis and her sister, Mary Archer Bennett. Willis is survived by her children Ronnie Willis, Pink Willis, Mary Archer and Tom Vann, Jim and Happy Willis; as well as eight grandchildren, Brooks Tellekamp, Clay Turner, Elizabeth Turner, Ann Sheppard Turner, Kevin Parker, Sarah Elizabeth Vann, Bennett Willis, and Jimmy Willis.
A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, at Arbor Dale Presbyterian Church in Banner Elk. The family wishes to thank the many who loved and cared for her during her illness. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent in her name to Medi Home Hospice, 351 West Mitchell Street, Newland, N.C. 28657 or Young Life of the High Country, P.O. Box 209, Boone, N.C. 28607.
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Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland is serving the Willis family.

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