Thomas Robert "Tommy" Willis, age 59 of Sigmon St. passed away Sunday, May 22, 2016 at his residence. He was born on August 15, 1956 in Cleveland County to the late Ralph Wayne and Peggy Adams Willis. Tommy was a member of New Life Outreach in Shelby. He was formerly employed with Doran Mills and later with Gaston Industries. He was an avid fisherman, huntsman, outdoorsman, and a member of the NRA. He was a wonderful man and loved his family.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Billy Wayne Willis.
Survivors include his wife, Catherine Wray Willis; daughters, Denise Hahn and husband, Dan of Springhill, TN, Debbie Sorenson of Cherryville, and Tonya Rebecca Willis of Cherryville; sister, Becky Smith and husband, Roger of Lawndale; grandchildren, Jennifer Plamback, Travis Plamback, Aaron Hahn, Christian Hahn, Amanda Sorenson, Alexandra Smith (Jason), Ryan Sorenson (Kristen), Harley Hendrix (Luke Rice), and Thomas Hendrix; and great grandchildren, Cameron Goins, Rilyn Smith, Wyatt Sorenson, and Jasper Willis-Rice.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 4:00 PM at Carpenter's Funeral & Cremation Services with Rev. Jerry Owens officiating. Burial will be private at a later date. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 2:30 to 3:45 PM prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to New Life Outreach, 2502 Taylor Rd, Shelby, NC 28150 or Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Dr. Shelby, NC 28150.