Photos from the Private Willis Grave Dedication

Gene Willis (Great Grandson), Tom Taylor (Southern Brigade Commander) Ronnie Roach (NC Division Chief of Staff), W. S. Jackson (Commander Cumberland Plough Boys), and Mike Willis (2nd Great Grandson)

Gene Willis (Great Grandson), Tom Taylor (Southern Brigade Commander) Ronnie Roach (NC Division Chief of Staff), W. S. Jackson (Commander Cumberland Plough Boys), and Mike Willis (2nd Great Grandson)

 

Posting of the Colors by Mack Eason & Link Campbell

Posting of the Colors by Mack Eason & Link Campbell

 

Faye Willis Madden delivers message on the Willis family.  Commander Jackson stands nearby.

Faye Willis Madden delivers message on the Willis family. Commander Jackson stands nearby.

 

Honor Guard Stands Ready

Honor Guard Stands Ready

 

Ronnie Roach delivers the Inspirational Message with Link Campbell, Mack Eason, and Greg Maxwell in the background

Ronnie Roach delivers the Inspirational Message with Link Campbell, Mack Eason, and Greg Maxwell in the background

Unveiling of the Stone by Mack Eason and Link Campbell

Unveiling of the Stone by Mack Eason and Link Campbell

 

Gene Willis and Grandsons place the Wreath

Gene Willis and Grandsons place the Wreath

 

Grave Marker for Isaac Sims Willis with the Colors

Grave Marker for Isaac Sims Willis with the Colors

 

Honorary Volley fired by Honor Guard (includes Ploughboys Dwight Lovick, Ken Bell, and Mickey Broadwell)

Honorary Volley fired by Honor Guard (includes Ploughboys Dwight Lovick, Ken Bell, and Mickey Broadwell)

Link Campbell plays "Taps"

Link Campbell plays “Taps”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Private Isaac Sims Willis to be Honored

A grave dedication ceremony for Private Isaac Sims Willis will be held on October 13th at 2 p.m. at the Willis Family Cemetery. The Willis Family Cemetery is located in the northern part of Bladen County on Chickenfoot Road, just north of Pages Lake Road.

Isaac Sims Willis was born on May 11, 1815, the son of Jeremiah Willis (1798-1825) and Abigail Sims (1795-1872). He was a farmer in Bladen County until he enlist in the 8th North Carolina Senior Reserves on May 14, 1864. He originally served in Captain David Callihan’s Company, but transferred to Captain Neill McNeill’s Company on November 10, 1864. The 8th Senior Reserves main duty was to pursue conscripts.

Isaac Sims Willis married Flora Ann McArthur (1812-1905) on September 4, 1844. They had nine children: Francis Marion Willis (1844-1924), Susanna Willis (1847-1912), Thomas Jefferson Willis (1848-1907), Henrietta Willis (1849-1875), Isaac Newton Willis (1849-1851), Narcissa Willis (1851-1915), Mary Isabella Willis (1852-1927), and John Edwin Willis (1857-1916).

Great Grandson, Gene Willis and 2nd Great Grandson, Mike Willis have obtained and placed the marker.  The Willis Family cordially invites those who wish to honor this soldier and his family to attend the memorial service.