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James Lonnie Willis

23 March, 194726 June, 2021
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James Lonnie Willis, 74, passed away on Saturday, June 26, 2021 after a lengthy illness. A Celebration of his life will be held on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. at Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Bass Road. Rev. Len Woodard will officiate. The family will greet friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, 1349 W. Peachtree St., NE STE 1800, Atlanta GA 30309.

Lonnie was born in Macon, Georgia. He was preceded in death by his father, James Willis and mother and stepfather, Martha and Andrew Durr. He served his country in the United States Navy during Vietnam War. Lonnie served thirty-eight years in Law Enforcement with Macon PD, Bibb County Sheriff's Department and Monroe County Sheriff's Department, retiring as a Sergeant. He was a member of the FOP Lodge, and was a member of Ole Street Racers Club. Lonnie enjoyed racing and driving fast cars and motorcyles. He was a gifted artist and woodworker. Lonnie was a member and Deacon of Rocky Creek Baptist Church in Forsyth. He was a devoted and loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and uncle.

He is survived by his children, Kelli (Keith) Wilder of Macon, Brant (Amy) Willis of Macon, Chad (Paige) Willis of Juliette, Casey Willis, (fiancé Francis) of Sarasota, grandchildren, Brittany Pratts, Gunner Yonce, Josey Yonce, Navy Yonce, Cole Willis, Taylor Willis, Paisley Willis and Rhodes Dean, five great grandchildren, siblings, Karen Yarbrough (Tripp), Andi Mitchell (Ray), Drew Durr (Julia), Mike Willis (Tammy) and Sheree Guido (John) and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visit www.snowsmacon.com to express condolences. Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Bass Road has charge of the arrangements.

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Jerry Adams

29 June 2021

I have known Lonnie since High School, this is a shock to me, and I personally will miss him.

John & Deborah Groves

29 June 2021

We shared a lifetime of memories. Boogie Bikes in the 70's was absolutely the most fun job I ever had. Over the years our friendship & love grew. So many fond memories I hope to share in the coming days as we celebrate your life. Trying to express our love & friendship in just a few lines is an impossible task. We definitely could write a best seller for sure. Your legacy will live on through your precious children & lifelong friends. Deb said that when she thinks of you she is reminded of an old movie called Walking Tall. You were a lawman that always walked tall & you definitely carried more than one big stick. We treasure your friendship & will always carry your love in our hearts.

Chadwick Simpson

29 June 2021

Such a loving and thoughtful family...always there for Lonnie. He would often say, I sure am glad my sons and daughters are there for me. They always had such wonderful Father's Days and other holidays together. I am sure they will miss that?

Chief Lewis Cazenave

29 June 2021

Precious in the sight of The Lord is the death of His saints. Well done, good and faithful servant. We are eternally grateful for your service to God and mankind. We will miss you so much.

Ruel Pitts

29 June 2021

Sorry to here of his passing. Prayers are with all of his family.

Stevie Stevens

28 June 2021

Rest In Peace my brother. You will be greatly missed but your work here on earth was done. Praying for peace for your family. Enjoyed the short time we worked together and the guidance you were always willing to share.

mary broadnax

28 June 2021

Lonnie was one of our good old friends and a great person. R.I.P

Angelia Chambers

28 June 2021

Lonnie and my husband, David Chambers, Sr. worked together at Macon Police Dept. They were great friends. Lonnie was a very talented person and was very helpful to my husband. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.

Angelia Chambers

Wayne Hamlin

28 June 2021

Lonnie was a lifelong friend. During his time in the hospital and now after his passing I have relived so many memories of our time together. He was an such a part of my high school days as well our senior years, reliving memories and making new ones. My only consolation is that I will see him again one day. I miss him terribly.

Harry Lucas

28 June 2021

Lonnie was one of the most thoughtful friends I have ever had. His loyalty to his Family & Friends is always the true mark of a person. This is a hard one to lose.
I will miss him terribly.
Harry Lucas

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Biography

James Lonnie Willis, 74, passed away on Saturday, June 26, 2021 after a lengthy illness. A Celebration of his life will be held on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. at Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Bass Road. Rev. Len Woodard will officiate. The family will greet friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, 1349 W. Peachtree St., NE STE 1800, Atlanta GA 30309.

Lonnie was born in Macon, Georgia. He was preceded in death by his father, James Willis and mother and stepfather, Martha and Andrew Durr. He served his country in the United States Navy during Vietnam War. Lonnie served thirty-eight years in Law Enforcement with Macon PD, Bibb County Sheriff's Department and Monroe County Sheriff's Department, retiring as a Sergeant. He was a member of the FOP Lodge, and was a member of Ole Street Racers Club. Lonnie enjoyed racing and driving fast cars and motorcyles. He was a gifted artist and woodworker. Lonnie was a member and Deacon of Rocky Creek Baptist Church in Forsyth. He was a devoted and loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and uncle.

He is survived by his children, Kelli (Keith) Wilder of Macon, Brant (Amy) Willis of Macon, Chad (Paige) Willis of Juliette, Casey Willis, (fiancé Francis) of Sarasota, grandchildren, Brittany Pratts, Gunner Yonce, Josey Yonce, Navy Yonce, Cole Willis, Taylor Willis, Paisley Willis and Rhodes Dean, five great grandchildren, siblings, Karen Yarbrough (Tripp), Andi Mitchell (Ray), Drew Durr (Julia), Mike Willis (Tammy) and Sheree Guido (John) and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visit www.snowsmacon.com to express condolences.
Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Bass Road has charge of the arrangements.