Willis Family from left to right: back row, Kent Shawver, Zach Shawver, Sam Shawver, Betsy Shawver-Brown, Brianne Willis, Brooke Willis and Matt Willis. front row, Lou Ann Shawver,Wanda Willis, Cleeland Willis, Letty Willis.
Matthew R. Willis
Matt Willis is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the states of Ohio and West Virginia. He and his wife, the former Letty Walker, are lifelong residents of Gallipolis. In 2001 they bought the funeral home from his parents Cleeland and Wanda Willis and became the owners. They have two daughters, Brianne and Brooke. Brianne is a RN/BSN residing in Ashland, Kentucky and Brooke is a RN/BSN residing in Ashland, Kentucky. Matt attended Rio Grande College and is a graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and Liberty University. Matt is a member of the Gallipolis Rotary Club. He and his family are members of the First Baptist Church in Gallipolis, where he has served as a deacon.
Kent M. Shawver
Kent M. Shawver is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the states of Ohio and West Virginia. He and his wife of 32 years, the former Lou Ann Willis, are life long residents of Gallipolis. They have three children: Betsy and her husband, Aaron Brown of Huntington, WV; two sons, Zach and his wife, Julie of Alliance, Ohio and Sam and his wife, Katie of Gallipolis. Kent attended Georgetown College and graduated from the Cincinnati School of Mortuary Science. Kent has been a 4-H advisor for the past 24 years and is active in the agricultual community of Gallia County. He is a member of the Childrens Services Board of Directors. He and his family are members of the First Baptist Church, where Kent serves as a member of the Board of Trustees.
Cleeland R. and Wanda Saunders Willis
Cleeland R. and Wanda Saunders Willis opened Willis Funeral Home in 1974. Prior to opening Willis Funeral Home, Cleeland worked for the Gallipolis State Institute as a licensed practical nurse. An Air Force veteran, Cleeland went back to school in 1969 to become a funeral director. Cleeland graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1972. Wanda Willis is a retired elementary school teacher, having taught over 30 years, which included 3 years in Cincinnati, Ohio while Cleeland was in college. Cleeland and Wanda are members of First Baptist Church in Gallipolis, Ohio. Cleeland is also a member of the Gallipolis Rotary Club. They have two children, a daughter Lou Ann Shawver, and a son Matthew Willis and five grandchildren.
Fred Morgan ia a life long resident of southern Ohio along with his wife, Jill and two daughters Kelly and Danielle. Fred is a 1986 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Fred has specialized in pre-planning funerals for the Willis Funeral Home for the over ten years. The number of families pre planning each year continues to grow and helps to guarantee a successful future at Willis Funeral Home.
Teri McKinniss is the office manager for Willis Funeral Home. Teri resides in Gallipolis with her husband Ray, who is the manager of The Bob Evans Farm in Rio Grande, Ohio. They have three sons: Heath is employed with Jackson City Schools, married to Melissa and they have a son, Garrett and a daughter, Carsen; Justin, is employed with the Columbus Zoo, married to Brie, and have a daughter, Hadley; Travis is employed with Willis Funeral Home, is attending the University of Rio Grande and has a daughter Audrey.