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Willis Family from left to right: back row, Kent Shawver, Zach Shawver, Sam Shawver, Betsy (Shawver) Brown, Brianne Willis, Brooke (Willis) Frazier, and Matt Willis. front row, Lou Ann Shawver, Wanda Willis, Cleeland Willis, Letty Willis.

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Matthew R. Willis

Matt Willis is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the states of Ohio and West Virginia. He and his wife of 38 years, 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 Willis and Brooke (Samuel) Frazier. Brianne is a RN/BSN/MSN residing in Gallipolis, Ohio and Brooke is a RN/BSN residing in Russell, Kentucky. They also have one granddaughter, Maeve Evelyn Frazier.  Matt attended Rio Grande College and is a graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.  He earned a Bachelor of Science from Liberty University. Matt is a member of the Gallipolis Rotary Club. He and his family are members of First Baptist Church in Gallipolis, where he has served as a deacon.

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Kent M. Shawver

Kent M. Shawver is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the states of Ohio and West Virginia. He retired from Willis Funeral Home on September 3, 2021.  He and his wife of 39 years, the former Lou Ann Willis, are life long residents of Gallipolis. They have three children, Betsy (Aaron) Brown of Huntington, WV, Zach (Julie) Shawver of Alliance, Ohio, and Sam (Katie) Shawver of Gallipolis. Kent attended Georgetown College and graduated from the Cincinnati School of Mortuary Science. 

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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 was a retired elementary school teacher; she went home to be with her Lord on February 7, 2016. Cleeland went home to be with the Lord on April 21, 2021.

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Letty Willis

Letty is not only the wife of Matthew Willis, but she is also the current office manager for Willis Funeral Home. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Education from Cedarville College and a Master of Science in School Counseling from the University of Dayton. Using these degrees, Letty was a senior English teacher and guidance counselor in the Gallipolis City Schools for 30 years. Letty serves as a member of the Marshall University Mid Ohio Valley Center Advisory Board, the Gallia Academy Alumni Association Board, and the Gallia County Retired Teachers Scholarship Committee.

Matthew R. Willis

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Matt Willis is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the states of Ohio and West Virginia. He and his wife of 38 years, 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 Willis and Brooke (Samuel) Frazier. Brianne is a RN/BSN/MSN residing in Gallipolis, Ohio and Brooke is a RN/BSN residing in Russell, Kentucky. They also have one granddaughter, Maeve Evelyn Frazier.  Matt attended Rio Grande College and is a graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.  He earned a Bachelor of Science from Liberty University. Matt is a member of the Gallipolis Rotary Club. He and his family are members of First Baptist Church in Gallipolis, where he has served as a deacon.

Kent M. Shawver

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Kent M. Shawver is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the states of Ohio and West Virginia. He retired from Willis Funeral Home on September 3, 2021.  He and his wife of 39 years, the former Lou Ann Willis, are life long residents of Gallipolis. They have three children, Betsy (Aaron) Brown of Huntington, WV, Zach (Julie) Shawver of Alliance, Ohio, and Sam (Katie) Shawver of Gallipolis. Kent attended Georgetown College and graduated from the Cincinnati School of Mortuary Science. 

Cleeland R. and Wanda Saunders Willis

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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 was a retired elementary school teacher; she went home to be with her Lord on February 7, 2016. Cleeland went home to be with the Lord on April 21, 2021.

Letty Willis

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Letty is not only the wife of Matthew Willis, but she is also the current office manager for Willis Funeral Home. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Education from Cedarville College and a Master of Science in School Counseling from the University of Dayton. Using these degrees, Letty was a senior English teacher and guidance counselor in the Gallipolis City Schools for 30 years. Letty serves as a member of the Marshall University Mid Ohio Valley Center Advisory Board, the Gallia Academy Alumni Association Board, and the Gallia County Retired Teachers Scholarship Committee.