He was born in Bramell, WV and he had resided in Massillon for 58 years. He was employed at Bonnot Foundry and Stark Truss. He loved camping, Nascar, fishing, working on cars and playing with his grandchildren.
Willis is preceded in death by siblings, Mae (Bill) Sweitzer, Earl Childress, Kenneth (Olga) Childress, Bradley (Ruby) Childress and Virginia (Clarence) Cole; brother-in-law, Ronnie Honaker.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Norma Jean Childress and six children, Virginia (Greg) Holtry, Willis Childress Jr., Timothy (Daniel) Childress, Jeffrey (Susan) Childress, Sybil (Paul) Phelps, Rose (Rob) Plunkett; 20 grandchildren; 56 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brother, Douglas (Suki) Childress and sister, Sandy Honaker.
Private family services are being held on Thursday.