Willis, (Sister) Lee Norris (Gaffney)

Beaver County Times
Thursday, August 16, 2012

Sister Lee Norris (Gaffney) Willis went home to be with the Lord on August 10, 2012.

She was born October 28, 1950 to Willie Gaffney, Sr. and Elizabeth (Walton) Gaffney in Union, South Carolina. As a child, sister Lee Norris (Gaffney) Willis moved to Aliquippa, PA and later graduated from Aliquippa High School.

Upon graduation, she married Donald Willis and joined the ‘Church in the Round’, The First Church of God in Christ. Together, Elder Donald and Sister Lee Norris Willis began their spiritual journey through life with kids, family and friends, proclaiming the name of Jesus, as Lord and Savior, in their life.

Sister Lee Norris Willis was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, niece, cousin and friend. She was known, as ‘Auntie’ by those friends who loved her as a sister and mother in the community served.

Sister Lee Norris Willis leaves behind a loving husband, Elder Donald Willis, and eleven devoted children. The children and spouses all include devoted daughter Ms. Dawn Willis, devoted son Mr. Timothy Willis, devoted sons and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Willis, Mr. and Mrs. Emmanuel Willis, Mr. and Mrs. Donnie Jeter, Mr. Earl Willis, and Mrs. Jessica (Peter) Patrick.

Sister Lee Norris Willis also leaves behind thirteen grandchildren, Octavius, Lindsey, Benjamin, Kanijah, I’yori, Natasha, Rashad, Donnie, Jr., India, Donte, Deondre, Donovan and Marcus; two great-grandchildren, Donnie Jr. III and Amonee.

Sister Lee Norris Willis has eight siblings – four brothers and four sisters who have families with children. The siblings and their spouse are Mr. and Mrs. Willie Gaffney, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Gaffney, Mr. Duncan Gaffney and Mr. James Spencer, Mrs. Virgie Underwood, Mrs. Margret (Franklin) Lindsey, Mrs. Gloria (George) Hill and Ms. Della Campbell, and a host of family and friends.

Sister Lee Norris Willis was proceeded in death by parents, Mr. and Mrs. Willie Gaffney, Sr.; sister, Zenina Anderson; brother-in-law, Malcolm Underwood, and nephews, James Lindsey and Eric Harmon.

. ‘and her children arise up a name her blessed’ (Proverbs 31:28)

Viewing will be held Saturday, August 18, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with service immediately following at 12 p.m. in the Church in the Round Aliquippa. Bishop Melvin E. Clark will officiate.

Arrangements entrusted to SHEFFIELD-PITTS FUNERAL HOME OF ALIQUIPPA, 920 Franklin Ave., Antonio Pitts, Funeral Director.