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Lenwood L. "Ash" Willis

Lenwood L. “Ash” Willis, 94, died April 8, 2019 in Aiken Regional Medical Center. He was one of seven children born to Emmett and Carrie Lou Baggott Willis. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife Mary Elizabeth Eidson Willis, brothers Daniel C. Willis, Emmett Glenn Willis, E. L. “Sam” Willis, and Benjamin Willis, and a sister Patricia Willis Price. He is survived by his son Michael L. Willis and his wife Sharon Willis of Aiken , a grandson Matthew Michael Willis and his wife Allison Willis of Johns Island, SC, and a granddaughter Kara Elizabeth Willis of Aiken. He is also survived by his sister Jane Willis Boyd of Greenville, SC as well as many nieces and nephews.

Lenwood served his country in the US Army Air Forces in World War II and graduated Newberry College. He later completed his Masters degree from the University of South Carolina. He worked as a teacher and coach at Woodruff High School before returning to Aiken county as a teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, and Superintendent. He was a member of St. James Lutheran Church where he served as a Sunday School teacher for many years. He was a member of the Midland Valley Lions Club where he served as past president, and was a founding member of the Aiken Mended Hearts.

Visitation will be held Thursday evening, April 11th, 2019 at Napier Funeral Home from 6-9pm with service at St. James Lutheran Church, Graniteville, on Friday, April 12th, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Interment will take place at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church Cemetery, Johnston. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. James Lutheran Church.

Napier Funeral Home, Inc. 315 Main St. Graniteville, SC 29829, has been entrusted with these arrangements. To send an expression of sympathy, you may visit the guestbook at www.napierfuneralhomeinc.com

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Ash had many friends and I am sure he will be missed by everybody. I doubt he had an enemy in the world. Barbara Phillips worked with Ash and talked constantly about how nice he was to everybody. It was also an honor for me to be associated with him. Our sympathy goes out to Mike and Sharon and the entire family.

Richard Phillips and his three daughters Apr 18 2019 12:00 AM

I worked at the District Office and got to know Mr. Willis very well. He was indeed the kindest and most concerned leader I ever worked for. My condolence to his family. Shirley Bowers

Shirley Bowers Apr 13 2019 12:00 AM

Mike & family, sorry for your loss, he was the best teacher ever, loved by so many & just a great man.

Bonnie Zielinski Apr 12 2019 12:00 AM

Sorry for your loss Mike. Sending prayers.

Lee Taylor Apr 12 2019 12:00 AM

Earth's loss is Heaven's gain! Uncle Ash will be greatly missed. In my opinion, he was the rock of our family. He was concerned about each of us and was always there to guide and support-especially with my immediate family. Uncle Ash had a positive Christian influence not only on our family, but also his many students and friends over the years. As he's welcomed into heaven, I'm confident the Lord is saying, "Well done, thy good and faithful servant" I will miss you dearly, but look forward to the day when we will be reunited again.

Peggy Willis Thomas Apr 12 2019 12:00 AM

What a wonderful man Mr. Willis was. He will be fondly remembered by many. My prayers are with the family at this time.

Janet Taylor Apr 12 2019 12:00 AM

helen Mcclendon Apr 12 2019 12:00 AM

Mike, my deepest condolences to you and your family. I fondly recall Mr. Willis and his untiring commitment to education. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Your friend and classmate, Kenneth Robinson (LMHS '80)

Kenneth Robinson Apr 12 2019 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to the family for the loss of Mr. Willis. He was a great man and surely will be missed.

Ronnie Bagwell Apr 11 2019 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.

Florence and Macie McCoy Apr 11 2019 12:00 AM

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