Annie L. Barnes Willis

Published 12:00 am Sunday, December 28, 2008

Annie L. “Sugar” Barnes Willis died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008, at Vicksburg Convalescent Home. She was 83.

Mrs. Willis was born in Claiborne County. She was a homemaker, and a member and mother of Clover Valley M.B. Church. She was also a member of the Warren County Extension Service.

Mrs. Willis was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Lee Willis Sr.; her parents, Thomas and Alice Ellis Barnes; two sons, Floyd Willis and Willie James Willis; two brothers, Thomas Barnes and Jimel Barnes; four sisters, Frances Johnson, Carrie Hall, Maggie Burns and Mattie Hill; one grandson; three great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

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Survivors include five sons, Melvin L. Willis Jr. of East St. Louis, Ill., and Wilbert E. Willis, Edward L. Willis, Johnnie L. Willis, and Cedric D. Willis of Vicksburg; five daughters, Verna Mae Johnson of New Orleans, Maxine Smith of Jackson, Jo Ann Willis of Greenwood, and Carolyn J. Bolls and Wanda Gail Bracey of Vicksburg; one brother, Leroy Barnes of Utica; two sisters, Katie Joseph of New Orleans and Judy Goins of Detroit; 20 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and friends including  Bobbie Willis, Carcenia Sanders and Roberta Prentiss.

Robbins Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.