Larry Willis, 55, of George West, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2008, at his home after a long battle with a terminal illness.

He was born Jan. 21, 1952 in Baytown to Crawford Layfette Willis and Edna Mae Williams Willis. He retired from H. B. Zachary Corp. and resided on a ranch where he became a cowboy.

He enjoyed his time at his George West Ranch and the Colorado Farm. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in George West, where he completed his Walk to Emmaus. He had prior passions for motorcycles, weightlifting and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his father, Crawford Layfette Willis; his grandmothers, Claudia Pearl Williams and Fannie Mae Willis; his grandson, Cory Devon Willis; and his sister, Margaret Willis.

He is survived by his wife, DiAnna Willis of George West; his sons, Cory Eugene Willis and wife, Amy, of Denver, and Colton Layfette Willis of College Station; his stepdaughter, Heather Brooke Dobson of Jourdanton; his mother, Edna Mae Willis of Dayton; his sisters, Karen Hinson, Marie Hatcher and her husband, Mitch, and Glenda Jones and her husband, Carl, all of Dayton; and his grandson, Chase Devon Willis.

Funeral services were conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at First United Methodist Church in George West with the Rev. Doug Hinchcliff and the Rev. Ken Houston officiating. Graveside services will be conducted at noon Thursday, Jan. 10, at San Jacinto Memorial Park in Houston.

Pallbearers will be Cory Willis, Colton Willis, Mitch Hatcher, Carl Jones, Maynard Menn, Danny Johnson, Ralph Gilley and Steve Albert.

In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to make contributions to the American Cancer Society or to Shriner's Hospital.

Sawyer-George Funeral Home