Born in McCoy, Va., to Frank Webb and Ruth Shaffner, he joined the Air Force while still in high school serving as a radio mechanic.
Willis attended the University of Tennessee afterwards where he met and married Wanda Virginia Farris in 1950. After graduating from Texas A&M as a veterinarian, he went to work as an animal pathologist. Retiring in 1991, Virginia and he enjoyed many trips abroad as well as within the US.
He was a gentleman farmer for many years and enjoyed raising cattle and the farm life. He loved sports and being active. He won many medals in the senior olympics, and bowling was a true joy for him. He was a kind father and husband.
He is survived by his wife of over 71 years, Wanda Virginia Webb; their five children and their spouses: Cheryl Farmer (Billy), Mark Webb (Shelby), Karen Moore (Howard), Katherine Dibert (Bruce) and Laura Webb. He is also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The last few weeks of his life, he was lovingly attended by his daughter, Laura and his granddaughter, Shanna McKenzie. Willis chose to donate his body to science and there will be no funeral. Donations may be made to your favorite charity in his memory.