Allen D. Willis, Jr. passed away in the care of family on 6/24/2017. He was born in Nashville, TN in 1922. He was a former Staff Rep. and District V.P. from Communications Workers of America (CWA), the Union serving AT&T and other communications employees. He is survived by; wife, Bonnie C. Willis; Son, Dudley Willis; Daughter, Karen Willis; Granddaughter, Savanna Willis; Brother, Buford Willis of Dickson, TN, Sisters, Ann Mifflin and Rae Kemp of Nashville, TN. Allen was a U.S. Army Air Corps combat veteran during WWII. He became part of a B-17 bomb crew stationed in Foggia, Italy. He was a radio-operator-gunner, and flew combat missions over Western Europe, some of which were accompanied by the Tuskegee Airmen. For a full accounting of Allen’s wartime experience, see The war experience opened Allen’s eyes to social and economic injustice. He always felt indebted to the Tuskegee Airmen, and was offended by the racial prejudice those heroes were subjected to. Back in the U.S., African Americans were not being afforded opportunities in employment enjoyed by others. Throughout his career with CWA he worked to improve the lives of all working men and women. It was his passion that all should be given fair opportunity, and he dedicated his life to this belief. Visitation for Allen will be held Monday, June 26th, at Wages & Sons, 1031 Lawrenceville HWY, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. Funeral Will be held June 27th, 2PM, at Wages & Sons. Burial will be at White Chapel Memorial Gardens after services (3 to 3:30pm), 1832 Pleasant Hill Rd., Duluth, GA 30046.

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  1. We are very sorry for your loss, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Please do not hesitate to call on us if you need anything.

  2. Karen and Dudley, be comforted in knowing that your father lived a wonderful life and is now in peace. I am thinking of and praying for you, Savanna and the rest of your family.

  3. Revelation 21:4
    And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”

  4. At times like this our faith serves us well. We can take solace in knowing that your dad has gone to his eternal rest. In his lifetime he lived a upright life and he will be remembered for all the good that he did in his lifetime. Its the little memories that seem to mean the most and stay in the forefront of the mind. Let thoes memories comfort and continue to be a part of the process of life’s circle.
    May his Memory Be Eternal.
    L. Kariotis

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