Community mourns and honors Gerry Willis


By Sam Neace - sneace@civitasmedia.com



Courtesy photo | Funeral for Gerry Willis will be Oct. 19.


Courtesy photo | Coworkers and loved ones wait to join the motorcade, which escorted Willis to Hazard.


HAZARD — A wreck on the Mountain Parkway in late September left Gerry Willis severely injured. Willis suffered two strokes after the wreck and spent days on life-support. On Oct. 16, Gerry Willis passed away, leaving behind a multitude of heartbroken family members, friends, coworkers and acquaintances.

Willis spent the majority of his life helping the public. His service to emergency medical response as and EMT and Paramedic included time with Perry County Ambulance, where he made many friends. On Monday afternoon, several of those friends joined together to show their love and respect for Willis by organizing a motorcade, which began in Wolfe County and escorted Willis to the Engle-Bowling Funeral Home in Hazard. Vehicles, including ambulances, fire trucks and law enforcement, joined the motorcade. Willis worked in Breathitt and Wolfe counties during his career too. Friends and coworkers also showed their respects by changing their Facebook profile pictures to a photo of Willis and wearing black ribbons on their work uniforms to symbolize their mourning.

Gerry Wayne Willis is survived by his loving wife, Trish (Marticia) Willis; two sons, Austin Shane Collins and Kaiden Willis; four daughters, Kayla Turner, Mikayla Willis, Brooklyn Willis and Mashayla Toler; grandchild, Kaylen Faith Turner; and a host of Special E.M.S. family, as well as an abundance of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services for Gerry Willis will be Oct. 19, 2:00 p.m. at the Gospel Light Baptist Church in Hazard with Pastor Chris Fugate officiating. Visitation will be at the church Oct. 18 after 6:00 p.m. Gerry Willis was 42 years old.

Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.

Courtesy photo | Funeral for Gerry Willis will be Oct. 19.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_Gerry_Willis_cmyk-1.jpgCourtesy photo | Funeral for Gerry Willis will be Oct. 19.

Courtesy photo | Coworkers and loved ones wait to join the motorcade, which escorted Willis to Hazard.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_Gerry_Willis2_cmyk.jpgCourtesy photo | Coworkers and loved ones wait to join the motorcade, which escorted Willis to Hazard.

By Sam Neace

sneace@civitasmedia.com

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