Welcome to the Willis Cemetery     Willis, Texas

WELCOME TO THE WILLIS CEMETERY

2020 CLEANUP CANCELED WITH COVID-19

          VOLUNTEERS MAKE A DIFFERENCE          AT  WILLIS CEMETERY

During the early years of the town of Willis, families gathered on a   regular basis to work together to clean the burial sites of loved ones   who had passed on. Through the years, that tradition was practiced   less and less.  Some families moved away, others had no one left in the   family, and others found their day to day lives becoming busier   and busier. It became complicated to schedule times to work at the   cemetery.

Several years ago, those that oversee the cemetery, set aside the last Saturday in April as the annual volunteer workday for community involvement.  Articles were printed in local papers to inform citizens of some of the history of the cemetery and to encourage them to honor family members and friends buried there byvolunteering to help with special clean-up jobs or make a donation to assist.  Fliers were posted around town at churches and businesses.Despite the efforts each  year, the number of volunteers was often less than encouraging.  Those that came worked diligently and their efforts were always greatly appreciated.  However, due to such low participation in recent years, it was almost decided not to even try to schedule a workday this year.

Imagine the wonderful surprise on April 27th,when a small army of volunteers (men with power tools, scouts with leaders, parents, grandparents, families and others) showed up with yard tools ready to work.  WOW! !!!! Volunteers were there from near and far! Fallen limbs were picked up, brush cleared, trees trimmed, some of the fence lines cleared, grass around many of the headstones cleared.....so much was accomplished!  However, one day simply was not enough time to accomplish all that needed to be done.  Many who worked that day pledged to volunteer more of their time to continue the much needed work.

As we all worked together, old friendships were renewed and new friendships were made.  It was wonderful to hear the many shared stories about loved ones buried at the Willis Cemetery.  Hopefully, those with documented research will share brief family histories (and pictures) of those buried at the Willis Cemetery by updating or adding to the information on FindAGrave.com.  Graves at thecemetery date back to the early 1800's. This is the final resting place of many of the early settlers of Willis, quite a few confederate soldiers (some who have been remembered in recent years with special ceremonies and historical markers), and so many other loved ones, all with special stories to be told.

Special thanks to those who worked on April 27th: Lisa and Justin Linares, Helen and Lionel Linares, Penny Simpson and Teagan, Adam Greenly and Elizabeth, Tina Dulaney and Charlie, Joey and K.C. Dill and Anna, Debbie and Dean Decock and Preston, Jeff Scates and Allison, Jane Nichols, Peggy Sheridan, Tiralynn Towle, Mike Wise, Olivia Wise, Leah Linares, Alex Moore, and Mel Paddock.  If we failed to get your name, we apologize.  Please know that you are appreciated.


Since April 27th, Some members of Cub Scout Pack 1097 and Girl BSA Troop 1079 have returned to continue work on May 18th and June 8th. They have almost finished cleaning in section 4.  They have set up a schedule to continue volunteering at the Willis Cemetery once or twice each month through the end of March, 2020. What a wonderful service project!  Kudos to these young people, their parents and scout leaders.

For more information regarding the Willis Cemetery, contact Mel Paddock, 314 Harris Blvd., Conroe, Texas 77301 or go to www.williscemetery.com.



Annual Volunteer Spring Cleanup 2020


DUE TO THE COVID-19 Pandemic we are NOT going to have the Spring Cleanup this year (2020).  This is for everyone's safety in preventing the spread of the virus per the CDC recommendations.  Stay well and we will post another cleanup date when the threat of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) passes.
        
Willis Cemetery Annual Volunteer Spring Cleanup (Click "Directions" for a Map)
April 25, 2020(last Saturday in April)

If it rains we will move it to the following Saturday (May 2. 2019)

(Feel free to come anytime Saturday and stay as long as you want)

Time for our annual Willis Cemetery volunteer cleanup!  The event is family friendly and jobs are everything from picking up sticks to cleaning around fences and tomb stones.  Be sure to bring your lawn tools.  The most effective tool has been a hoe to remove the grass and dirt from the settled tombstones and fences.

Since the last cleanup we have had a variety of weather conditions.  The cemetery has been hit with everything from strong winds to heavy rains and even drought conditions.

If we work together as a community on Saturday, April 25, 2019  we CAN make a difference in making the Willis Cemetery more beautiful.

If you can not attend, we ask that you send  someone else in your place or even make a donation to help assist.

Thank you in advance for your participation and looking forward to seeing everyone Saturday.

Annual Spring Clean-up for the Cemetery.

"I can remember in the past there was an ice storm in Willis that left many broken branches in the Cemetery.  Volunteers came and helped us gather and haul off many trailer loads of debris.  I feel the time has come to make it an annual event.  Spring cleanup for the cemetery will be the last weekend in April every year.  We want to invite the local community and churches to help support the Willis Cemetery by attending this important annual event."      
                                                                       Mel Paddock  2008

HOW CAN I HELP THE WILLIS CEMETERY?

Donations can be sent to the following address:

Willis Cemetery Association Inc.
C/O Mel Paddock
314 Harris Blvd.
Conroe, TX  77301
(936)756-5459

Special Thanks to the Local Community

May 2015
Special thanks to the Leo's sponsored by the Willis Lion's Club.  They turned out in number and give you new faith in our younger generation.
We also want to thank all the individual volunteers that came out to volunteer their time and brought their yard tools.
The original cleanup day planned Saturday rained but that following Saturday turned out to be a beautiful day with sunshine. 
I can not thank each of you enough for your time and contribution.  
You can see some of the volunteers that came in the picture section of this website.

July 2010
Thank you Rev. Dave Stovall and volunteers from the Abundant Life Church (1st United Pentecostal) of Willis for helping here at home on a project that greatly needed volunteers to help cleanup some of the graves in the old section of the Willis Cemetery. 
Many of the tombstones had sunk into the ground along with debris grown up in the iron fences.  We appreciate all the volunteers that came last weekend from Abundant Life Church and gave up their time to help those that lay to rest in the old section of the Willis Cemetery dating back to the 1800's.  It is this kind of caring spirit from the volunteers that came that will help maintain the Willis Cemetery for years to come.  I know that you will be blessed for your kindness and generocity in helping those families that lay to rest. 

July 2009
Thank you Pastor Sean Cook and volunteers from the Covenant Fellowship of Willis for helping here at home on a project that greatly needed volunteers to help cleanup some of the graves in the old section of the Willis Cemetery. 
Many of the tombstones had sunk into the ground along with debris grown up in the iron fences.  We appreciate all the volunteers that came last weekend from Covenant Fellowship and gave up their time to help those that lay to rest in the old section of the Willis Cemetery dating back to the 1800's.  It is this kind of caring spirit from the volunteers that came that will help maintain the Willis Cemetery for years to come.  I know that you will be blessed for your kindness and generocity in helping those families that lay to rest. 

May 2009
Thank you Frank Johnson along with Granbury's Texas Brigade, the United Son's of the Confederacy, and the United Daughters of the Confederacy for giving us the names of 20 Confederate Veterans that are buried in the cemetery.  We will have each of these soldiers listed under the "veterans" and "genealogy" section of this website along with the links to your websites.  We appreciate the hard work and dedication that went into finding and honoring these soldiers.

If you or your organization or church would like to participate in bringing a group of volunteers to the Wilis Cemetery to help with some of the tasks, please contact
Mel Paddock at 936-756-5459.

Mel Paddock has served the Willis Cemetery now for over 43 years.
From 2008-2015 the Willis Cemetery has had many improvements in addition to the normal maintenance.
The following is a list of projects:

There is a photo album that you can click on to see pictures of many of these projects.

Survey of property West of Cemetery Road (completed)

Fence Lines dead trees removed and hauled off

Accumulated trash collected and hauled off

Fence repairs off FM 1097 from "Hit and Run" (completed)

New 4 ft fence on both the East and West of Cemetery Road (completed)

New 6 ft fence on property West of Cemetery Road (completed)

Replaced all the 16 ft gates. (completed) 

Cleaned up many old graves sites in the "Old Section".

Signs for every gate that identify both the Gate letter and Section # have been installed to help everyone navigate in the cemetery.

Sections 1-6 are available for download from this website by clicking the link to the left.


Older News...

Spring Cleanup becomes a permanent annual event.
See more about this in "Schedule & Events"

Conroe Courier asks the Willis Cemetery for information. 
See the complete response letter in "About Us".

We are excited about the email responses from many of you interested in helping us develop the 'Genealogy" for this website.

We look forward to working with you and posting the genealogy of those that are buried at the Willis Cemetery. 

Thank you for your support.