Lillie Gertrude Hanks Willis

submitted by Randy Willis

Lillie Hanks Willis
Submitted for the LA GenWeb Archives by Randy Willis<>
My grandmother
Lillie Gertrude Hanks Willis
Born: December 29, 1897
Went to Heaven 29-years ago today, July 2, 1973

As a young boy and teen-ager she poured Jesus into me! Randy Willis

She married my grandfather and namesake Randall Lee Willis (b. Mar 20, 1886; d. May 14, 1940) on January 11, 1914. (He was named after his father's commanding general in the Civil War, Gen. Randall Lee Gibson.) She was the daughter of Arthur Allen Hanks and Mary Stark. Mary Stark had traveled by covered wagon with her parents, John M. Stark and Marie Deroussel, to Branch, Louisiana. Mary Stark often spoke of the panthers screaming in the woods of Louisiana, she said they screamed "just like a woman." Grandmother Lillie moved, with her parents, between Lecompte and Forest Hill, Louisiana (near the present-day intersection of IH 49 and LA 112) from Branch, at age 11.

She was a strong believer in Christ and was a staunch Baptist. I remember her deep reverence for the Lord. I also, remember walking into the church sanctuary with her one day, where the pastor was teaching a Sunday school class. He looked up from his notes and asked, Mrs. Willis "what does
Christ do with our sins," and without hesitation she said "He throws them as far as the east is from the west." She was a "Proverbs 31 woman." I loved her with all my heart, and still do.

Lillie Willis

Lillie Willis

Two love letters (cards) written to Lillie Hanks Willis by my grandfather.