WILLIS, Ira Ray Sr. “RA” was born on October 17, 1927, and left his earthly body on May 5, 2017, to be with the Lord. RA was preceded in death by his wife: Tanda Loretta Willis, his biological mother: Ada Sullivan Willis, his biological father: David Ira Willis, Sr., his stepmother: Inez Willis, and siblings: David Ira Willis, Jr., Birdie Willis, and Maurice Willis. RA is survived by siblings: Davetta McIntosh, Gerry Ross, Charlene Ellis, and Lynn Young; children: Karen Hart, (husband, Jim), Ira Willis, Jr., and Rick Willis, (wife, Janet); grandchildren: Jimmer Hart, Jerrod Hart, Shannon Forbes, and Shea Matson, as well as numerous great-grandchildren.
RA was born in Jim Town, Oklahoma and later moved to Muskogee, Oklahoma where he met his true love: Loretta Scantlin. RA and Loretta were married in January, 25 1947. Daughter Karen was born in Muskogee, son Ira was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and son Rick was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
RA served his country in the US Navy. His adult life was spent working in the tire business. He was co-owner of Oklahoma Tire Center and later co-owner of Service Tire and Battery before retiring.
RA enjoyed bowling and especially traveling to tournaments with wife Loretta. He was in the Crystal City Bowling Hall of Fame where he bowled several perfect 300 games. Hunting and fishing were also high on list of things to do. He and Loretta would travel to Canada and Mexico on numerous fishing trips each year. RA worked with the young boys of the Westside, coaching baseball for many years. He was a competitor and always wanted the best for his players and teams.
RA was a loving husband and father. He will be missed greatly by all who knew him. We will look forward to seeing him again in Heaven.
Visitation for RA is scheduled for 8am-8pm Tuesday May 9th with family present to greet visitors from 6pm-8pm.
A funeral service will be held Wednesday May 10th at 11am at the Trinity Baptist Church under the direction of Heath-Griffith Funeral Home, 918-446-6633. www.heathgriffithfuneralhome.com
Ira, Karen and Rick, I just found out about your dads passing. I am so sorry. I would have been there, had I known. My prayers are with you all. Cherokee Bushyhead Neafus
Cherokee Jane NeafusKellyville, OK
Karen, Rick and IRA, I'm so sorry for your loss but your dad is in heaven now with Loretta and the angels. All things are good. RA made a big difference in my life by some of the talks he had with me before I went into the Air Force. He always took time out for me and that left a strong impression. Of all the people who bowled at Crystal bowl your mom and dad were very much admired, I know this for a fact. RA is one of the reasons I kept bowling for 50 years. He always encouraged me not to give up. Plus it carried over into the Air Force. I never forgot. RA and Loretta were great in representing the west side. I have very fond memories and they will last for ever. Prayers for the family.
Jerry HarrisTulsa, OK
Dear Willis and Hart Families,
So sorry to hear of your Fathers death, he was a very nice man. Have fond memories of your parent's, how kind and caring they were to each other and others.
Your in my prayers
Pattie Gay-SittlerTulsa, OK
Rick and Family,
We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your father; we have been neighbors for over 25 years and have many memories of him as our children grew up and he watched out for all of us. Prayers and hugs to all the family.
Ken and Sharon BertramTulsa, OK
Karen, Ira and Rick . . .thinking of you during this time and so sorry for the loss of your father. I will be praying for you and your families.
Beth Shepard CoxTulsa, OK
Karen, Rick and Ira. I am so sorry to read RA has passed away. For many years he was a very good friend to me. He did a lot for the people on the west side of Tulsa and he will be missed by all that knew him. You 3 were blessed with great parents.
Max TiptonYork, SC
Dearest Karen, Ira and Rick and families,
You were blessed to have your father for so many years He was a good man and supported you all in all of your endeavors. He and your mother We're very special people. May God comfort you today and be close to you at this time.
Love and prayers,
Helen Stubblefield TrowbridgeTucson, AZ