Bennett "Ben"'s Story
Born December 3rd, 1961 he was the son of Bennett Talmadge Willis and the late LeVonne Zess Willis. He was a 1978 graduate of Moultrie High School.
Ben graduated from Sewanee in 1982, majoring in French, and serving as a member of the Order of Gownsmen -an academic honor society which functioned as one house of the bicameral student legislature. He was a devoted member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, and the Black Ribbon Society. He also served with distinction on the University Concert Series Committee and the Sewanee Popular Music Association. Beloved by his classmates, the faculty, and the entire community, he took particular pleasure in being a genteel host for gatherings both raucous and refined.
After earning his Juris Doctor from The Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University, he practiced law in Macon, GA. During his career he served as a Municipal Court Judge for the City of Macon and in the Houston County Public Defender's Office. He also served as the President of the Macon Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Ben is fondly remembered by his family for his great culinary talent. He was also a deeply devoted Catholic. He was a long time member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church where he served on the Parish Council
In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his brother Chad Willis and nephew Bradley Bennett Willis.
In addition to his father, survivors include his wife Leize Glover Willis and stepson Robert Bennett of Johns Island, S.C., brothers R. Zess Willis and wife Beth of Montgomery, Ala., and Hayden L. Willis and wife Jena of Moultrie, Ga., nieces and nephews Clark Cole Willis and wife Brittany, Savannah Willis Bailey and husband Brian, Statom Willis, Candler Willis, and Merritt Willis.
Memorials can be made to Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding at www.catr-program.org.
Published on October 23, 2017