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223 North Bedford Road
Battle Creek, MI 49037
Phone: 269-965-5145
Fax: 269-965-5148
Nathaniel  Willis

Nathaniel Willis

Tuesday, June 22nd, 1943 - Saturday, December 5th, 2020
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Nathaniel Willis was the son of Roland and Savannah (Lee) Willis. He was born June 22, 1943 in Mounds, Illinois. His family later moved to Battle Creek, Michigan. Nathaniel transitioned on Saturday, December 5, 2020 at Ascension Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was 77 years young.

Nathaniel graduated from Battle Creek Central High School on June 5, 1964. After graduation, Nathaniel enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and received an honorable discharge.

He married his lovely wife Eliza (Aiken) Willis on April 4, 1981. They were married for 39 years being blessed with one daughter, Gabrielle Lynn Willis.

Nathaniel was employed with Battle Creek Public Schools for many years as a Bearcat Watch/ Coach. He was also a job developer, and an all-around mentor.

He was a member of Open Door COGIC (which was later changed to Faith Assembly) under Bishop Eugene B. McCoy, which is now New Level Church, under the leadership of Pastor Christopher J. McCoy. He served faithfully as an elder in these ministries until his passing. He was also involved in prison ministry for many years.

Nathaniel was preceded in death by his father Roland (Retha) Willis and his mother Savannah (Robert) Jones.
He is survived by his wife Eliza Willis; his daughter Gabrielle Willis, and special daughter Zenetta Willis. Siblings; Robert Willis, Francine (Morris) Fullerton, Kenneth (Charlene) Willis, Barbara (Silon) Boyd all of Battle Creek, and Marcus Jones of Surprise, Arizona. Aunts; Ruth Ellis of Battle Creek and Cassae Ryan of Alexandria,Virginia and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews. Special friends: Gena Reed, Michael Nunnally, Apostle Hermon Phillips, Walter Campbell and many others.

Visitation will be held Monday, December 14th from 9:30-11:00 AM at New Level Church with the funeral to immediately follow at 11:00 AM with Pastor Christopher J. McCoy officiating. Arrangements by Bachman Hebble Funeral Service (269) 965-5145. www.bachmanhebble.com
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  • Visitation

    Monday, December 14th, 2020 | 9:30am - 11:00am
    When
    Monday, December 14th, 2020 9:30am - 11:00am
    Location
    New Level Church
    Address
    400 West Michigan Avenue
    BATTLE CREEK, MI 49037
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  • Service

    Monday, December 14th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Monday, December 14th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    New Level Church
    Address
    400 West Michigan Avenue
    BATTLE CREEK, MI 49037
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    Officiant
    Rev. Christopher J. McCoy

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Timothy O. Sheppard

Posted at 04:55pm
Sending my deepest and most sincere condolences to the Willis Family on behalf of Elder Nathaniel Willis. He has a true man of God, a renaissance man , and he was always cooler than the other side of the pillow. Rest in power big brother Nate. Much love Elder Tim Sheppard
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Shirley Tuggle

Posted at 04:59pm
My friend Nate. Sorry to hear of your transition. I will miss our talks on the OLD neighborhood. You were always a friend to
the Bolden-Pierce-Tuggle family. Grace and mercy to you, rest in peace.
Shirley Bolden Tuggle
JB

John Burrill

Posted at 05:10pm
Eliza and Gabrielle,
I worked with Nate for years both at Southwestern and Battle Creek Central and consider him a friend. He was always good to the kids we worked with and really cared about them all. He will be missed. My deepest condolences to you both.
John Burrill
SB

Susan Burrill

Posted at 02:09pm
Eliza and Gabrielle,
My heart goes out to you at this difficult time. I was the social worker at BCC and worked with Nate for many years!! I called him my "co-pilot" because he always supported my work even with the most difficult kids! He was not just a co-worker but a friend too! Nate spoke of his daughter and wife with pure love and admiration! He will be missed by a community.
DM

Darla Moore

Posted at 06:51pm
REST PEACEFUL COUSIN WE LOVE YOU AND YOU WILL DEFINITELY BE MISSED BY OUR FAMILY

RIH CAPTAIN
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