April 18, 1927 - January 4, 2015
Charlcie Hayden Willis of Longview, Texas, as of January 4 is now reunited with her beloved husband R. P., and daughter, Patricia, and is joyfully celebrating in the arms of Jesus, her Lord and Savior. Visitation with family will be on Wednesday, January 7, at Rader Funeral Home from 5 to 7 p.m. Her life will be celebrated on Thursday, January 8, at 10 a.m., Rosewood Park Cemetery Mausoleum, Longview. Charlcie is survived by her son, R. P. Willis and daughter-in-law, Carrie; of Lafayette; her daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Kip Holleman of Longview; her grandson, Jason Kaliszeski and his wife, Becky of Belle Chase, Louisiana; granddaughters Kristen Willis, of Youngsville, Louisiana, Kimberly Randolph of Denton, Texas, and Kari Leigh, and husband, Jared Spittle of Maurice; and grandson Blake Willis who resides in Lafayette, Louisiana. And last but not least, her precious 10 great grandchildren. Charlcie was born in Carthage, Texas on April 18, 1927 to Claude and Bertha Lee Hayden. She married R. P. Willis on June 4, 1947, in Atlanta, Texas - and life began! Theirs was a special relationship and they led a life full of fun and adventure. R. P. worked for Phillips Petroleum and Charlcie was the loving, attentive caregiver to her family. During the course of their 56 year marriage, the oilfield took them many places. As newlyweds, they initially lived in Gladewater, then moved to various places in Arkansas, south Louisiana and Texas. In 1971, Phillips offered them the opportunity to go overseas where they lived in Stavanger, Norway for 3 years and Gt. Yarmouth, England for 7 years. In 1981, they returned to the United States and made their home in Longview. Charlcie was an avid interior designer. Any home she lived in had her talented touch. While overseas, one of her favorite hobbies as she traveled was antique shopping. Her home was filled with lovely European treasures, each of which had a very special story attached. She loved to sew and needlepoint and always had a project in various stages of completion. Upon her return to the states, she became very involved in volunteer activities. She was a Pink Lady for many years at Good Shepherd Hospital. Her last love has been her volunteer years with the Texas Oncology – Longview Cancer Center. Having been a cancer survivor, she was able to relate to the patients and love and encourage them in her sweet, understanding way. Charlcie was a member of Winterfield United Methodist Church, where she gave her time to many services, volunteer committees and board committees. She has many dear friends that loved her and hopefully know how much she loved them in return. She was a loving and adored wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She leaves an unending legacy to family and friends. She constantly poured into every one she touched the gift of life and laughter. The void left by her absence is immense for all. The family would like to thank staff at Treviso Rehabilitation Center and the Good Shepherd Emergency staff for their kindness and care for her. Pallbearers are: Jason Kaliszeski, Blake Willis, Jared Spittle, Bob Oldham; Jim Willett, and John Durst. Mother specifically wanted to use her great grandsons as pallbearers to be a part of the service. They are: Jacob, Nicholas, Pierce, Cooper, Ethan, Jonah, Hayden and Jackson Graveside music services will be performed by Ms. Audra Butler. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Texas Oncology-Longview Cancer Center. A memorial guestbook may be signed online at www.raderfh.com.
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