Bishop Levi Edgar Willis, II

Sunrise: August 16, 1953

Sunset: January 13, 2023

Bishop Levi Edgar Willis II, son of the late Bishop Levi E. Willis Sr. and Hortense Jones Willis of Norfolk, VA, transitioned on January 13, 2023. 

Bishop Willis served as Pastor of Garden of Prayer Worship Center – The Gateway to Good News and as Jurisdictional Prelate of the Virginia Third Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ. 

He is survived by his wife of forty-nine years, Judith Washington Willis, three children, Jasper M. Willis (LaTonya), Jonathan G. Willis Sr. (Felicia), Tiffani J. Willis, eight grandchildren, three sisters: Hortense E. Willis, Christine L. Willis, and Celestine Willis-Brown (Clyde); sister-in-law Yvonne Hawkins (Lawrence), a host of nephews, nieces, aunts, cousins, saints, and friends.

The Public Viewing Thursday, January 19, 2023 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM EST Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, Virginia Lie In State Thursday, January 19, 2023 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM EST Garden of Prayer Worship Center Church of God In Christ 1001 Church Street, Norfolk, VA 23510 The Local and Jurisdictional Homegoing Celebration Thursday, January 19, 2023 7:00 PM EST Garden of Prayer Worship Center Church of God In Christ 1001 Church Street, Norfolk, VA 23510 The National Homegoing Celebration Friday, January 20, 2023 10:00 AM EST Garden of Prayer Worship Center Church of God In Christ 1001 Church Street, Norfolk, VA 23510 Entombment Woodlawn Memorial Gardens 6329 E Virginia Beach Boulevard Norfolk, VA 23502 *Live Streaming available on facebook via Virginia Third Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, COGIC*

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    Harold D Woodley says

    May the comfort and consolation of the Holy Spirit be upon Mother Judith Willis, Jasper, Jonathan, Tiffany, the Garden of Prayer family, the Virginia Third Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction and all who mourn the passing of the Bishop. Remember Matthew 5:4.

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    Vernell Gray says

    To the Willis Family
    May the peace of God be with you all
    His eyes is on the sparrow.
    From Sisters Vernell & Esther Gray of MGMBC.

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      Susan Willis Linyear says

      Thank you Vernell and Gray Family!

      We so appreciate your care and prayers.
      Sis. Garris and Susan & Steph

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    Vernell Gray says

    To the Willis Family
    May the peace of God be with you all.
    His eyes is on the sparrow and I know he watches me.
    From Sisters Vernell & Esther Gray of MGMBC.

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    Wanda Dew says

    Condolences to the Willis family. Praying God keep y’all in his loving arms through this difficult time.

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    Estherine J. Harding says

    Deepest sympathy and prayers to the Willis family in the passing of your loved Bishop Levi Willis, the II. May God bless and comfort each of you during this difficult time.
    I have much love and respect for the Willis family as the late Levi, the III was SGA president at Norfolk State University during my tenure as financial aid director. I enjoyed working with him as he displayed much love, care, and thoughtfulness.

    Estherine J. Harding, NSU Retiree
    2016 Distinguished Alumna

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    Ernest and Marva Davis says

    To the Willis family may the peace of God be with you at this time we are praying for your strength.
    Elder Ernest & Marva Davis

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    Carla Hamlin says

    May God’s love hold y’all close,comfort you and carry you through. Praying for you during your loss.

    Sympathy and prayers from Carla Pete-Hamlin
    And family

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    Thomas & Jeanette Loyd says

    Jeanette & Thomas Loyd are praying for the Family of our dear friend and brother , the late Bishop L.E. Willis II. We will truly miss you!

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    Rev. Dr. Kenneth E. Lillard says

    Deepest sympathy and sincerest condolences to the Willis Family at the passing of Bishop Levi E. Willis, II. May God wrap His arms of love and comfort around the Family and grant you His peace.

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    De’Shawna Martin says

    I’m sending my prayers and condolences to my uncle Jay and aunt Cookie and the rest of the Willis family. I remember him from a long time ago and now he’s gone to heaven. You may rest in peace, Bishop Willis.🥺🥺🥺🥺🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽💔💔💔💔🕊️🕊️🕊️🕊️

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    Rev. Dr. James Edwards, lll says

    Reverend Dee and I offer our sincere condolences to Sister Firstlady Judith and the Willis’ family on the passing of our friend and brother in the ministry , Bishop Levi. Rest in peace my Huntersville younger brother of our community.

    Rev. Dr. James Edwards, lll
    Retired Pastor/Author
    Product of the Huntersville Community

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    Lamont Simmons says

    “My condolences”

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    Supt.James Parker Weaver lll says

    A Giant among men! He will truly be missed 🙏🏽😔

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    Henry Hoot; Vice President; Chesapeake Portsmouth Broadcasting. says

    Bishop Willis II was a great friend with a heart to
    preach the gospel anywhere and everywhere. We worked hand in hand to spread the gospel over many radio stations
    together. He was always kind, and as most of you know, he
    always chose the best places to have lunch together:)
    I will miss him greatly.

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    Chrystall Elliott Smith says

    Dear Willis Family,
    Bishop was “One In A Million”. May God Bless you and and His Peace be with you all… and with the members and officials of G.O.G.I.C Family.

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    Kristin Stancil says

    Tiffani, Jonathan, and Willis Family,

    You all are in my prayers during this time. May God grant you all comfort, peace, and understanding. God bless you.

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    T Hines says

    Sending love and uplifting prayers for comfort during this time.. God bless the family and the Jurisdiction.

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    Denise Hinton-Dabney says

    My prayers are with the Family. Let Comforter of the Holy Ghost be with the family and Jurisdiction.

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    Patricia Weaver says

    Praying for the Family of Levi. He was always a very kind person. May God give you the strength to get through this time of sorrow. Please keep his memories close to your heart always.

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    Janice Johnson says

    Sister Judith and family, you are in my thoughts and prayers on the loss of Bishop Willis. I have fond memories and Bishop Willis and your family, love and friendship through the years.

    God bless you all during the difficult time!

    Love & Blessings,
    Janice Johnson

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    Zion fellowship Christian Center says

    Great Is thy faithfulness. Keeping the family in our prayers. 🙏

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    Rev. Alphonso L. Felton says

    May the God of all comfort be with the entire Willis family during your time of bereavement. My thoughts and prayers are with you all and I hope you all are finding peace and healing through the mercy of God’s unchanging hands.

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    Bishop Allan A. Broom, Sr. says

    May God wrap His loving arms around the Willis family during your time of bereavement. Our prayers are with you all. May the God of comfort, peace, and healing continue to hold you in His arms. May God continue to bless all of you and may heaven continue to smile on you.

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    Vondra Bailey Selden says

    Thoughts and prayers continue to be with the entire Willis Family.

    The Selden & Mackey Family

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