Hortense Willis of Norfolk, VA passed away on September 9, 2018. She was born on July 27, 1928 to the Late Hezekiah Jones Sr. and Laura Crowe Jones in Norfolk, VA. Mother Willis graduated from Booker T. Washington High School and attended classes at the Norfolk Division of Virginia State College (now Norfolk State University). She was the wife of Bishop Levi E. Willis Sr. Mother Willis served as the Co-Pastor of the Garden of Prayer Worship Center and Founding First Lady of the Virginia Third Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction COGIC.
She is survived by four children, Hortense E. Willis, District Missionary Christine L. Willis, Bishop Levi E. Willis II (Judith) and Celestine L. Willis-Brown (Clyde); 6 grandchildren, extended family member Marion Woods, 12 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, saints and friends.