Thurston Leroy Willis (1913-1991)

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Thurston L. Willis was born 20 July 1913 in Lebam, Pacific County, Washington, United States to William Barlow Willis (1882-1938) and Effie Taylor (1889-1983) and died 30 December 1991 in Portsmouth, Virginia, United States of unspecified causes. He married Evelyn Francis Morrow (1913-2005) April 1943 in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. Ancestors are from the United States.


Offspring of Thurston L. Willis and Evelyn Francis Morrow (1913-2005)  ¢
Name Birth Death Joined with
W. Willis (living)



[Need to insert additional information abut TL. prior to his marriage to Evelyn.]

At the outbreak of World War II Thurston was station near Bremerton Washington. He met his future wife Evelyn Frnacis Mororw after coming in from a patrol. She was a volunteer maning a submarine spotting tower nearby.

Evelyn and Thurston married in 1943, during the height of World War II. Thereafter they followed a military life, moving from community to community as orders directed. During World War II much of these movements were related to short stays in various towns along the east coast where Thurston attended military training schools. Toward the end of the war he 'shipped out' for the Pacific theater as a lieutenant-junior grade. During this time Evelyn lived with Thurston's mother in Raymond Washington, with their one-year old son.

Following Thurston's return from the Pacific the family moved to the Los Angeles area of California, where they purchased their first home in Long Beach. Here a second son, and a daughter were born. In 1954 the family moved to the Seattle area, where they lived until 1959. They then moved to Cape May New Jersey, where Thurston served as the Executive Officer on the Coast Guard Training vessel, the Unimak. In 1960 they moved for the last time to Portsmouth Virginia, purchasing a home in the Churchland area. Here Thurston retired in 1964 with close to 30 years of service.

Thurston then took a job in the civilian sector, working for the Virginia State Employment Commission, where he worked an additional 20 years (?) before finally retiring for good about 1985. After Thurston's death in 1991, Evelyn moved to a military retirement community in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Here she lived out the remainder of her life, dying in November of 2005. She and Thurston are buried together in Arlington National Cemetery.


DOB: 20 Jul 1913
POB: Lebam, Pacific Co, WA
DOD: 30 Dec 1991
POD: Portsmouth, VA
Burial: Arlington National Cemetery, Washington DC
Spouse: Evelyn Francis Morrow (1913-2005)
DOM: April 1943
POM: Baltimore, MD
Father: William Barlow Willis (1882-1938)
Mother: Effie Taylor (1889-1983)


Abner Willis Eve Sifers Stephen Clayton  ?? Rev. Charles Kilgore Mary Gray George W. Bond Hannah James T. Taylor Sarah Melvin Frederic Lewis Goldizen Mary Levick Richard Patten Lucy Colville Benjamin Givens Nancy Ann Wannamaugher
Amos Willis Winnie Clayton Isaac Kilgore Nancy Bond Robert Taylor (1826-1874) Amy Goldizen Oliver Washington Patten Nancy Ann Givens
James C Willis Rebecca E. Kilgore Walter Ellesworth Taylor Quitera May Patten
William Barlow Willis (1882-1938) Effie Taylor (1889-1983)
Thurston L. Willis (1913-1991)


Sources and notes

‡ General
  • Family sources.
¢ Children
  • (presumed)


  WMWillis, Robin Patterson

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