Tony Ray Willis

Tony Ray Willis


Sept. 13, 1950 — Nov. 5, 2020

News Staff
Tue, 12/01/2020 – 16:14

  • Tony Ray Willis

    Tony Ray Willis


Tony Ray Willis was born Sept. 13, 1950, in Hobart, OK, to Bill and Billie Willis. He joined the home with his older brother Danny. Ten years later, Mary Penner was born and 12 years later his little sister, Lynn Penner was added to the family.

Tony worked at many odd jobs until he made the decision to join his father in law enforcement. His early years were spent in Sterling, Cyril and Comanche County. In September of 1976 he went to work for the Town of Burns Flat. He stayed there, until March of 2017 when he retired as Chief of Police, a position he had held since 1990. In addition to his work as an officer, Tony worked with the OHP, Cadet Lawman and CLEET.

On July 5th, 1971, he married Alana McIntyre and to this union two children were born, Aleshia Dawn and Billy Justin. On April 28, 1976, he married Sheila Hester and to this union one child was born, Christy Michelle.

On June 20, 1986, Tony and Denise St. John were married. This increased the children count by 3, adding Sherron, Sharla and Marc.

There were so many fun things done over the years from sporting activities, to camping, fishing trips to vacation trips. We went to Cancun; Las Vegas; Washington D.C.; Tampa, Florida; Branson, Missouri; Lafayette, Louisiana; Los Angeles, California as well as many other places.

Tony enjoyed many things in his life but the Lord and his church were his main priority. This was closely followed by his wife, children, his mom, grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as the rest of the family. He also enjoyed having coffee at the coffee shop with Danny Ferkins every morning. Tony often said that if he won the lottery, he still wanted to build a home in Burns Flat.

He is preceded in death by his father; 2 brothers, Danny Lee Willis and Buddy Penner; nephew, Brad Willis and brother-in-law, Keith Thornhill.

Tony is survived by his wife, Denise, of the home in Burns Flat, OK; his mother, Billie Kerdus, Weatherford, OK; his children Aleshia Buckner and husband, Andrew, Tulsa, OK; Sherron Brown and husband, Sean, Bixby, OK; Bill Willis and wife, Jennifer, Hobart, OK; Sharla Haworth and husband, Jonathan, Weatherford, OK; Christy Willis and Marc St. John, Burns Flat, OK; grandchildren, Mariah Wooldridge, Ryan Nash, Hayden, David, Davina, Sydney and Isaiah Buckner; Trenton Knight and wife, Tonia, Taylor Prince and husband, Nick; Justin Willis and wife, Lexi, Miranda, and Linda Willis; Natalie, Dyllan, and Braylan Haworth; Elizabeth and Analyse Willis, Braxton Waddell; Ryleigh and Addyson St. John, Mason Miller, Taylyn St. John; great grandchildren, Sabastian, Jaxson and Elijah Wooldridge, Benjamin Buckner; Rayleigh and Hagen Knight; will be blessed with 3 more; sisters, Mary Thornhill, Weatherford, OK; Lynn Wood and husband Scott, Lubbock, TX as well as a host of nieces, nephew, other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services were held Tuesday November 10, 2020, at 10:30 A.M. at the Don Lemke Gymnasium in Burns Flat. Burial will be at North Burns Cemetery under the direction of Chris Whinery and the staff of Affordable Cremation Service – West. Condolences can be made online at

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