Ernest H. “Ernie” Willey, 89, of Orange, Texas, passed away on May 11, 2018, in Orange.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Burial will follow at Jett Cemetery in Orange.
Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.
Born in Mauriceville, Texas, on August 27, 1928, he was the son of Hammond S. Willey and Violet Peveto. Ernie was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Pine Forest and the Orange County Historical Society. He loved to hunt and fish. Ernie enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hammond and Violet Willey; and his brother Harris Willey.
He is survived by his loving wife, Winnie Willey of Orange, Texas; his children, Mike Willey and significant other, Marjo Mayo of Hurst, Texas, Sam Willey and significant other, Christy Eikenhorst or Orange, Texas, Sylvia Kitchen and husband, Mark Douglas of Pearland, Texas, and Luther Willey and wife, Tammie of Bridge City, Texas; his grandchildren, Tara Fike, Hank Willey, Laura Willey, Hammond Willey and wife April, Rebecca Flatt and husband Brandon, Samuel Kitchen, Ian Kitchen, Michelle Dement and husband Derick, Travis Kitchen, Joseph Willey and wife Erin, Daniel Willey and wife Kortni, and Lindsey Edwards and husband Cody; his great-grandchildren, Emily Ranolls, Payton Ranolls, Tucker Flatt, Cael Flatt, Willow Flatt, Waylon Willey, Joaquin Dement, Jack Willey, Josie Willey, and Kennedy Willey; and his numerous nieces and nephews.
Serving as pallbearers will be members of the Masonic Lodge.