History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Willis Funeral Service first opened on Central Avenue in Batesville in 1995. In 1998, S & S Crematory was built, it was the only crematory within 100 miles of Batesville at that time and was co-owned by Sandi Willis and Dr. Sarah Hays. 

In January 1999, Dr. Hays purchased half interest in the funeral home creating Willis-Hays Funeral Service. The new funeral home on Harrison Street was opened at that time. 

On October 6, 2008, Sandi Willis Martin became sole owner of Willis Funeral Service and S & S Crematory. 

Many families of Independence County and the surrounding North Central Arkansas area have entrusted their loved ones to Willis Funeral Service and S & S Crematory. 

We are very appreciative to these families for their trust in us. 


Our Valued Staff

Sandi Willis Martin

Sandi Willis Martin, Owner / Licensed Funeral Director

Sandi Willis Martin, a licensed funeral director, is owner of Willis Funeral Service. Sandi and her family have served the North Central Arkansas area since 1995. She considers it an honor to work with the many families who have entrusted their loved one to us over the years. Sandi and her husband Rick love to spend time together and with their family.


John High

John High, Manager / Licensed Funeral Director

John High, a licensed funeral director, is manager of Willis Funeral Service. John has served many families in the Batesville area over the years and considers it an honor to serve them each day. He is Associate Lay Pastor at the First United Methodist Church, a Deputy Coroner for Independence County, chairman of the Oaklawn Cemetery Committee and on the board of directors for the Batesville Kiwanis Club. John and his wife of nineteen years, Danita, have three children; Trice (16) a junior at Batesville High School, Lillian (11) attends West Magnet and Garyn (5) attends First Presbyterian Day School plus spends time with his Nana. The Highs are active members in their church and love their family time.


Jennifer Rodgers

Jennifer Rodgers, Executive / Funeral Assistant

Jennifer Rodgers, serves as executive / funeral assistant at Willis Funeral Service. She graduated from UCA in 2005 with a Bachelors in Sociology, from UALR in 2009 with her Masters in Social Work and is a Arkansas licensed social worker. She is a board member for the Independence County Humane Society, treasurer for the Northeast District of the Arkansas United Methodist Conference and serves at First United Methodist Church in many areas. Jennifer and her husband of nine years, Brad, have two children; Parker (5) attends Central Magnet and Kenzie (2) attends the Batesville Montessori School plus spends time with her mommy. The Rodgers' are active members in their church, love the outdoors and their pets.


Robert  Brokaw

Robert Brokaw, Funeral Assistant / Maintenance

Robert Brokaw is a funeral assistant and handles the maintenance duties at Willis Funeral Service. He has worked throughout the Independence County area for many years, serves as a deacon at Weavers Chapel FWB Church and as a Gideon. Robert and his wife of forty six years, Barbara have three daughters, Robin, Heather and Amy. The Brokaws have seven grandchildren and enjoy travelling.


Debbie Crawford

Debbie Crawford, Funeral Assistant

Debbie Crawford is a funeral assistant at Willis Funeral Service. Debbie and her husband of twenty one years, Doug have two children; Dustin (18) is a freshman at Southeastern Free Will Baptist Bible College and Alison (15) is a sophomore at Southside High School. The Crawfords are active members of the Quail Valley FWB Church and love their family time.


Brenda Goforth

Brenda Goforth, Visitation Hostess

Brenda Goforth serves as visitation hostess at Willis Funeral Service. Brenda and her husband, Dwayne, have two children, Danita and Brandon. Brenda is nana to five grandchildren, Trice, Lillian, Blake, Mason & Garyn. The Goforths love to spend time outdoors on their place North of Batesville.