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

Mrs. Sandi Willis Martin

Mrs. 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.


Mr. Jimmy Cooper

Mr. Jimmy Cooper, Licensed Funeral Director, Manager


Mrs. Devon Hightower

Mrs. Devon Hightower, Administrative Services


Mr. Timothy Sturch

Mr. Timothy Sturch, Funeral Director Apprentice


Mr. Richard Martin

Mr. Richard Martin, Owner


Mr. Mark Reeves

Mr. Mark Reeves, Full Time Funeral Director Assistant