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 a Deputy Coroner for Independence County and a member of the Batesville Kiwanis Club. John and his wife of nineteen years, Danita have three children; Trice (16) a sophomore at Batesville High School, Lillian (11) attends West Magnet and Garyn (4) attends First Presbyterian Day School plus spends time with his Nana. The High's are active members of the First United Methodist Church and love their family time.


Renee Korkis

Renee Korkis, Secretary / Apprentice Funeral Director

Renee Korkis is the secretary and an apprentice funeral director at Willis Funeral Service. She served in the banking industry for over twenty years. Renee and her husband of ten years, Kal have a son Josh (15) a junior at Batesville High School and a daughter, Gracie (5) is in kindergarten at West Elementary this fall. The Korkis' are active members of the Cave City First FWB Church and love to spend time outdoors.


Fonda Johnson

Fonda Johnson, Funeral Assistant

Fonda Johnson is a funeral assistant at Willis Funeral Service. Fonda is a lifelong resident of Independence County. She and her husband of seven years, Dub live in the Spring Mill area, she has a daughter Summer (15) who is a junior at Southside High School and a step daughter Kayla Rogers who lives in Little Rock. The Johnsons love to camp and fish.


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 Barbara have three daughters, Robin, Heather and Amy.