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

Mr. Jimmy Cooper

Mr. Jimmy Cooper, Licensed Funeral Director, Manager

Jimmy Cooper, a licensed Funeral Director, is the manager of Willis Funeral Service.

Mr. Mark Reeves

Mr. Mark Reeves, Part Time Funeral Assistant

Mr. Marc Robison

Mr. Marc Robison, Owner/Licensed Funeral Director

Marc and Leslie Robison, Licensed Funeral Director, Owners of Willis Funeral Service.

Mr. Wally Hudson

Mr. Wally Hudson, Funeral Director Apprentice