Sunrise for Fredrick "Bo" Willis, Sr., was September 30, 1969, in Waco, Texas to Clarence and Martha Willis. Fredrick was a loving son, brother, father, nephew, uncle, cousin, and friend. He entered this world with his twin sister, Fredna, and they developed a bond like no other, which made them inseparable. He accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized in the Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. Eugene Carter.
Fredrick attended schools in the Waco Independent School District and was a proud graduate of the Waco High School Class of 1988. During high school, he played basketball and was known for his extraordinary athletic talents. Many knew him as "Bo," and he later acquired the name "Mud" from his basketball coaches. His exceptional skill set on the basketball court made him no stranger to the game and earned him many accolades.
While in high school, he recognized the responsibilities of being gainfully employed at Genie Car Wash and Fast Lube under the guiding hands of his father, who trained him. While there, he developed a great work ethic that began at the age of sixteen and continued over a span of thirty-four years. Throughout his career, he established an excellent talent that made many customers appreciative of his work. “Bo” went on to follow in his father's footsteps, co-owning the Show ‘N Tell Detail Shop where he employed several of his family members. As an immaculate car detailer, his work spoke for itself. In acknowledging himself, his response was, “I’m Gucci; I’m Prada.”
“Bo” loved his family, and he loved to make people laugh. He was always the life of the party and never met a stranger. While growing up in the Willis household, the children could not leave the table until they ate all their food; however, “Bo” kindly created a deal with his siblings and agreed to eat the spinach, carrots, greens, beets (every vegetable a kid didn't like) if he was given their kool-aid or ice cream in return. This led to his mother giving him the name "Mikey". His infectious spirit and constant good humor made him easy to love. No matter how hard life hit Bo, he remained positive and always had a kind heart. His family could always count on him.
“Bo” was proceeded in death by his mother, Martha Virginia Willis, his maternal and paternal grandparents, and his oldest granddaughter Taniya Willis.
Sunset came for Fredrick "Bo" Willis on Monday, May 18, 2020. He leaves to cherish his memories and carry out his legacy: his father Clarence Robert Willis, Jr.; a loving companion of thirty-four years, LaShunda Birks; two devoted sons, Fredrick (LaSonya) Willis, Jr. and Cedrick Willis; two loving granddaughters, Nakiya and ZaMiya Willis whom he loved unconditionally, all of Waco, Texas; his one and only brother, Clarence R. Willis, III, of Grand Prairie, Texas; seven devoted and loyal sisters, Terry McDaniels, Paula Hemphill, Pamela DeGrate, Detchria Willis, Alicia Willis, Angela Willis and his twin Fredna Willis all of Waco, Texas; two uncles, Otto Watkins and George Watkins of Waco, Texas; seven aunts, Vicky (Aurbrie) Johnson, Claudia (Richard) Fox, Catherine Ransom, Lovie Baines, and Evelyn Bryant all of Waco, Texas,Helen (Walter) Goldsmith of Mesquite, Texas and Patricia (Billie) Brooks of Desoto, Texas; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends that he loved dearly.
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