Devan Antwaun Willis

Life Reflections of Devan Antwaun Willis

Devan loved three things for sure—his mother and brothers, his children and music! All his life he was looking after his mother and twin brothers. That’s why his grandma Diane nicknamed him “Grandpa”! With his sons, he made sure they participated in not only school activities but sports as well. When Tanya’s health failed, Devan kicked in to be right by her side, taking her to doctors’ appointments, emergency room visits and recently as her home health care assistant.

He attended Marion Franklin High School and Linden McKinley High School in Columbus, Ohio and Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. Devan also completed a certificate program.

He was a fierce competitor, never wanting to lose at anything. Christmas ugly sweater contest, Devan won. The 80’s party outfits, Devan came as Tupac and if you asked him, he won.

He also had a love for cooking, always sharing recipes and cooking tips with his Uncle Keith and if you asked either of them, both would say, “that they could cook the best”.

Devan accepted Christ at a very young age joining Mt. Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church and played drums for the church as well.

Devan was preceded in death by grandfather Roscoe V. Willis, Great Grandmother Doris Butler. A proud and loving father to his children, Jadan, Tevan, Martez, Deviion, Derrion, who will carry on Devan’s legacy. He also leaves behind his mother, Tanya D. Willis; father, Carl “Monty” Roddy (Christine); God-father, Stuart Strother; brothers, Rashawn Willis and Dashawn Willis; step-sisters, Latifah, Tiffiny, Azizah, Montiya; grandmother, Clara Stigger; uncle, Keith A. Willis, Sr. (Ericca) of St. Louis, MO; great aunt, Deloris Carter; great uncle, Ken Butler (Shirley) of Chicago, IL; great uncle, Andrew Butler (Cornelia) of Detroit, MI; cousins, Antoinette Walker, Natosha Willis, Brittany Davison, Keith A Willis, Jr., Keion A. Willis, Richard C. Carter (Liane), and Kaysha Carter.

Other special people in the life of Devan include: Chace Holland, Nikia Jamerson, Sentorius Earthman, Tony Earthman, Jr., TJ Cornett, Torri Cornett, Earnest Roddy, Jr., Jonte Roddy, Jamaar Carter, Darren Agurs, Jr., Tony Brock, Adam Collier,  Ciara Banks, Ebony Brihm and Jay Holland.

Visitation 5:00pm-9:00pm Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at New Birth Christian Ministries, 3475 Refugee Rd. Funeral 10:00am Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at New Birth Christian Ministries, 3475 Refugee Rd

Interment at Green Lawn Cemetery.

Condolence Messages

  1. Calvin(Valerie) Thomas Jr. And Family :

    The loss of a loved one is hard enough but nothing can compare with the loss of a child…no matter what age. May the peace of God strengthen your heart , mind and spirit. May you find assurance in knowing that he now rests in the arms of Jesus Christ.

  2. We loved him but GOD loved him more. I havent seen you since you were a little boy. Rest in peace cousin, we will meet again in GLORY .! Tanya Tee Clark. & Family

  3. To the family of Devan, I am truly sorry for your loss! Death is one of the most difficult situations we must face. In the very near future, death will be eliminated forever! (Isaiah 25:8) We have God’s promise at Revelation 21:4, “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.” May you find comfort in God’s promises at this difficult time.

  4. Darlene Edwards :

    My prayer and condolences are with the family.
    Weeping may endureth for a night but joy cometh in the Morning.
    Hold your heads up be encourage.

  5. Jennifer Ugarte :

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I can only imagine how you must feel. I have found comfort in scriptures like Job 14:14,15 which remind me that God cares so deeply for us that he yearns for the day when he will bring us back to life on earth (John 5:28, 29). I hope that these words bring you comfort as well.

  6. TJ Cornett II :

    May the Strength of God’s Holy Spirit keep our minds in perfect peace during such a trying time.

    Dev was full of Love and celebration even in some of the most stressful situations life could present. He believed in Psalms 30:5 and how sadness may last through the night, but joy and happiness will come in the morning.

    One of our Devan’s favorite spiritual songs has these lyrics that he would sing all the time, “My soul has been anchored in the Lord!”

    In Love with our Deepest Sympathy,
    TJ Cornett II and Family.

  7. Betty Humphrey :

    Dear family we are sorry to hear about your loss death is difficult for family and friends however the Bible holds out hope for our deceased love ones found in the Bible book of John chapter 5 and verses 28 and 29. Why not read these scriptures in your personal copy of the Bible.

    Peacefully Yours
    For additional information about the resurrection hope please refer to JW.Org

  8. Ashley Evans :

    Devan was a wonderful person inside and out. When I first meet him we connected. He will truly be missed. Ms. Tonya I will be praying for you and his children.

  9. Serrina Jackson :

    Devan is my 25 year rock solid love, best friend, his smile lit up the universe, his eyes saw the future, his mind so big it accomplished all it sought, his heart so loving, and his soul do strong he carried the weight of the universe and never broke, the way he loved his family was so astounding, God has his reward ready, Devan lived with no limits if he could see it in his mind to him it could be done. He spoke with sheer conviction, he picked me up when I was low, carried me when I didn’t think I could go on, I held on to his every word. He is at peace, Devan is a legend and legends live forever!!! Mom and grandma I love y’all so much hold on to his love he left empty, he is a old soul way ahead of his time!! You two women are the strongest women I know. Mom thank you for birthing such a God bodied man, he turned whatever he touched to Gold, I love you always and forever your RIRI!!!!!! You sure have blessed all the lives you touched

  10. Serrina jackson :

    Today makes 6 months and it’s been the painful I miss you and love you with everything in me dev, not a single sec passes that you aren’t on my mind, in my thoughts, my dreams, my visions, or my ears!! You’re the best thing that ever happen to me I’m at peace knowing you and mom are back together and I surely can’t wait to see you again. Until we do I’m carrying you everywhere I go dev, love your RiRi

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