My great-uncle Daniel Oscar Willis, M.D.
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Dr. Daniel Oscar Willis was born March 8, 1875 in Rapides
Parish, La. near Long Leaf and
died December 23, 1935
from injuries sustained in an auto accident at LeBeau,
La. He died at the hospital in Bunkie,
He married his first wife Ella Elizabeth Lamberth (b. January 16, 1871; died July 1, 1921) on December 24, 1895. Daniel and Ella had three
children: Murphy Daniel Willis (b. November
13, 1897; d. October 15,
1930 after suffering with Hodgkin's disease for 14 years), Horace
Oscar Willis (b. December 30, 1898;
d. September 22, 1936) and
Pearl Willis (b. October 24, 1900;
d. April 20, 1988 in Baton
Rouge, La.) Pearl Willis was a music teacher for many
years at LSU.
Daniel Oscar Willis married his second wife Mary Hamilton in
1928. They had one child: Hamilton Barrow Willis (b. November 25, 1931; d. ABT. 1990 in St.
Daniel Oscar Willis was buried on what would have been his
and Ella's 40th. wedding anniversary, if they both had
not died prematurely. They are both buried in the Leesville
La. He began his medical practice in 1904
and was the first medical doctor in Vernon Parish, La. He also owned the first automobile in Vernon
Parish. He was in United States Army Medical Corps in World War I and was
commissioned as a Captain in August of 1917.
He owned the Hotel Leesville in Leesville,
He once (after being slandered by a young lawyer in a trial in Leesville)
bodily removed the young lawyer from his room at the Hotel Leesville and
through him in the street. The young
lawyer's name was Huey
Daniel Oscar Willis' parents were Daniel Hubbard Willis, Jr.
(1839-1900) and Julia Ann Graham Willis (1845-1936). Daniel Oscar Willis' siblings were: Henry Elwa Willis (1867-1945), Carvelia S.
Willis (1869-1941), Minnie R. Willis
(1870-1921), David Eugene Willis (1872-1880),
Corine Willis (1873-1873), Robert
Kenneth Willis, Sr. (1877-1951), Ruthey
Madella Willis (1880), Stella Willis
(1881-1881), Julia Coatney Willis (1883-1945), and my
grandfather Randall Lee Willis (1886-1940).