Ellis Wills Jr., was born April 2, 1938, in Cotton Valley to Ellis Wills Sr. and Lula Wills Darton. He was preceded in death by his parents and stepfather, John Darton. He committed his life to Christ at an early age.
Mr. Wills served 12 years in the U.S. Army and received the Purple Heart while serving in Vietnam. After being honorably discharged, he went on to attend Grambling State University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. He was employed by Texaco and Star Enterprise until his retirement in 1995.