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Willis, Albert Teddy

Willis, Albert Teddy

Male 1941 - 2015  (74 years)

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  • Name Willis, Albert Teddy 
    Birth 9 Jun 1941 
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number I58352 
    Death 11 Jun 2015  Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Burial Cedars Cemetery, Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I58352  Caswell County
    Last Modified 23 Sep 2023 

    Father Willis, William Henry,   b. 26 Jul 1905, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 8 Jun 1979, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 73 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Butts, Mary Louise,   b. 1 Sep 1909   d. 25 Apr 1979 (Age 69 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Marriage Oct 1927 
    Reference Number 683427 
    Family ID F15926  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 11 Jun 2015 - Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - - Cedars Cemetery, Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    The Caswell Messenger 8 September 2021
    Albert Teddy Willis

    Albert Teddy Willis Grave Marker
    Albert Teddy Willis Grave Marker

    Caswell County Sheriff Department
    Caswell County Deputy Sheriff Albert Teddy Willis Shot Douglas Dunn 1981
    Albert Teddy Willis Political Advertisement 1982

  • Notes 
    • Albert Teddy Willis (1941-2015)

      Albert Teddy Willis (1941-2015)

      Caswell County Sheriff's Office

      Caswell County Sheriff's Office 1966

      Caswell County Deputy Sheriff Albert Teddy Willis Shot Douglas Dunn

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      First Photograph:

      Yanceyville, N.C. -- Bobby Poteat took the oath of office Monday as Caswell County's new sheriff and announced the appointment of five deputies. The new deputies are Sam Hamlett, Teddy Willis, Harold Meeler, Ed Gwynn, and Lewis Satterfield. All but Hamlett have served as deputies in the past. Both Willis and Gwynn already were deputies when Poteat took over. Poteat, a deputy himself for over seven years until he resigned early this year to run for office, defeated incumbent Frank Daniel in the May Democratic primary.

      Although never before a deputy, Hamlett is not without prior law enforcement experience. He has been constable in Pelham Township for the past 10 years.

      Willis has been with the sheriff's department on a parttime basis for the past three years. He became a fulltime deputy a year ago. He also has served as the Milton town officer.

      Gwynn, the first Negro to serve as a deputy sheriff in Caswell County in this century, was appointed by Daniel two years ago to work on a parttime basis. Under Poteat he will become a fulltime deputy.

      Meeler, from Leasburg, served as a deputy for about one month last year. He has been farming since.

      Satterfield, whose primary responsibility will be jailor and dispatcher, served under Daniel in this capacity until about two years ago when he was released following a disagreement.

      Source: Danville Register & Bee (Danville, Virginia), 5 December 1966.

      Second Photograph:

      Heading: Caswell County's New Sheriff's Department

      Text: Shown above are the members of the County's new Sheriff's Department. Seated, is Sheriff Bobby Poteat of Providence. Standing, left to right, Lewis Satterfield of Yanceyville, Linwood H. (Sam) Hamlett of Pelham, Harold C. Meeler of Leasburg, Teddy Willis of Milton and J. Edd Gwynn of the Jones Community. The new sheriff and his deputies took office on December 5.

      Source: The Caswell Messenger (Yanceyville, North Carolina), 5 December 1966.

      Last Photograph: Caswell County Deputy Sheriff Albert Teddy Willis Shot Douglas Dunn, The Herald-Sun (Durham, North Carolina), 20 October 1981.

      A former Caswell County sheriff's deputy was supposed to receive his service revolver in a ceremony marking his retirement, but he was detained literally! Just hours before Friday's event in Yanceyville, Teddy Willis was arrested in Person County for allegedly buying 15 pounds of marijuana. "He was in custody at the time (of the ceremony) so I don't think he could make that date," said Person County Sheriff Dennis Oakley. Deputies contacted Willis at his attorney's office in Yanceyville on Friday morning and arranged for him to turn himself in later the same day, Oakley said. Willis was charged with two counts of conspiracy to traffic in marijuana and was initially placed under a $500,000 bond. District Judge Mike Gentry reduced that to $25,000, which Willis posted, Oakley said. Willis was released late Friday and is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 11, Oakley said. Sheriff's deputies observed Willis, 61, and a coconspirator, who has not been arrested, buying the marijuana at a house that deputies had under surveillance last Tuesday, Oakley said. Caswell County Manager Jeff Earp said he had planned to hand Willis his revolver in a 1 p.m. ceremony Friday. "It's our policy that if you are retired law enforcement you can request your weapon," Earp said. Willis retired in December after working in law enforcement in Caswell County for 34 years, Earp said. He was a sheriff's deputy and a lake warden for Farmer Lake.

      Source: WFMY-TV, 4 Feb 2003.

      Roxboro, N.C. - On the same day he was to be honored for his 34 years of law enforcement service, Teddy Willis, a former Caswell County sheriff's candidate and the recently retired county lake warden, was arrested and charged with two counts of conspiracy to traffic 15 pounds of marijuana. According to police reports, the alleged trafficking incident took place on Jan. 28 in a single-family house at 641 Gordonton Road in Person County. No further details were available. Willis, 61, of 11889 Academy St. in Milton, was arrested Friday by Person County sheriff's officials, and initially placed under $500,000 bond. That amount was reduced the following day to $25,000 by Judge Mike Gentry in a move that puzzled Person County Sheriff Dennis M. Oakley.

      "I don't understand it," Oakley said. "To me, that's a ridiculously low value for the amount of drugs involved and the seriousness of the charge." Gentry defended his decision to lower the bond, saying he felt Willis was not a flight risk or a danger to the public. "I see absolutely no danger to the citizens of North Carolina in letting Teddy Willis get out of jail," Gentry said, adding that the likelihood of Willis receiving an active jail sentence if convicted of the charges is extremely low. He said a more likely sentence would be house arrest. Gentry said he has known Willis for more than 20 years, but stopped short of calling him a friend. As a condition of the lowered bond, Willis agreed to warrantless searches and seizures, according to Gentry, which allows his person or vehicle to be searched at any time without probable cause.

      Willis was released from the Person County Jail on Saturday after bond was posted by James Taft "Snake" Ashby, a former Caswell County sheriff's deputy and the father of Yanceyville Mayor Rene Burns, and H. Leon Richmond, a prominent Caswell County tobacco farmer. Willis served as Caswell County lake warden for more than 10 years and retired in December, according to Caswell County Manager Jeff Earp. Prior to that, Willis was a long-time Caswell County sheriff's deputy.

      Willis was the top vote-getter in the 1982 Democratic primary for Caswell County sheriff, besting then-sheriff J.I. Smith by 66 votes. However, Willis failed to receive the majority required for victory. In a run-off, Willis lost to Smith 3,158 to 2,888, according to the Caswell County Board of Elections.

      Earp was scheduled to present Willis with a pair of pistols at a Friday night ceremony honoring his years of service to Caswell County. Instead, Willis was being held in the Person County Jail. "It took me for a loop, but I don't want to rush to judgment," Earp said.

      Person County Sheriff's Capt. C. B. Clayton said the arrest was part of an on-going investigation, adding more arrests are expected to follow. Clayton said the marijuana had a value of about $1,200 a pound.

      North Carolina, Birth Indexes, 1800-2000
      Name: Albert Teddy Willis
      Gender: Male
      Race: White
      Event Type: birth
      Birth Date: 9 Jun 1941
      Birth County: Catawba [Caswell]
      Parent1 Name: Wm Henry Willis
      Parent2 Name: Mary Lorene Willis
      Roll Number: NCVR_B_C021_68003
      Volume: 13
      Page: 882

      U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1
      Name: Teddy Willis
      Birth Date: 9 Jun 1941
      Address: PO Box 2, Milton, NC, 27305-0002 (1992)

      Yanceyville, North Carolina: Albert Teddy Willis of 1086 Main Street, passed away Thursday June 11, at the Brian Center Nursing Home. He was born June 9, 1941, in Caswell County, North Carolina, to the late William Henry Willis (1905-1979) and Mary Louise Butts Willis (1909-1979). He worked for many years with the Caswell County Sheriff Department and as the Farmer’s Lake Warden. He was the Constable of Milton at the time of his decline in health.

      Survivors are sisters Doris Pierce of Yanceyville, Mary Stowe and husband Calvin of Yanceyville, Nancey Kallam of Reidsville, Linda Lynch and husband Levi of Chester, Virginia. Betty Sue Willis and companion, Becky, brothers, Roy Willis and wife Helen of Providence,, Ronnie Houston Willis of Ringgold, Virginia. and lots of nephews and nieces.

      He was predeceased by his parents, sisters, Rebecca Underwood, Judy Willis, brothers, Tommy, Bob, Dude, Billy and James Willis.

      There will be no formal visitation, but the Register book may be signed at Harrelson Funeral Home, Yanceyville. A Memorial graveside service will be 11 am Tuesday June 16, 2015 at Cedar’s Cemetery conducted by Pastor Wayne Jones. In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Western Carolina Chapter, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, N.C. 28215. Harrelson Funeral Service is assisting the Willis family and condolences may be made at