Amis, Willis Frank

Willie Frank Amis is descendant from a long line of prominent families in the Dallas County area, including the AMIS, KNIGHT & CLIFTON families of Sparkman, Manchester and Owen Townships. Willie service as the Justice of Peace for Dallas County for over 58 years beginning in 1910. Willie was the oldest of nine children born to Paul Franklin & Mary Caroline (Clifton) Amis.

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First Generation

1. Willie Frank AMIS was born in Willow, Dallas County, Arkansas, on 10 Jan 1888. Willie died on 9 Nov 1976; he was 88. Willie was buried in Sparkman Cemetery, Sparkman, Dallas County, Arkansas. Occupation: Justice of the Peace, Manchester & Owen Townships (1910 ~1974).

On 2 Nov 1909 when Willie was 21, he married Mary Rebecca LAUNIUS, daughter of George William Pleasant LAUNIUS (8 February 1866-7 February 1946) & Katie Luevinia YOUNG (18 October 1870-24 October 1902), in Jacinto, Dallas County, Arkansas. Mary was born in Arkansas in 1890.

They had the following children:

2 i. Althea Elva (1912-)
3 ii. Mary Louvinia (1913-)
4 iii. James Clifton (1915-1995)
5 iv. Bernes Frank (1917-1991)
6 v. Frances Pleasant (1920-)
7 vi. Annie Josephine (1923-)

Second Generation
Family of Willie Frank AMIS (1) & Mary Rebecca LAUNIUS

2. Althea Elva AMIS (Willie Frank1 ). Althea was born in Arkansas in 1912.

3. Mary Louvinia AMIS (Willie Frank1). Mary was born in Arkansas in 1913.

4. James Clifton AMIS (Willie Frank1). James was born in Dalark, Dallas County, Arkansas, on 24 August 1915. James died in Florida on 17 October 1995; he was 80.

On 24 December 1934 when James was 19, he married Nancy Lee Gwinnell BEARD, in Dallas County, Arkansas. Nancy was born in Ouachita County, Arkansas, in 1920.

They had the following children:
8 i. Jimmy Clifton
9 ii. Sandra Mae
10 iii. Keith Lane
11 iv. Kenneth Wayne

5. Bernes Frank AMIS (Willie Frank1). Bernes was born in Arkansas on 2 November 1917. Bernes died on 11 July 1991; he was 73. Bernes was buried in DeLamar Cemetery, Manning, Dallas County, Arkansas.

On 19 August 1939 when Bernes was 21, he married Nettie Lee LANGLEY, daughter of Andrew F. LANGLEY (30 June 1881-6 March 1925) & Hettie Lee HOOD (14 Sepember 1885-2 June 1958), in Dallas County, Arkansas. Nettie was born in 1920.

They had the following children:
12 i. Duane R.
13 ii. Tony Eldon
14 iii. Gary Frank

6. Frances Pleasant AMIS (Willie Frank1). Frances was born in Arkansas in 1921.

On 24 June 1939 Frances Pleasant married Luther WAGES, in Dallas County, Arkansas. Luther was born in 1918.

7. Annie Josephine AMIS (Willie Frank1). Annie was born in Arkansas in 1923.

Third Generation
Family of James Clifton AMIS (4) & Nancy Lee Gwinnell BEARD

8. Jimmy Clifton AMIS (James Clifton 2, Willie Frank1).

9. Sandra Mae AMIS (James Clifton 2, Willie Frank1).

10. Keith Lane AMIS (James Clifton 2, Willie Frank1).

11. Kenneth Wayne AMIS (James Clifton 2, Willie Frank 1).

Family of Bernes Frank AMIS (5) & Nettie Lee LANGLEY

12. Duane R. AMIS Sr. (Bernes Frank 2, Willie Frank 1).

Duane married Julia Ann McGAUGH.

They had the following children:

15 i. Karen Liane
16 ii. Duane Rodney

13. Tony Eldon AMIS (Bernes Frank 2, Willie Frank 1).

14. Gary Frank AMIS (Bernes Frank 2, Willie Frank 1).

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