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Funeral services for Willard Hand, 81, Pottersville, Missouri, will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, November 18, 2022, at the Pottersville Baptist Church with Brother Jerry Arnold officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, West Plains.

He was born the son of the late Jim Hand and Rachel Harrod Hand, on July 11, 1941 in Alton, Missouri and died November 15, 2022 at his home in Pottersville, Missouri. He was united in marriage November 5, 1960 in Alton, Missouri to Gail Brewer.

He is survived by his wife, Gail Brewer Hand, Pottersville, Missouri; six children, Jeffrey “Tommy” Wilson and wife Tammy, Alton, Illinois, Billy Hand and wife Lora, Pottersville, Missouri, Suzanna Johnston and husband Brian, Pottersville, Missouri, Michelle Jackson and husband, Tracy, Pottersville, Missouri, Loni Ellis and husband Chet, Springfield, Missouri, and Leslie Harris and husband Joel, Nixa, Missouri; fourteen grandchildren, Natosha Hunter, Joey Wilson, Kaiyla Bruffett, Kyle Jarvis, Dakota Hand, Clayton Johnston, Londyn McKee, Sierra Pacheco, Payton Ellis, Olive Ellis, Winston Ellis, Aniston Harris, Henley Harris, and Crosby Harris; ten great grandchildren, Matthew Hunter, Trenton Hunter, Bailey Hunter, Bryceton Bruffett, Zevi Holt, Sylas Bruffett, Maddox Bruffett, Ripkin Holt, Emmett Jarvis, and Hadley Johnston; one brother and two sisters.

He was preceded in death by his parents and several brothers and sisters.

He was a member of the Pottersville Baptist Church and was saved at a very early age. He loved to cut hay and be in the hayfields. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them all. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shop With A Cop organization and can be left at the funeral home.

Visitation will be Thursday, November 17, 2022 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Pottersville Baptist Church, Pottersville, Missouri.

Burial will be in Pottersville Cemetery, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.



  1. Belinda
    November 17, 2022 @ 11:42 am

    Suzanna I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. You and your family will be in my prayers.

  2. Craig and Sherri Cromer
    November 17, 2022 @ 5:54 pm

    To the Family we are so sorry for your loss. What great man he was and I know he will be missed. You are in thoughts and prayers

  3. Darrell Strain
    November 18, 2022 @ 9:30 am

    My sympathy to the family
    Darrell Strain

  4. Dessa Taylor
    November 18, 2022 @ 12:31 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear this. My Condolences to the family. ❤️

  5. Steve and Betty Queen
    November 18, 2022 @ 1:56 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. Willard was one of the best people we ever met. Did not find out about his passing until after we got home Friday afternoon. Our deepest sympathies.

  6. Cindy Kirkland
    November 20, 2022 @ 6:16 am

    We are so sorry for your loss, he was a hard worker and kind person. Keeping you all in my prayers.

  7. Donald & Fairy Hensley Hensley
    November 29, 2022 @ 7:22 pm

    We are sorry for your loss. We have just heard about Willard’s passing. His family was our next door neighbor and I spent lots of fun times and sweet memories in the family home with them. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. Kim
    December 13, 2022 @ 6:57 pm

    So sorry for your loss..The family is in my thoughts and prayers as you navigate the holidays and the loss..