Details for Willis, Thomas Middlebrook (Atlas Number 5507014579)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5507014579

Data

Marker Number 14579
Atlas Number 5507014579
Marker Title Willis, Thomas Middlebrook
Index Entry Willis, Thomas Middlebrook
Address
City Abilene
County Taylor
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 432040
UTM Northing 3591455
Subject Codes
Marker Year 2008
Designations
Marker Location Masonic Cemetery
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text (June 27, 1859 - November 27, 1937) Born in Bainbridge, Georgia, Thomas Middlebrook Willis was an important early leader in Abilene. Willis moved to Waco, Texas with his parents, Dr. Thomas L. and Mrs. Letitia Willis, in 1866. T.M. Willis first came to this area in 1878 to investigate range possibilities. In 1883, after graduating from the law school of Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee, he moved here and established a practice. In 1886, Willis married Abilene resident Sallie Parker (1865-1954); the couple had eight children. Also in 1886, he was elected City Attorney. Willis later also served as City Judge. In 1937, the Abilene Reporter-News honored him, among others, as one of the city's founders. (2008) Marker is property of the State of Texas