George Younce’s daughter Dana Willis passes away

Dana Willis, daughter of George Younce and sister-in-law to Ernie Haase, died suddenly yesterday of a heart attack. This has been confirmed on a number of message boards (and in a brief statement on the Singing News website). Her husband Robbie Willis, former Nelons band member, was on a tour up in Michigan at the time. Perhaps because of this, there is no official statement or funeral arrangements yet, but this post will be updated once those are available.

EDIT (8/12/09, 4:47 PM): Ernie Haase has more information and funeral arrangements here. (EDIT 8/6/11: Broken link removed).

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  1. How sad! Will be praying for the family.

  2. What a shock.

  3. This is a shock, she was so young. My heart and prayers go out to her family.

  4. I’m so shocked, and so sad for the family. She was only 47. I met and talked with Dana at several concerts the past couple of years, and at NQC last year…. a very special lady. I’ll miss seeing her in the future. Praying for all the family.

  5. Praying for the Willis, Younce, Haase families as well as the other members of this family. My heart breaks for them as they face this sudden loss. We grieve as ones with the HOPE of Christ, but we do grieve. May God wrap His arms tightly around this family during these trying days and in the days to come.

  6. I worked with Dana and Robbie being in the bus business she’s always a sweetheart, she will truly be missed.

  7. I just got an update from EH&SSQ. Here it is:

    It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Dana Younce Willis, sister of Ernie Haase’s wife, Lisa, and daughter of the late George Younce of the legendary Cathedrals Quartet.

    Dana suffered a heart attack on August 10 and died peacefully in her sleep at her home in Powder Springs, GA. She was 47.

    Memorial Services Open to the Public
    Friday, August 14 — Macland Baptist Church
    Visitation: noon-2 p.m. Funeral Service: 2 p.m.
    3732 Macland Road
    Powder Springs, GA 30127

    Dana was a loving, devoted wife to husband Robbie, with whom she owned Willis Tours, a charter and rental bus company.

    “This is a sad, sad time and a very unexpected event,” says Ernie Haase. “Dana was a truly wonderful sister, sister-in-law and daughter who loved life and was the sweetest person I’ve ever met. We are just devastated by her loss, but know she is happy to be with her father and her Heavenly Father.”

    Dana loved gospel music. It was her life, says Ernie. In celebration of her memory, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound will sing at her homegoing service this Friday.

    • Never got to meet George Youce family, might have seen them at the NQC back then, and other places where Robbie Willis showed up to play drums, but this is sad, since I don’t subscribe to the Singing News anymore, I just learned about this the last day of September 30, 2012. I have met Robbie Willis and the Cathedrals, and other members of the group down through the years, and Mark Trammell and his wife. Have beleived to seen the late Roger Bennett’s wife and children before at the NQC. Robbie was very funny, this is sad, he told me once to ask George had his youngest daughter Tarah had been married off, I did, he clinched his fist at me and said, you better watch it boy in his deepest of voice. Robbie got a kick out of it, how sad for Dana’s family, and loved ones, friends that hold her so dear in their hearts, my heart goes out to them, George thought a lot of his family as we all know and shared with the audience many times as they carried the sound of the Gospel through song across America, and the around different parts of the world. Thank God I bought all those albums, cd’s, and cassettes when I did, they are to find now days, and anybody who has got them, wants a fortune for them.

  8. george younce is my favorite singer i love him a lot…when i heard that he pass away my eyes were filled with tears…more than 1000 times i heard his song…..love him a lot miss you…no one can come like him……love you we love you we love you…..from INDIA

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