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Oma Lee Hillis, 87
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Mrs. Oma Lee Hillis, 87, of McMinnville died Saturday, March 14, at her home. 

She was born July 4, 1932, in Palmer, TN, was a member of Oakland Church of Christ, and was the owner of Outpost Outdoor. Mrs. Hillis was preceded in death by parents Jay Francis and Ola Meeks Fults and brothers Mitchell Meeks, Vance Meeks, and Earl Fults.

Oma was known for her cooking. Family gatherings and church meals were treated with her noteworthy chicken and dumplings and banana pudding. Her kitchen and back porch were considered the “gathering place” and she considered it a joy to entertain family and friends. She also enjoyed putting puzzles together, crocheting, and spending time with her family. She spent her years of marriage lovingly caring for the husband whom she adored and was the matriarch of five children and a family totaling over 70. Her family fondly remembers the happiness and fulfillment that singing and music brought to her life.

She is survived by her husband of 69 years I.V. Hillis Jr., children Don (Gail) Hillis, Hugh (Denise) Hillis, Mickey Hillis (John) Eldridge, Chip (Linda) Hillis, and Randy (Desiree) Hillis, brother Philip Fults, 17 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and three on the way. Several nieces, nephews, and family friends also survive.

Funeral service was at 12 p.m. noon Monday, March 16, at McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Bob Deason and Philip Fults will officiate. Interment will follow at Crain Hill Cemetery. The Hillis family will received friends Monday at the parlors of McMinnville Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Crain Hill Cemetery Fund. Online condolences may be made at

McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Southern Standard

(McMinnville, Tenn.) March 18, 2020