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Francis Juanita “Susie” Leitch

1923 - 2017

     Francis Juanita “Susie” Leitch age, 93, of Harrisburg, passed away at 11:55 AM, Sunday, August 20, 2017 at Eldorado Rehab and Healthcare Center, surrounded by her family.
     Susie was born on Friday, November 16, 1923 in Equality to the late Robert “Bob” Esco and Myrtle (Hayes) Stricklin.  She married W. Harry Leitch on January 15, 1947 and he preceded her in death on August 8, 2015.  Susie worked for Pearce Hospital for over 25 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Harrisburg, and a Shrine Lady. Her God, husband, children, grandchildren, friends and neighbors were the important things in her life. She had a green thumb and loved cooking, gardening, and sewing.
     Susie is survived by two daughters, Lisa Benton and husband Gary of Cadiz, Kentucky; Holly Leitch and husband Fred Gillespie of Houston, Texas; two granddaughters, Torie Leigh Benton of Houston, Texas; and Sydney Dixon Gillespie of Houston, Texas; several nieces and nephews including special niece, Margaret “Meg” Justice of Harrisburg; and dear friend, Michele Gaines of Eldorado.
     In addition to her parents, and husband, Susie was preceded in death by two brothers, Arthur “Slim” Stricklin and Edward “Big Boy” Stricklin; sister, Helen Taylor; beloved half-sister, Pearl Mattingly; and three half brothers, Cecil Stricklin, Homer Stricklin, and Bert Stricklin.
     A heartfelt thank you to the staff of Ferrell Hospital, and Eldorado Rehab and Healthcare for their excellent care during Susie’s last days here.
     Funeral services for Francis Juanita “Susie” Leitch will be held at 10 AM, Thursday, August 24, 2017 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg.  Pastor Darrell Eisenhauer will officiate and burial will follow in Cottage Grove Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5 to 8 PM, Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg.  Memorials may be made in Susie’s memory to: Shriner’s Children Hospital, 4400 Clayton Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63110, and envelopes will be available at the funeral home. 

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Charles Lee “Charlie” Conwell

1953 - 2017

     Charles Lee “Charlie” Conwell, age 63 of Harrisburg, formerly of Galatia, passed away at 4:04 AM, Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Herrin Hospital.

     Charlie was born on Wednesday, November 11, 1953 in Harrisburg to the late Charles Kenneth and Edna Lee (Clark) Conwell. Charlie work as a butcher, most recently for Russell Oil Company in Galatia. Charlie was a member of the First Baptist Church of Galatia, and the Galatia Masonic Lodge # 684. He was an avid sports fan and was dedicated to the St. Louis Cardinals. He loved trains and was a Ham Radio Operator.

     Charlie is survived by a son, Russell Conwell of Benton, Illinois; sister, Emily Anderson of Galatia, Illinois; nephew, Randy Anderson and wife Jeanette of Galatia; great nephews, Patrick Anderson, and Tyler Anderson both of Galatia; and ten cousins.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Kenneth Devere Conwell; paternal grandparents, Lawrence and Hariet Conwell; maternal grandparents, Henry and Lizzie Clark; five aunts and uncles; and one cousin.

     Funeral services were held at 11 AM, Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg.  Rev. Derek Downs officiated and burial followed in Ebenezer Cemetery.  Visitation was held from 5 PM to 8 PM, Monday, August 14, 2017 at Reed Funeral Chapel. Masonic rites were at 7 PM and were conducted by the Galatia Mason Lodge # 684. Memorials may be made to Ebenezer Cemetery in Charlie’s honor.  

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Trudy Jo Reed

1962 - 2017

     Daughter of God, Trudy Jo Reed, age 55, of Harrisburg, went to be with her Heavenly Father, August 12, 2017 at her residence, surrounded by her family, after a bravely fought 12 year battle with cancer.

     She was born in Harrisburg on May 6, 1962 to Ronald and Brenda (Thompson) Rann.

     Trudy was married to Chris Wayne Reed on March 21, 1986 and he survives. She was a secretary for Williams and Associates for over 20 years.  She attended Crossroads Bible Church.

     She is survived by: her husband Chris Reed of Harrisburg; 2 sons, Jeremy Wayne Reed of Harrisburg; and Joshua Dale Reed of Harrisburg; parents, Ronald and Brenda Rann of Harrisburg; sister: Ronita Murrie and husband Jeff of Harrisburg; brother, Ronald Rann of Evansville, Indiana; mother-in-law, Utha Angelly of Harrisburg; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins and many friends.

      Services for Trudy were held 11 AM, Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at Reed Funeral Chapel, in Harrisburg. Rev. Chad Everett  officiated. Burial followed in Sunset Lawn  Cemetery in Harrisburg. Visitation was held from 5 PM to 8 PM, Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at Reed Funeral Chapel.  Memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen or Relay for Life.  

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Frank Gibbons, Sr.

1934 - 2017

     Frank Gibbons, Sr., age 83 of Harrisburg, passed away at 6:00 AM, Friday, August 11, 2017, at his residence in Harrisburg. 

     Frank was born on Monday, February 12, 1934, in Harrisburg, to the late Rev. Ray and Carrie (Raymer) Gibbons.  He married Harlene Moore on December 29, 1960 and she survives in Harrisburg.  Frank was a Korean War Veteran who served in the United States Army.  He was a Mine Examiner for Peabody Coal Company and also a Welder for Cadillac Motor Cars in Detroit, Michigan.  Frank formerly attended Crossroads Bible Church.  He was a member in good standing with United Mine Workers of America and the Equality American Legion.  He loved old tractors, hunting and fishing.

     Frank is survived by his wife, Harlene Gibbons of Harrisburg; daughter, Angela Dixon and husband Michael of Carterville; son, Frank Gibbons, Jr. of Harrisburg; granddaughters, Emily Dixon and partner, Brad Isom, of Energy, and Ashton Dixon, of Owensboro, Kentucky; sister, Dorothy Brown of Harrison, Michigan; brothers, Gene Gibbons and wife Nina of Harrisburg, and Art Gibbons of Harrisburg; and several nieces and nephews.

     Frank was preceded in death by his parents, and brother; Bill Gibbons.

     Funeral services were held at 11 AM, Monday, August 14, 2017 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg.  Rev. Leo Hall and Rev. Harold Miller officiated.  Burial followed in Cottage Grove Cemetery.  Military graveside rites were conducted by the Harrisburg and Carrier Mills American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts, and the United States Army National Guard.  Visitation was held from 4 PM to 8 PM, Sunday, August 13, 2017 at Reed Funeral Chapel.  Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital. 

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John Lane

1949 - 2017

  John Lane, age 68, of Harrisburg, passed away Friday, August 11, 2017 at his residence.
     He was born in Harrisburg on January 19, 1949 to the late John Homer and Joan (Polance) Lane. On September 23, 1993, John married Sandy Mulvaney and she  survives. He retired from the Street and Alley Department of the City of Harrisburg and was a member of Dorrisville Baptist Church.

     He is survived by his wife Sandy Lane of Harrisburg, a daughter: Debra Threet and husband Gary of Harrisburg; step-daughter: Melanie Laughland of Rock Island, IL; step-mother: Rita Lane of Harrisburg; sister: Nanette Franks of Harrisburg, brother: Rick Lane and wife Sherrie lane of Harrisburg; sister: Juana Beal and husband Gordon of Harrisburg; sister: Angi Behme and husband Tim of Harrisburg. 3 grandchildren: Nathan and Brandon Laughland and Michael Edwards.

     He was preceded by his parents: John Homer and Joan Lane.

     Services for John were held at 1 PM, Monday, August 14, 2017 at Dorrisville Baptist Church in Harrisburg, Rev. Dewayne Taylor  officiated. Burial followed in Sunset Lawn Cemetery in Harrisburg. Visitation was held from 11 am to 1 PM, Monday at Dorrisville Baptist Church.  Memorials may be made to Dorrisville Baptist Church Back to School Program. 

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