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Wanda "Irene" Barger

1932 – 2015

      Wanda Irene Barger, age 83, of Eddyville, passed away on Monday July 27, 2015 in Saline Care Center in Harrisburg.

     She was born on April 23, 1932 in Broughton, Illinois to the late William and Mary (Jones) Tedford. On April 5, 1953, Irene married Claris Barger and he survives. She was a homemaker and member of New Home Social Brethren Church in Eddyville.

     In addition to her husband, Claris, Irene is survived by 3 sons: Ronald and wife Darla Barger of Eldorado; Dennis and wife Julie Barger of Delwood; and Kevin and wife Jill Barger of Carrier Mills; 8 Grandchildren: Whittney Barger of Eldorado; Ronna and husband Mike Enyman of Carmi; Sherri Flatt, Dale Flatt and Hannah Barger of Delwood; Chad Barger, Jared Barger, Jacob Barger and Tyler Barger all of Carrier Mills. 1 Great Grandchild: Kinzer Harness of Eldorado; 1 sister: June Omohundro of Carrier Mills and several nieces and nephews.

     Irene was preceded in death by her parents; 1 brother: Ferrell Tedford and 3 sisters: Nellie Morse, Imogene Clark, and Donna Sue McGill.

     Funeral services will be held at 11 AM, Thursday, July 30, 2015 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg.  Rev. Jerry Wells will officiate; burial will follow in New Home Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5 to 8 PM, Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions be made to Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of the donors choice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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Barbara Louise Gilkey

1943 - 2015 

Barbara Louise Gilkey, age 72 of Harrisburg, passed away at 11:55 AM Tuesday, July 21, 2015 in Harrisburg, Illinois.

     Barbara was born on January 20, 1943, in Cairo, Illinois to the late Lewis and Luzinka (Coleman) Gilkey.  Barbara worked as a waitress for 18 years at Ray's Cafe, and she most recently worked for Wal-Mart for thirty years where she was assistant manager.

     Barbara is survived by a daughter, Acquanetta Gilkey of Louisville, Kentucky; granddaughter, Delana Nycole Gilkey of Louisville, Kentucky; nephews, Andy Woods and wife Grace of St. Louis, Missouri, Robert "Skip" Webb and wife Mildred of Harvey, Illinois; Michael Webb of Chicago Heights, Illinois; Sean Woods and wife Crystal of Caldwell, Texas, Noel C. Woods of Dolton, Illinois; nieces, Shelia Woods-White and husband Thaddeous of Chicago Heights, Illinois; and Shannon Woods Johnson of Homewood, Illinois.

     Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, son, Maurice Gilkey; sister, Bernice Webb; brother, Lee Colman; and sister Joyce Gilkey.

     Funeral services for Barbara Louise Gilkey were held at 2 PM, Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg.  Burial followed in Sunset Garden Cemetery.  Visitation was held from 5 to 8 PM, Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia Research Foundation in her honor. 

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Claudia Ermal Groves (Krump) Brannock

1927 – 2015

Claudia Ermal Groves (Krump) Brannock, currently of Tucker, Ga and formerly of Harrisburg, Il and Marion Il, passed peacefully in her sleep. 

Claudia was born on May 31, 1927 to Claude and Sylvia (Boles) Groves in Marion, Il. in the area called Scotsboro.  Claudia, called 'Cap' by her beloved father married Melvin G. Krump on 06-17-1950 in Piggott, Arkansas.  They moved to Harrisburg, Illinois shortly after their marriage.  They had two children, Susan (Krump) Skuza and Melvin (Butch) Krump.  Claudia supported Melvin in his automotive business and also was a top salesperson for Pepsi Cola at one time. Claudia married Charles Brannock in February of 1974.  She was a member for many years of McKinley Baptist Church.  Claudia loved people, she loved to sing---especially her favorite gospel hymns, and although she never learned to swim, she was a skilled water skier.  She loved dancing. And bowling--with many fun memories of bowling tournaments and trips with her girl friends of the years on a bowling team.  She always said she hated to cook, but her fried chicken, chicken and dumplings and German Chocolate Cake and homemade banana pudding were legendary.  No one would walk away hungry from the table in Claudia's home.  One of her most favorite pastimes was shopping---and finding a bargain.  She always looked perfectly put together--no one outside of the immediate family was ever allowed to see her without her makeup on or her hair done .  Her nails always polished --usually favorite color--pink!   Whether in jeans , shorts, suit or dress--she took any outfit and made it look spectacular and special.

Claudia was preceded in death by her loving husband, Charles Brannock, her beloved  brothers Billie Groves,  Don Grove, Raymond (J.L.) Groves and Robert Groves.

She is survived by her daughter, Susan (Krump) Skuza and her son Melvin (Butch) Krump, daughter in law, Penny (Townsend) Krump, grandchildren Jennifer (Skuza) Kelly, Jason Skuza,  Matthew (Sarah) Krump, Natalie Krump (Brian) Scott, her 12 great grandchildren and her nieces, Karen (Groves) Summner, Anita (Groves)Lloyd , Terri Groves of Marion, Il.,  and nephew,  Robert Dane Groves of Chicago, Il.

Funeral services were held at 2 PM, Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg.  Rev. Scott Johnson officiated and burial followed in Odd Fellows cemetery in Marion.  Visitation was held from 12 PM to 2 PM, Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Reed Funeral Chapel.  Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in her honor.

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