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Kenneth Carroll Curran

1918 - 2017


     Kenneth Carroll Curran, age 98, of Carrier Mills, passed away at 11:50 PM, Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at Carrier Mills Nursing Home.

     Kenneth was born on September 2, 1918 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Alexander and Erma (Schremser) Curran.  On August 2, 1939 he married Florence Tincknell she preceded him in death on October 29, 1980, on December 29, 1990 he married Shirlene Filthant and she survives..  He was a member of Bankston Fork Baptist Church. 

     Kenneth owned and operated Avon Radiator Repair and Hazel Park Bowling Alley and he worked for Ford before he was drafted.  He served in the Navy during World War II where he was a gunner and served on five different ships.  He was an avid bowler, stamp collector, coin collector, a Detroit Tigers fan, a little league baseball coach and enjoyed fishing. 

     Surviving family members include his children: Larry and Joann Curran of Sun City West, Arizona, Ken and Carol Vasseur of White Lake, Michigan, Jim and Pat Curran of Murray, Kentucky, Walt and Nancy Major of Rochester Hills, Michigan and Bob and Lynn Curran of Swartz Creek, Michigan; step-children: Terry Tripp of Carrier Mills, Lynn Booth of Plymouth, Michigan and Shirley Papp of Mount Pleasant, Michigan; daughter-in-law: Jacque Tripp of Harrisburg; seventeen grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren; nephew: Dwayne Manderville of Cadiz, Kentucky; niece: Diane Brown of Indian River, Michigan.

     Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, wife, brother, Robert Curran and sister, "Toots" Brewer.

     Funeral services will be held 11 AM, Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg.  Rev. Larry Miller will officiate. Burial will follow in Bankston Cemetery in Harrisburg. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 PM, Friday, April 28, , 2017 at Reed Funeral Chapel. 

 

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Tiffany Joy Gentry

1978 - 2017

 Tiffany Joy Gentry, age 38 of LaVergne, Tennessee, passed away at 3:58 PM, Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Southern Hills Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
    Joy was born on July 2, 1978 to David and Nancy (Paul) Swain in Vandalia, Illinois.  She graduated from Middle Tennessee State University and was an office manager.
    Joy is survived by her daughter, Abigail Grace Gentry of Lavergne, Tennessee; father, David Swain and wife Andrea of Joplin, Missouri; mother, Nancy Glass and husband George of Harrisburg; brother, Joshua Swain of Illinois; Jacob Swain and wife Sarah of Carbondale; sister, Andi Miller and husband Jeff of Harrisburg; brother Eric Glass and wife Theresa of Wentzville, Missouri, maternal grandfather, Richard Paul; paternal grandmother, Marjorie Cornwell of Homosassa, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.
The family holds on to the promise of 1 Thessalonians 4: "For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him...and so we will always be with the Lord."

     A memorial service will be held at 1 PM, Monday, April 24, 2017 at Dorrisville Baptist Church in Harrisbug. Rev. Dewayne Taylor will officiate. There will be no visitation and burial will follow at a later date in McInturff Cemetery near Vandalia.

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Izabella Frances Reiner

1924 - 2017

     Izabella Frances Reiner, 93, of Harrisburg passed away on Friday, April 21, 2017 at Harrisburg Medical Center.

     Izabella was born on April 16, 1924 in Harco, IL to the late Matthew and Franceska (Keves) Yuhas.  On March 15, 1947 she married Warren Reiner and he passed away on June 10, 1997.  After high school Izabella made Dyna airplane motors in Michigan and worked at Carnegie Steel in Indiana Harbor. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Harrisburg and the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary.

     Surviving family members include her daughter: Beth Reiner of Harrisburg; nieces and nephews: Connie (Larry) Campbell of Vincennes, IN, Cindy Kraut of Vincennes, IN, David Lane of Bloomington, IN, Steve Reiner of Metamora, IL, Kendall Reiner of Los Angeles, CA, Rosemary Todroff and Frances Leitner.

     She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

     Visitation will be held from 9 AM to 10:30 AM, Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  Funeral mass will be held at 11 AM, Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Harrisburg. Father Abraham Adejoh will officiate.  Burial will follow in Sunset Lawn Cemetery.  Reed Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 

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Jack Eugene Fletcher

1929 - 2017

 
    Jack Eugene Fletcher , age 87 of Galatia, passed away at 3:53 PM, Monday April 10, 2017 at Saline Care Center.

     Jack was born on May 18, 1929 in Williamson County to the late James Edmond "Jimmy" and Dorthal (Serles) Fletcher.  He married  LaVerne Durfee in 1948 and Clarise Collins in 2004.Jack was a farmer, custodian at Galatia High School a truck driver and a coal miner. He enjoyed Square dancing, horses and mule pulls.

     Surviving family members include two children: Ronnie Fletcher and wife Elaine of Thompsonville, IL; and Linda England and husband Gary of Harrisburg. Six grandchildren: Amy Happe and husband Matt of New Harmony, IN; Jennifer Fletcher of Thompsonville; Buck Fletcher and wife Jennifer of Kentucky; Ronnie Shelton of Harrisburg; Jason Shelton of Galatia, IL; Natasha Brennan of Hurst, IL; 14 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. Two brothers: J.R. Fletcher and wife Doris of Johnston City, IL; and Donald Fletcher and wife Margaret of Thompsonville, IL; sister-in-law: Mary Glass of Harrisburg; along with several nieces and nephews.

     Jack was preceded in death by his parents, brother Gussie Fletcher and sisters: Edna Fann, Ellen Schwager, Hazel Dearing, and Alice Fletcher.

     Funeral services were held at 1 PM Friday, April 14, 2017 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg.  Rev. Steve Dunning officiated. Burial followed in Ebenezer Cemetery. Visitation was from 11 AM to 1 PM, Friday at Reed Funeral Chapel.  Donations be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.  

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Billy Joe Dowdy

1948 - 2017

    Billy Joe Dowdy, age 68, of Harrisburg, passed away at 12:40 PM, Monday April 10, 2017 at Harrisburg Medical Center.

     Bill was born on July 18, 1948 in Harrisburg to the late Henry and Madie (Pyles) Dowdy.  On August 22, 1968 he married Gennie Thomas and she preceded him in death January 18, 2005. On July 18, 2013 he married Connie Jo Thompson and she preceded him in death on January 29, 2017. Bill was a union glazer and a member of Dorrisville Baptist Church. He enjoyed the outdoors especially camping & fishing.

     Surviving family members include his four sons: Richard Dowdy and wife Gwen of Forney, TX; Bradley Dowdy and wife Stephanie of Harrisburg; Nathan Dowdy and wife Tina of Harrisburg and Aaron Toothman and wife Alicia of Harrisburg; twelve grandchildren: Britney, Bailey, Kobe, Graci, Keith, Jason, Brittany, Jourdon, Gavin, Blaine, Adalynn and Ariana; five great-grandchildren: Jacie, Jalyn, Jadyn, Taylyn and Wesly. two brothers: LeRoy Dowdy and wife Phyllis  of Harrisburg; and Kenneth Dowdy and wife Ruby of Harrisburg; twin sister: Betty Browning and husband Bill of Harrisburg; mother-in-law: Sue Thompson of Harrisburg along with several nieces and nephews.

     Bill was preceded in death by his parents, both wives and a brother: Donald Dowdy.

     Funeral services were held at 2 PM Thursday, April 13, 2017 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg.  Rev. Dewayne Taylor officiated. Burial followed in Sunset Garden Cemetery. Visitation was from 11 AM to 2 PM, Thursday at Reed Funeral Chapel.  Donations be made to the National Kidney Foundation.  

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Cletus Dale “Cotton” Jones

1927 - 2017

     Cletus Dale “Cotton” Jones, age 89 of Carrier Mills, passed away at 8:50 PM, Sunday, April 9, 2017 at Carrier Mills Nursing Home.

       Cletus was born on April 18, 1927 in Harrisburg to the late Albert and Bessie (Hood) Jones. On March 17, 1945 he married the former Esther Bonita “Bonnie” Dudley and she survives in Carrier Mills.  Cletus was a World War II Navy veteran and he worked for thirty-four years as a Bunny Bread salesman. He was the second man that Jack Lewis, Sr. ever hired to work for Bunny Bread. He was a member of the Land Street Missionary Baptist Church and most recently attended with his daughter the Gaskin’s City Missionary Baptist Church.

     In addition to his wife, Bonnie, he is survived by four children, Jack Jones and wife Sandy of Mackinaw, Illinois; Carol Rann and the late Roger Rann of Raleigh; Kendall Jones of Harrisburg, and Jeff Jones and wife Beth of Henderson, Kentucky; eleven grandchildren, and thirteen great grandchildren.

     He was preceded in death by his parents and five siblings, Irene Baldwin, Lillian Schroeder, Evelyn Napes, Pete Venters, and Ruth Ellen Jones.

     Funeral services were held at 2 PM, Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg. Pastor Kendall Jones officiated and burial followed in Sunset Hill Cemetery.  Visitation was held from 11 AM to 2 PM, Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at Reed Funeral Chapel.  

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