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Clara Frances Thornton

1918 – 2016
 

     Clara Frances Thornton, age 98, of Harrisburg, passed away at 3:15 AM, Friday, August 26, 2016 at Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado.

     She was born on January 20, 1918 in Carrier Mills, Illinois.  Her parents were Loren and Osbia (Wallace) Austin.  Frances married Everett “Jack” Kincheloe on August 31, 1935 and he preceded her in death on September 7, 1957.  She married Joe Thornton on August 4, 1962 and he preceded her in death in 1987.

     Frances joined McKinley Avenue Baptist Church on January 4, 1957.  She taught children Sunday school classes for several years.  Seventeen United States Presidents served during her lifetime.  She lived through two World Wars, the Great Depression, and the 1937 flood.  Frances lived to help celebrate each of her three children’s 50th wedding anniversaries.  She was a St. Louis Cardinals fan.  Frances was 98 years 7 months and 6 days.  Her goal was to live to be 100.  Although she fought the good fight and never gave up, God had other plans and called her home.

          Frances is survived by her children: Jack L. (Lory) Kincheloe, Dow Kincheloe and Anita (Eddie) Whipple; grandchildren: Jill (Brent) Houston, Jeff (Sheila) Kincheloe, Ashli (John) Harris and Brynn Kincheloe; great-grandchildren: Gabrielle Harris, Hannah Harris, Tiarra Kincheloe, Liliauna Kincheloe, Brendon Kincheloe, Sam Houston and a special little boy: Milo Moody; step-children: JoAnn (David) Mullen, Delores Boudreaux and Georgia Thornton; step grandchildren: Davey Mullen, Cindy Faulkner and Arlena Baier.

     Frances was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, brothers, Lee Austin, Paul Austin, Perry Austin and Gene Austin, sister, Muriel Thomas, daughter-in-law, Judy Kincheloe and step-son, Ray Thornton.

     Funeral services will be held at 1 PM, Sunday, August 28, 2016 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg.  Rev. Billy Dye Jr. will officiate.  Burial will follow at Lindale Cemetery in Eldorado.  Visitation will be held from 11 AM to 1 PM, Sunday, August 28, 2016 at Reed Funeral Chapel.   In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Deaconess Hospice.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.  

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Stella L. (Seets) Wright

1937 - 2016

     Stella L. (Seets) Wright, 78, of Harrisburg, IL passed away at 6:08 PM, Thursday, August 25, 2016, at Harrisburg Medical Center.

     Stella was born on September 27, 1937 in Shawneetown, IL to the late George W. Seets and Mary (Holloman) Seets.  On June 27, 1953 she married Wayne Wright.  Stella and Wayne were the owner and operators of Wright’s Wrecker Service for many years and also a daycare. 

     Surviving family members include a son: Fred Wright of Harrisburg; son: Steve Wright of Harrisburg; daughter: Brenda Sanders of Marion, IL; son: Roger Wright of Terre Haute, IN; two sisters: Sylvia (Seets) Herndon of Fort Lauderdale, FL and Hazel (Seets) Hutchison of Harrisburg, IL; and one brother Danny Seets of Harrisburg; grandchildren: Jason Wright, Jamie (Wright) Griffith, Nathan Herron, Jessica (Wright) Pickens and Sarah (Wright) Stuhr; great-grandchildren: Tristan Wright, Riley Wright, Dalton Griffith, Tyler Taylor, Maverick Herron and Manning Herron, Samuel Pickens and soon to be Gracie Pickens.

     Stella was preceded in death by her parents, husband, seven brothers and sisters, Bessie (Seets) White, Jake Seets, Wayne Seets, Lavern (Seets) Odle, Catherine (Seets) Wilson, John Seets and Billy Seets.

     Funeral services will be held at 1 PM Tuesday August 30, 2016 at Reed Funeral Chapel.  Stan Hutchison, Carolyn Wright and Rev. John Wright will officiate.  Burial will follow in Sunset Garden Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 11:00 AM to service time Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at Reed Funeral Chapel. 

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Sarah Ann Gibbs

1936 - 2016

    Sarah Ann Gibbs, 80, of Du Quoin, formerly of Harrisburg, passed away at 7:10 am, August 23, 2016, at the Fairview Health Care & Rehab in Du Quoin, IL.

     Sarah was born in Harrisburg on July 17, 1936, to the late Gladius and Vivian (Carter) Gibbs.

     She was never married and was a former member of Liberty Baptist Church.

     Sarah is survived by her sister: Martha (Gibbs) Reynolds of Springfield, IL., her brother-in-law: Thornton Davis of Florida and nieces and nephews: Debbie (Reynolds) Giacomini, Lynn (Davis) Carmean, Beth (Davis) Rice, Doug Reynolds, Greg Davis.  She was preceded in death by her parents: Gladius and Vivian Gibbs and her sister: Mary Davis.

     Private family graveside services were held at 1 PM Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Sunset Lawn Cemetery.  Pastor Terry L. Brace, of the First Christian Church, Du Quoin officiated.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Christian Church, 312 Main St., Du Quoin, IL.  62832. 


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Betty Virginia Nyberg

1927 - 2016

     Betty Virginia Nyberg, 89, of Harrisburg, IL passed away at 12:03 pm, August 18, 2016, at the Harrisburg Medical Center.

     Betty was born in Tamaqua Pennsylvania on January 29, 1927, to Jacob D. Derr and Mary Derr (Angstadt).  She was the fourth of eight children. 

She married William A. Nyberg, at New York City on October 6, 1956. She worked in New York City, as a supervisor for the New York Telephone Company and later at Skaggs Pharmacy.  She was a member of the McKinley Avenue Baptist Church.

     She is survived by her husband, Bill, of Harrisburg, daughter Annamary King of Lebanon Il, son Dan (Vicki) Nyberg, of Bellevue NE, and four grandchildren, Sara King Nightingale (Andy) of Portland Oregon, Adam King of Chicago, Jacob Nyberg, and Joseph Nyberg, Bellevue NE. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, son William K. Nyberg, Denver CO, five brothers and two sisters.

     As per her wishes, her body has been cremated and a memorial service will be held on  October 8, 2016 at 10:30am at McKinley Avenue Baptist Church Family Life Center. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the William K. Nyberg Memorial Criminal Justice Scholarship, Southeast Missouri State University Foundation, 1 University Plaza MS7300, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

 
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Barbara Reynolds

1929 – 2016

      Barbara Reynolds, age 87, of Harrisburg, passed away at 7:09 AM, Saturday, August 20, 2016 at Harrisburg Medical Center.

     Barbara was born on April 7, 1929 in Harrisburg to the late Clifford “Doc” Reynolds and Elizabeth (Barker) Aldridge.  Barbara retired from the Department of Public Aide office in Harrisburg.  She attended Dorrisville Baptist Church. 

     She leaves behind many beloved cousins: Shirley (Barker) Young, Beth (Greg) Stone, Christopher (Christina) Stone, Shawn (Alicia) Stone and their children Aiden and Asher all of Greenville and St. Louis area.  Tammy (Dave) Dreer, Brandi (Kyle) Chapin and their son Chace of Pennsylvania, Grady Owen of Eldorado, Cathy (Scott) Leo, Jordan (Emillee) Aloffo all of Harrisburg; special friend: Wilma Grable of Harrisburg.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, step-father, Bill Aldridge, long time friend, Carl Ewell and cousins, James “Buddy” Barker and John Young.

     Funeral services were held at 11 AM, Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg.  Rev. Dewayne Taylor  officiated.  Burial followed in Liberty Cemetery.  Visitation was held from 5 to 7 PM, Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at Reed Funeral Chapel.  

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