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Virginia Rose Goolsby

1926 - 2017

     Virginia Rose Goolsby, 91, of Harrisburg, passed away at 10:35 AM, Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at the Carrier Mills Nursing Home.

    Virginia was born on January 13, 1926 in Harrisburg to the late Fred and Reva (Robinson) Hicks.  On September 27, 1942 she married Elmer Goolsby and he preceded her in death on January 20, 2001.  She was a member of Mizpah General Baptist Church.

     Surviving family members include her son: Gene Goolsby and wife Lynda of Marion, IL; daughter: Thelma Stilley and husband Charles of Harrisburg; daughter: Norma Harner and husband Nolen of Harrisburg; son:  Jerry Goolsby and wife Darlene of Harrisburg; daughter: Erma Roberts and husband Gary of Raleigh; daughter: Brenda Craig and husband Gilbert of Marion, IL; daughter: Jo Ann Craig and husband Robert of Baymonet, Alabama; daughter: Lisa Hubbard and husband Jimmy of Harrisburg; daughter: Letha Baker of Harrisburg; twenty three grandchildren; twenty two great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; sister: Wanda Cole of Florida; brother: Leroy Hicks and wife Phillis of Harrisburg.

     Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Richard Goolsby, grandson: Brian Yaw, sister: Lotella Williams; son-in-law: Scott Baker.

     Funeral services will be held at 2 PM, Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Reed Funeral Chapel.  Shannon Goolsby will officiate. Burial will follow in Butler Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 PM, Friday, July 28, 2017 at Reed Funeral Chapel.  Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. 

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Roy Dale Wasson

 1945 - 2017

     Roy Dale Wasson 72, of Herod, passed away from complications of lung cancer at 6:36 am, July 23, 2017 at Herrin Hospital, surrounded by his family.  Roy was born on April 15, 1945 in Harrisburg, IL to James Alfred and Una Sylvalena (Hatcher) Wasson.  On June12, 1965 he married Jo Ann (Townley) Wasson in France and she survives; they shared 52-years.

     Roy was in the United States Army for 20 years and retired as Sergeant First Class.  He completed the forestry program at SIC and later worked for MCI-WorldCom as Regional Manager for the Transmission Test and Turn-up Department.  He was a Mason and a member of the Cave-in-Rock and Rosiclare Lodges and served as Master 3-times at the Rosiclare Lodge and 1-time at the Cave-in-Rock Lodge.  He was also a Shriner.  He loved the outdoors, fishing, playing his guitar.  His greatest love was his family.  His best times were spent at family gatherings.

     Surviving family members include his wife: Jo Ann (Townley) Wasson of Herod; son: Warren (Shannon) Wasson formerly of Herod, IL; daughter: Katharine (Clyde Lee) Wasson of Herod, IL; son: James (Jenica) Wasson of Green Valley, AZ; daughter: Heather (Kent) Dailey of Marion, IL; granddaughter: Brianna Dailey; sister: Janeine (Kenneth) Mitchell of Harrisburg, IL; many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, son: Roy Dale Wasson, Jr; brother: James Anson Wasson, and sister: Barbara Ann (Wasson) Oxford.

     Funeral and visitation will be held at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg, IL.  Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 PM with Masonic rites at 6:30 PM, Thursday, July 27, 2017.  Funeral services will be held at 11am, Friday, July 28, 2017.  Rev. Phillip Nelson will officiate.  Burial will follow at Bethesda Cemetery, Herod, IL with military rites by the VFW, Harrisburg American Legion and the National Guard.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bethesda Cemetery Fund and mailed to Erna Wasson 1105 State Route 142 N. Eldorado, IL 62930.

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Vernie Kluge

1933 - 2017

     Vernie Kluge, 83, of Harrisburg, passed away at 10:16 PM, Sunday, July 16, 2017at the Carrier Mills Nursing Home.

     Vernie was born on October 28, 1933 in Pope County to the late Burel and Cora (Hicks) Bebout.  On November 12, 1955 she married Alvis Kluge and he preceded her in death on October 9, 2006.  Vernie first worked at Victor Chemical in Chicago Heights, IL for many years, then worked at Sloan Street Market in the meat department.  She loved gardening and tending to her flowers.

     Surviving family members include her son: Darren Kluge of Harrisburg; grandson: Dylan Kluge of Hardin County; granddaughter: Kayla Kluge of Hardin County; sister: Dora Bayne of Harrisburg; brother: Ray “Bud” Bebout and wife Gene of Ledford; numerous nieces and nephews.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers, Lincoln Bebout, Charles Roy Bebout and Luster Bebout, sisters: Marie Howard, Della Elam, Stella Fisher, Mary Bebout and Ruby Hogg.

     Funeral services were held at 1 PM, Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Reed Funeral Chapel. Rev. Jim Williams officiated. Burial followed in Collier Cemetery. Visitation was from 11 AM to service time Wednesday at Reed Funeral Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or Collier Cemetery.  

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Marsha Lynn Davis Butler


     Marsha Lynn Davis Butler passed to glory on July 12, 2017. Marsha was born in Harrisburg, Illinois, on March 28, 1947 to James E. and Umeka (Stringer) Davis.  She married Oliver Dean Butler on November 27, 1965.  Within the year she saw the birth of her first child and sent her husband off to war.  She stood faithfully with him, until his return 12 months later.  They were married 51 years.  Marsha was a graduate of Harrisburg High School, class of ’65, and was an optician for much of her working life.   She and Oliver eventually had 4 children, all girls, and 9 grandchildren.  She was an active member of Saline Ridge Missionary Baptist church for over 45 years, a board member of the Baptist Children’s Home and Family Services in Carmi, Illinois, Secretary of Hillcrest Baptist Camp, and a lifelong resident of Harrisburg.  She and Oliver were blessed with many dear friends. 

   Marsha was beautiful, strong, and loyal.  She loved fiercely and truly and was generous beyond measure.  Faith and family were her highest devotions.  She loved the Lord with all her heart and every soul He sent her way.  She travelled the world serving orphans and widows and the oppressed and suffering.  She battled cancer for 6 years with courage, grace, and a stubborn perseverance.  She often cared for and blessed her caregivers as much as they cared for and blessed her.  Cancer stole more from Marsha than it has from most, but she never gave in to despair.  She lived with the hope that does not disappoint because the love of God had truly been poured out in her heart, and she showered that love freely on others. (Romans 5:5)

   She is preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Patricia Ann Davis, and a brother, James David Davis; a nephew, Stuart Davis; her sister-in-law Abigail Butler Van Zant; and her daughter Dacy Ellen Butler Womack Gray.  She is survived by her devoted husband, Oliver, who cared for her tenderly and faithfully throughout her illness; her daughters, Stephanie Lynn (Dave) Valadez, Melissa Raye (Adam) Halcom, and Merissa Kaye (Greg) Ury; her grandchildren Alexis Faith Womack, Olivia Grace (C.J.) Sherrod, Pvt. Christopher Ian Triplett, Dalton Bradley Gray, Carlos James Valadez, Zachary Edmund Ury, Terry Lynn Janssen III, Kidist (“Kiki”) Lynn Valadez, and Cody Dean Ury; her sister Becky Sue (Bobby) Staley and her brother James Edward Davis, II; her brothers and sisters-in-law Jonah and Sharon Butler, Barney and Brenda Butler, and Ernie Van Zant; as well as many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

   Visitation was held Reed Funeral Chapel, 503 East Sloan Street, Harrisburg, Illinois, on Friday, July 14, 2017 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Saline Ridge Missionary Baptist Church, 205 Pierson Hill Road, Harrisburg, Illinois, at noon, preceded by additional visitation hours from 10:00 a.m. to noon.  Burial was at Saline Ridge immediately following the service.  Memorial contributions can be made in her honor to Saline Ridge Missionary Baptist Church or the Baptist Children’s Home and Family Services, 949 County Road 1300 N, Carmi, IL 62821.

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