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Jerry Wayne Goolsby, Sr.

December 3, 1949 ~ December 27, 2021 (age 72)


     Jerry Wayne Goolsby, Sr., age 72, of Harrisburg, passed away at 3:50 PM, Monday, December 27, 2021 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Marion. 

     Jerry was born on December 3, 1949 in Harrisburg to the late Elmer and Virginia (Hicks) Goolsby. On June 3, 2003 he married Darlene Hale and she survives.  Jerry served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War as a mechanic.

     Jerry worked most of his life as a truck driver. However, he built many storage buildings and after retiring began Jerry’s Lawn Mower Service. He was also a member of the Teamsters Local 50 in West Frankfort. His family said there was nothing that Jerry could not do. Jerry was an outdoorsman, loving to fish, camp and ride horses. He also enjoyed NHRA drag racing, singing karaoke for the senior citizens, playing in bands as a guitarist and lead singer, and watching his grandchildren play ball. Jerry was a tender-hearted, great man that would give you the shirt off his back. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

     Jerry is survived by his wife, Darlene Goolsby of Harrisburg; four children, son, Jerry Wayne Goolsby, Jr. of Harrisburg; son, Shannon Goolsby and wife, Rhonda of Harrisburg; daughter, Kristy Holmes and John Hill of Eddyville; stepson, Jason Grathler of Raleigh; eight grandchildren, Cierra Goolsby; Savanaha Little and husband, Dalton; Haley Goolsby, Hannah Goolsby; Jaydan Holmes; Kaidan Holmes; Drayson Grathler;,and Rhylie Hunsinger; brother, Gene Goolsby and wife, Lynda of Marion; sister, Thelma Stilley and husband, Charles of Harrisburg; sister, Norma Harner of Harrisburg; sister, Erma Roberts and husband, Gary of Raleigh; sister, Brenda Craig and husband, Gilbert of Marion; sister Jo Ann Craig and husband, Robert of Alabama; sister Lisa Hubbard and husband, Jimmy of Harrisburg; sister, Letha Baker of Harrisburg; and several nieces and nephews.

     Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Richard Goolsby.

     Funeral services for Jerry Wayne Goolsby, Sr. will be held at 11 AM on Friday, December 31, 2021 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg, Illinois. Rev. Leroy Hicks and Rev. Harold Miller will officiate and burial will follow in Colbert Cemetery in Herod, Illinois. Visitation will be held from 5 PM to 8 PM on Thursday, December 30, 2021 at Reed Funeral Chapel.

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December 30, 2021

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Reed Funeral Chapel
503 E. Sloan Street
Harrisburg, IL 62946

Funeral Service
December 31, 2021

11:00 AM
Reed Funeral Chapel
503 East Sloan Street
Harrisburg, IL 62946

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