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Joe Barron

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JOHNSONTON CITY - Joe M. Barron, 82, died at 7:35 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, at his residence, with his loving wife and family by his side.

Joe was born Feb. 10, 1931, in Stiritz, to Donald and Ann Dell (Spiller) Barron.

He married Alice Faye Higley on Oct. 11, 1980, in Benton.

Joe was retired, having worked at Freeman 6 and Freeman 4 coal mines for many years.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and Navy, having served his country honorably. He received a Purple Heart for his faithful service to his country during the Korean War.

Joe was a member of Harmony Freewill Baptist Church.

Before his health began to decline, he and Alice loved to travel. He also enjoyed the outdoors, spending his time hunting, fishing and gardening. He also found enjoyment in woodworking.

Survivors include his wife, Alice of Johnston City; three children, Michael Barron and wife, Sande, of Ardmore, Okla., Terry Barron and wife, Darrin, of Kansas City, Kan., and Tammy Volk of San Bernardino, Calif.; two stepchildren, John Moore and wife, Beth, of Benton and Matt Moore of Buckeye, Ariz.; 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two brothers, Max Barron and wife, June of Indianapolis and Robert Barron of Stiritz; brother-in-law, Larry "Butch" Dodd of Whiteash; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Madeline Sue Stacy; and a sister, Karen Dodd.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today in Harmony Freewill Baptist Church, on County Line Road south of West Frankfort, with Curtis Smith and Kenneth McClerren officiating. Burial will follow in Harmony Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery with military rites accorded by the Marion VFW Post 1301, American Legion Post 147 and members of the Illinois National Guard military honors team. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the church.

Memorials may be made to Harmony Freewill Baptist Church or TIP Hospice.

Pyle Funeral Home in Johnston City is entrusted with the arrangements and may be contacted at 618-983-7777 or by visiting

Published in The Southern Illinoisan from Aug. 20 to Aug. 21, 2013
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