MARION - Joe B. Hosmon, 83, passed away at 8:20 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, in Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion.
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He was born near his present home in Williamson County on Monday, Sept. 23, 1929, the son of Joe Henry and Delia Frances (Clines) Hosmon.
He attended school at Western Star Country School located northeast of the Spillertown area.
Joe answered the call of this nation by serving in the U.S. Army during the time of the Korean War. While stationed in Korea and engaged in a fierce battle he was wounded. He traveled for a week with his wound to get to friendly lines and was then flown to a hospital in Japan where he was treated for two months. He was awarded the "Purple Heart" for his wound. After his period of faithful service, he was honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal.
He was united in marriage to Lydia V. Grimes on Saturday, Oct. 4, 1952, in Piggott, Ark., and together they enjoyed nearly 61 years of marriage.
His working career was as a coal miner. He began working before entering the war at a small hand loading mine in the area. After his return from the service, he returned to mining, working at the Carmac Mine near Dykersburg. He later worked at Freeman 5 Mine near West Frankfort, and ended his career at Old Ben 26 Mine located near Sesser. He retired in June of 1992, after 37 years as a miner, all being underground, and was awarded a special award for never having an accident.
Joe faithfully attended and supported Trinity Pentecostal Church of Marion. He also was a proud member of United Mine Workers of America.
In his spare time, he enjoyed taking care of his home in the country, mowing the yard, planting flowers and just relaxing sitting on his front porch spending time with his two special Chow dogs, Sambo and Smokey.
For more than 30 years he was actively supporting "The Border Mission" located in Hildago, Texas, on the Mexican border. During his spare time locally, he was constantly buying and gathering blankets, shoes and other items for the Mission. Three or four times each year he would travel there, driving his truck loaded with items he had collected for the Mission. Earlier in his lifetime he and his wife traveled and served as missionaries in the interior of Mexico.
He especially loved all of his family and always enjoyed the many times they all would gather together. The many memories created will now be cherished by those left behind.
He is survived by his wife, Lydia V. Hosmon of Marion; daughter, Shelly Aly of Marion; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Steve and Sandra Hosmon of West Frankfort, and Stacy Hosmon of Marion; 11 grandchildren, Heather Willis and her husband, Steve, and Haley Woolard and husband, Ben, all of West Frankfort, DeAnn Hosmon of Johnston City, Jason Hosmon and wife, Bobbi, of Dayton, Ohio, Sarah Hosmon of Herrin, Amanda Bennett and husband, Shane, Austin Aly and Hannah Aly, all of Marion, Priscilla Tucker and husband, Dathan, of Oklahoma, Jonathan Hosmon and wife, Kristi, of Kentucky and Keilah Hosmon of Vienna; 14 great-grandchildren; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Hilda Dunn of Dallas and Faye and Harry Roberts of Los Alamitos, Calif.; daughter-in-law, Rose Hosmon of Vienna; other extended family and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Darren Hosmon, who passed away Feb. 9, 2010; two sisters, Gladys Luskleet and Martha Kelly; and three brothers, Harry, Parvin and Finace Hosmon.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, in Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home with Brother J. R. Woods and Brother Cecil Clendenin presiding. Entombment will be in Rose Hill Cemetery of Marion. Military honors will be accorded at the cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Aug. 30, in the funeral home at 900 N. Court St., in Marion.
For those who prefer, memorials may be made to the The Border Mission. Memorial contribution envelopes will be available at the funeral home or may be mailed in care of Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home, P.O. Box 370, Marion, IL, 62959.
For additional information, or to leave an online condolence of memory or light a candle in memory, visit www.wilsonmcreynolds.com.
Published in The Southern Illinoisan from Aug. 28 to Aug. 30, 2013
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