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Tommy Caraker

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HERRIN – Tommy L. Caraker, 72, passed away at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at his residence surrounded by his loving wife and family.

Tommy retired as a custodian for Herrin Hospital and Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy and served from 1958 until 1962.

Tommy was a very artistic and musical man. He played guitar and had a glass engraving and knife making business.

Tommy was born Jan. 30, 1941, in Herrin, to Albert Thomas and Dorothy Bernice (Reams) Caraker.

Tommy was united in marriage with Linda Sue Finney on Sept. 15, 1962, in Herrin.

Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Linda Caraker of Herrin; one son and daughter-in-law, Thomas Glen and Tracy Caraker of Winter Park, Colo.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Lisa Renae and Ken Stone of Herrin, and Teresa Jo and Kerry Braswell of Makanda; seven grandchildren, Shauna Lynn (Rocco) Ferrante, Kristen Nicole Caraker, Scott Allen (Melissa) Deming Jr., Melissa Sue Dunmyer, Maribeth (Vertice) Holzer, Colton James Braswell and Cheyenne Nicole Braswell; three great-grandchildren, Donavyn Gregory Deming, McKenna Renae Dunmyer, Hunter Jaymes Lee Dunmyer and a great-granddaughter, Zoe Jade Ferrante due in March of 2014; brother, John Loren Caraker of Sparta; and nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Opal June Bowen.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, in Meredith-Waddell Funeral Home in Herrin, with the Rev. Michael Tetmeyer officiating. Interment will be in Herrin City Cemetery in Herrin. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials donations may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, 204 Halfway Road, Marion, IL 62959. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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Published in The Southern Illinoisan on Jan. 15, 2014
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