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Harold William Haile, 84, of Belle Rive, Illinois went to be with his lord and savior at 4:46 a.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017.
He was born March 1, 1933 in Wayne County, Illinois, the son of Fred T. and Mary E. (Calvin) Haile. On December 27, 1951 he married Mary Anna Gocking of Hoopeston, Illinois. They celebrated 65 years of marriage this past December.
Survivors include his beloved wife Mary; a son, Tim (Pat) Haile of Belle Rive, IL; daughters, Dawn Rae (Ed) Allen of Dahlgren, IL, Sharon (Vince) Mitchell of McLeansboro, IL, and Crista (Alan) Grewe of Greenville, KY. Also surviving are ten grandchildren; Susan Shull, Gordon Allen, Joshua Haile, Patrick Haile, Hannah Savitzky, Bethany Sutton, Megan Swartz, Brody Mitchell, Lauren Grewe and Rachel King, and twelve great-grandchildren. Also brothers, Ray Haile of Indiana, Earl Haile of Paxton, IL and Donald Haile of Keenes, IL, one sister, Wanda Sparks of Ft. Worth, TX and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters; Alice Boyd, Lena Rainwater, Ruby Shaw, Florence Estes and Kathleen Lowry, and brothers; Russell, Art and Alfred Haile.
Harold was a faithful member of the Belle Rive Missionary Baptist Church having served as a deacon for 47 years and the Sunday school superintendent for 19 years. He was a lifetime farmer and cherished his time after semi-retirement by spending winters with his wife in Mission, TX.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Belle Rive Missionary Baptist Church with the Revs. Richard McCormick and Jeremy Hamson officiating. Burial will be in the Flint/ Belle Rive Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday, April 14, 2017 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Belle Rive Missionary Baptist Church. At the family's request memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation and will be accepted at the Belle Rive Missionary Baptist Church or the Gholson Funeral Home at 500 S. Washington St., McLeansboro, IL, 62859.
Absent from the body; Present with the Lord, 2nd Corinthians 5:8.
The Gholson Funeral Home of Dahlgren is in charge of arrangements.
Published on April 10, 2017
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