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SOUTH PEKIN ~ Joe Buford Singleton, 82, of South Pekin, passed away at 2:20 a.m. Thursday, August 30, 2018 at Hallmark House Nursing Center in Pekin.

Born February 27, 1936 in Jackson, Tennessee to John and Bettie (Bray) Singleton, he married Margaret Hunt on September 14, 1957 in Corinth, Mississippi.  She survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Sherry (Gordon, II) Morris of Pekin; one son, Jerry (Beth) Singleton of South Pekin; four grandchildren, Brandi (Ricky) Clendenny of Manito, Mindi Mitzelfelt and Taylor Singleton, both of South Pekin, and Hannah Singleton of East Peoria; five great-granddaughters, Annelise, Braelynn, Charlotte, Reagan, and Ivy; two brothers, Jim (Elaine) Singleton of Loves Park and John (Faye) Singleton of Jackson, Tennessee; and one sister, Sue (Larry) James of Spring Creek, Tennessee.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Belle Glozier and Elizabeth Privett; and four brothers, Roy Singleton, Robert Singleton, Willie Singleton, and Carl Singleton.

Joe worked in maintenance for Laidlaw Corporation for 8 years in Bartonville and later for 17 years in Monticello, Wisconsin.  He retired on June 1, 2000 with 25 years of service.   Previously, he had worked for Fabry’s Phillips 66 Station in Pekin and Broderick and Bascom Wire Rope Company in Bartonville.

He had served on the South Pekin Fire Department and South Pekin Civil Defense.  He had helped with little league in South Pekin.

Joe enjoyed fishing, vacationing, sight-seeing, and attending baseball games.  His grandchildren and great-grandchildren meant the world to him.   

His funeral will be at noon Thursday, September 6, 2018 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  Pastor Kim Bacon will officiate.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and also from 11:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, both at the funeral home.  Burial will be at Woodrow Cemetery in rural Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be given to Pekin First Church of God, 2520 Maywood Avenue, Pekin, IL 61554 or to Alzheimer’s Association Central Illinois Chapter, 614 West Glen Avenue, Peoria, IL 61614.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Hallmark House Nursing Center, Sugar Creek Alzheimer’s Special Care Center and Transitions Hospice.  We have all been blessed by the outpouring care, compassion and support you have provided during Joe’s illness.

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