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Obituary for James R. Yancey

James R. Yancey, 73, of Herrin, died 7:47 p.m. Sunday, June 4, 2017 at his residence.

James was a retired coal miner and last worked for Old Ben # 20 in West Virginia. He also worked as a laborer out of Local Union # 773 in Marion.

James was a member of the Herrin Second Baptist Church, an avid hunter and fisherman.
He was also member of the Blue Heron Boat & Yacht Club; UMWA and the Laborers Local Union 773.

James was born December 5, 1943 in Herrin, IL to Ralph and Beatrice (Proffitt) Yancey.

James married Diane Gunter on Oct. 8, 1966 in Herrin, IL.
Surviving are his wife, Diane Yancey of Herrin; three children, Carol (Frank) Kulich of Benton, Jamie (Kevin) Cameron of Herrin, Alexa Yancey of Herrin; four grandchildren, Kinley Mitchell, Mykah Mitchell, Shaelee (Daniel) Boland, Raylyn Cameron and companion, Josh Kennedy; two great grandchildren, Jaleigh Mitchell and Lynlee Kennedy; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Iris (Don) Kilpatrick of Fort Myers, FL, Janice Brown of Herrin; two brothers, Mike (Kay) Yancey of Buena Vista TN, Richard (Donna) Yancey of Herrin; sister-in-law, Jolene Yancey of Energy and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded by his parents; brother, John W. Yancey; brother-in-law, Dave Brown; grandparents, Willis and Ada Yancey. John and Sarah Proffitt.

Services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 9, at the Second Baptist Church in Herrin with Pastor Matt Frizzell officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thursday at Meredith-Waddell Funeral Home in Herrin and from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Friday at the church. Interment will be in Denning Cemetery at Orient.

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5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Meredith-Waddell Funeral Home

2704 South Park Avenue
Herrin, IL 62948





10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Second Baptist Church

900 South 11th Street
Herrin, IL 62948

Funeral Services




11:00 AM
Second Baptist Church

900 South 11th Street
Herrin, IL 62948

Cemetery Details


Denning Cemetery

Orient Road
West Frankfort, IL 62896


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