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James Raymond "Ray" Harrell

James Raymond "Ray" Harrell, 85, of Mt. Vernon, died 8:31 a.m. Jan. 4,
2007, at his home. Ray was born on July 17, 1921, in Cobden, to James
S. Harrell and Martha (Roach) Harrell. He married Helen Iola (Worthen)
Harrell on June 17, 1943, in Gorham. He retired after 38 years of
employment at Illinois Power Company where he had worked as a gas
distribution foreman. 

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Hughey Funeral Home in 
Mt. Vernon. Rev. John Stanford will officiate. Burial will follow at Mt. 
Vernon Memorial Gardens in Woodlawn. Visitation will be held 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
Saturday, at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon. 

Surviving family members include wife and love of his life for 63 years
Helen Iola Harrell of Mt. Vernon; daughters Ruth Williams of Mt.
Vernon, and Luetta Roberson and husband Rick of Dix; grandchildren Stefan
Williams and wife Kim of Sesser, Clichelle Poole and husband Todd of Mt.
Vernon, Rickey Roberson and wife Stacy of Mt. Vernon, and Stacey
Belcher and husband Greg of Mt. Vernon; great grandchildren Shane, Jessica
and Kevin Williams, Kamden and Kylie Poole, Courtney and Jacob Roberson,
Ashley Crane and Morgan Belcher; and several nieces and nephews also

His parents, two brothers, four sisters and great grandson
Stanley Ryan Poole preceded him in death. 

Ray was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II and was Methodist by faith. His 
family was the most important part of his life. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home, where 
you may call 242-3348 or visit for further 

Source: Mt. Vernon Register-News
Date: 05 Jan 2007
Submitted by Robert W. Loman 

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