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George Thomas Barkley, 85, of Marshall, Ill., passed away at 9:08 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, at Paris Health Care Center in Paris. He was born Aug. 24, 1932, in Georgetown, Ill., the son of Clarence L. Barkley and Catherine I. Wyrick Barkley. He married Thelma E. Petty on Dec. 28, 1957, in Marshall and she preceded him in death on April 28, 2015.
Tom was retired from Coil Sales of Marshall and had previously been employed at the TRW facility in Marshall. He had also been a professional photographer.
Surviving are a daughter, Tammy (David) Wilguess of Dennison, Ill.; two grandson, Brian and Aaron Wilguess; a sister, Janet Angle of Marshall; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert "Red" Barkley, Gene Barkley and Frank Barkley; and two sisters, Kitty Higginbotham and Betty Evitt.
Tom was a member of the Marshall Wesleyan Church. He enjoyed engraving and making canes as a hobby.
Services in honor of his life will be 2 p.m. CDT Saturday at Pearce Funeral Home with Pastors Adam Hafenbridle and Paul Burress officiating. Burial will be in Livingston Cemetery. Visitation will be 12 noon until service time Saturday. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences are being accepted at:
Published on September 7, 2017
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