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MARION — Frank Kevin McCree, 61, went home to be with his Lord on Friday, March 15, 2019, from Barnes-Jewish Hospital, surrounded by his loving family, after a brave 16-year battle with cancer.

Frank was born in Marion, the son of Shirley (Brush) and Dennis McCree Jr.

He married Connie Snider. She survives in Marion.

Mr. McCree was a member of the Scottsboro Baptist Church in Marion.

Frank was a proud fireman for the Marion Fire Department for 22 years, retiring Aug. 31, 2003, when his battle with cancer began.

He was a member of the IAFF (International Association of Firefighters) Local 2977.

Frank enjoyed basketball and singing in his church but his greatest joys came from his family. He treasured his time with his hunting buddy, Erin. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the wonderful doctors and nurses at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the Siteman Cancer Center. "Your care and compassion is deeply appreciated."

Survivors include his wife, Connie McCree of Marion; daughter and son-in-law, Erin and Garrett Mattox of Anna; mother, Shirley Martin of Marion; brother, Laughton McCree of Marion; sister, Natalie and Ed Rodriguez of Marion; mother-in-law, Carolyn Snider of Goreville; sister-in-law, Pam Borum of Goreville; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Norman and Nancy Cato of Goreville; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father; father-in-law, Oscar Snider; sister-in-law, Marsha Cato; paternal grandparents, Lena and Dennis McCree Sr.; and maternal grandparents, Edith and Harley Brush.

Services will be at noon Wednesday, March 20, in Scottsboro Baptist Church in Marion, with the Rev. Mike Hood officiating. Burial will follow at Grange Hall Cemetery. A time of visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the church.

Blue Funeral Home in Marion is assisting the family with final arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Scottsboro Baptist Church Building Fund or the American Cancer Society and will be accepted at the services or Blue Funeral Home, 1704 N. Court St., Marion, IL 62959.

For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, visit www.bluefuneralhome.com.

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