JOHNSTON CITY — Gary L. Hatfield, 71, passed away 12:20 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in Nature Trail Health Care Center in Mount Vernon.
Gary was a former coal miner and a veteran of the U. S. Army serving in Vietnam in the Big Red One Infantry Unit and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for Heroism and Valor.
Gary was born Dec. 24, 1945, in Herrin, to Charles Wesley and Martha Jane (Pope) Hatfield.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Brian and Jessica Hatfield of Fort Myers, Florida, Marke and Mary Hatfield of Tuscola; daughter, Shannon Hatfield of Decatur; 10 grandchildren; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Earl Hatfield of Herrin, Gene and Mary Ann Hatfield of Herrin; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Helen Humphrey of Herrin, Carol and Dean Jent of Carterville; sister-in-law, Jeanne Hatfield of Johnston City; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Ruby Fogle, Barbara Hammonds, Margaret Hatfield; two brothers, Jack Hatfield and Bill Hatfield and a sister-in-law, Joann Hatfield.
Graveside services with military rites conducted by the Herrin American Legion and VFW Posts and the Illinois Army National Guard Funeral Honors Detail will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in Herrin City Cemetery, with the Rev. John Annable officiating. Family should gather at the cemetery prior to the time of the service.
Memorials may be made to Meredith-Waddell Funeral Home, P. O. Box 2071, in Herrin, IL 62948, to assist with funeral expenses.
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