Junior Sullins PEKIN - Junior Homer Sullins, 88, of Pekin passed away at 7:40 a.m. Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at his home. Born January 18, 1928, in Hanceville, Alabama, to Joshua Homer and Katie (Bauer) Sullins, he married Hazel D. Jackson on August 28, 1947, in Hanceville. She survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Margaret J. Frantz of Morton and Annette (Dave) Abbott of Bellaire, Michigan; one son, Michael (Brenda) Sullins of Decatur; eight grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; two brothers, Earnie Sullins and Franklin Sullins, both of Hanceville, Alabama; and three sisters, Ethelene Powell, Imogene Pennington and Louise Evans, all of Hanceville, Alabama. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, one daughter, two brothers and three sisters. Junior was a member of Faith Baptist Church. He had served his country in the United States Army during World War II. He later had the opportunity to participate in the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight. Junior had worked for Caterpillar, Inc. as a machinist for 31 years, retiring in 1985. He, along with his wife, later worked for the Army Corps of Engineers for seven years in Atlanta, Georgia. He was an avid fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide college football team. He loved camping and loved his church. He enjoyed teasing anyone, but especially the girls at Walgreen's on Broadway and Kroger's in Pekin. He also liked working in his garden. His graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hopewell Cemetery in Hanceville, Alabama, where military honors will be provided by the United States Army. The Rev. Truman Davis will officiate. There will be no visitation. Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin is in charge of local arrangements. Memorial contributions may be given to his church at 1501 Howard Ct., Pekin, IL 61554; or the Greater Peoria Honor Flight at P.O. Box 5072, Peoria, IL 61601. To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com .
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