Joanne Butler, 78, Harrisburg

Joanne Butler, age 78, of Harrisburg, passed away at 4:58 AM Sunday, January 17, 2016 at Herrin Hospital.

She was born February 13, 1937 in the Dorrisville Community to the late Robert and Hazel (Tison) Mullinix. On March 1, 1957 she married Conard Butler and he preceded her in death on November 27, 2014. Joanne was a homemaker, former telephone operator and bank file clerk and a member of Dorrisville Baptist Church where she taught third and fourth grade Sunday School for over 20 years. Joanne was an Avon representative for nine years where she made many friends. She loved cooking for her family, making people laugh and she dearly loved her grandchildren.

Survivors include a son: Bruce and wife Joy Butler of Harrisburg; three grandchildren: Brenna Nicole Butler, Nathanial Alan Butler, and Brandon Alan Butler all of Harrisburg; sister: Mary Jane Goolsby of Harrisburg. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Conard.

Funeral service for Joanne will be 11 AM, Thursday, January 21, 2016 at Reed Funeral Chapel. Rev. Dewayne Taylor will officiate. Burial will follow in Liberty Cemetery in Harrisburg. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 PM, Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg. Condolences may be sent to the family through the obituary page at

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