William Preston Blythe of Christopher lost his hard-fought battle with cancer on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at the age of 78.
He was born on December 11, 1941, in Hurst to Clyde and Lucille (nee Downen) Blythe.
Early in his career, William worked in construction and later became the owner of Westgate Newstand in Arlington Heights, IL with wife Betty. Upon retirement, he moved back to Southern Illinois where he grew up.
William enjoyed spending time with his friends, family and attending Southern Illinois Saluki Basketball games. He was a jack of all trades and was always looking for the next project. He was loved by all because of his kindness, thoughtfulness and loving attitude.
William was preceded in death by his parents, sister Carol, and wife Betty.
William is survived by his children, Bill (Ginger) Blythe, Bonnie (Chuck) McGuire, Bradley (Caryn) Blythe: his grandchildren, Preston (Stephanie), Britni, Courtney, Terry, Bradyn; his 5 great-grandchildren: his loving companion Wilma Threlkeld; sisters Pat, Mary Sharon, and brother Jerry Wayne.
Visitation services will be held Saturday, February 22 at Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher 209 N Emma St. Christopher, Il between the hours of 10AM to 12PM and Monday, February 24 at Saunders and McFarlin Funeral Home 107 W Sumner St. Harvard IL between 10AM and 11AM followed by a procession to Union Cemetery in Union IL. For burial.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hurricane Baptist Church in Herrin IL.
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