---- — Dennis O’Neal, 55, of Mt. Vernon, died 9:06 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.
He was born Thursday, March 6, 1958, in Marion, the son of George J. and Lila (Yandell) O’Neal. He was married to Teresa True.
Dennis was an underground coal miner at Gateway Mine in Coulterville. He was a member of Summersville Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon.
He is survived by his mother, Lila Thompson of Mt. Vernon; six children, Joshua O’Neal and wife Denise of Mt. Vernon, Lucas O’Neal of Mt. Vernon, Ethan O’Neal and wife Marissa of Whiteman A.F.B., Knob Noster, Mo., Cody O’Neal of Mt. Vernon, Gabriel O’Neal of Woodlawn (twin to Alexandra) and Alexandra O’Neal of Mt. Vernon; grandchildren, Joshua, Raegan, Isaac, Jacob, Addisyn and Aubrey, another granddaughter expected soon; brother, Sam O’Neal of Jonesboro; sister, Kathy O’Neal of Benton; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon with the Rev. Don Verhines officiating. Graveside service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Wise-Robinson Cemetery in Ozark. Interment will be at Wise-Robinson Cemetery in Ozark.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon.
For those who wish, memorials may be given to the Mt. Vernon Township High School band or football program and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfuneralhome1969.com for further information and to send condolences.