Max R. Casey

Max R. Casey

Max R. Casey, 70, of rural Buncombe, died at 2:04 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, at his home. At the time of his passing, he was surrounded by members of his loving family.

Mr. Casey was born on Dec. 13, 1949, in Union County, the son of Edwin and Bonita Watkins Casey.

On March 20, 1970, he was united in marriage to Betty L. Miller at the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.  She survives.

Other survivors include their children, Terry Sue (Troy) Norris and Shane (Kristy) Casey, all of Buncombe, and Brook (Adam) Harrawood of Harrisburg; grandchildren Lake Norris of Buncombe, Dawson (Morgan) Norris of Vienna, Casey Norris, Brandon Casey, Justin Casey, McKenna Casey and Ryan Casey, all of Buncombe, Autumn Rain Harrawood and Doc Harrawood of Harrisburg; his sister, LaRaye (Jay) Franklin of Goreville; and many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Casey was preceded in death by a brother, Terry Casey.

Mr. Casey was a 1968 graduate of Vienna High School. He was employed by the Carbondale office of the Illinois Department of Transportation for 11 years.  He was a lifelong farmer.

Mr. Casey was a devoted Christian and faithful member of Victory Baptist Church in Carterville.  

He enjoyed spending time with his family and attending their sports events.  He was also an avid reader and particularly enjoyed studying about the U.S. Civil War and Southern Illinois history. He particularly enjoyed visiting Civil War battlefields and cemeteries.

A service honoring the life of Max R. Casey was conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna. Pastor Glen Aulgur, Pastor Jay Franklin and Pastor Lake Norris, Mr. Casey’s grandson, officiated.

Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery near Buncombe.

Memorials can be made to: Hospice of Southern Illinois, 204 Halfway Rd., Marion, Ill. 62959; the Heather Harper Treat Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 98, Vienna, Ill. 62995; the Pleasant Grove Cemetery Fund, c/o Terry Norris, 300 May Ave., Buncombe, Ill. 62912; or to the Victory Baptist Church, P.O. Box 202, Carterville, Ill. 62918.

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Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna was in charge of arrangements.

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