Sibyl Pauline Wintizer Whitlock passed away peacefully in her sleep early Thursday morning, Feb. 7, 2013, at her daughter, Linda Shakir's home in Harrisburg.
Sibyl was born March 4, 1923, in the community of Big Ridge to Ben and Tessie Wintizer.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, J.W. Wintizer of Big Ridge; her sister, Oleva Winterberger, of Sacramento, Calif.; her husband, Philip Whitlock; her son, Jim Whitlock; and her grandson, Jimmy Whitlock.
She is survived by a son, Ben Whitlock; two daughters, Linda Shakir, Harrisburg; Kay Whitlock, Chicago; four grandchildren, Lyndi Whitlock-Lane, Kristi Smith, Dr. Shariff Shakir and George Whitlock.
Sibyl had a long working history as a farm wife, the parts "man" at Whitlock Tractors and Chamness Ford. She managed Karpet Korner in Harrisburg before founding Sibyl's Carpets in 1978. She managed Sibyl's Carpets and calculated work orders until her death.
Sibyl was a great cook regularly hosting Sunday family dinners where there was always room and food for one or two more and, if your birthday was close, you got to choose the menu. She loved to travel and mostly visited friends and relatives rather than the sights. Her travels covered much of Illinois; Florida; Colorado; Germany; Georgia; California many times; Australia; New Zealand; Philadelphia; and Abilene, Texas, one time for a nephew's wedding. Sibyl loved to dance and was a regular at senior dances all over Southern Illinois. She played pinochle on Tuesday's at Bobbi Jo's in Galatia.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg. The Rev. Ownly Williams will officiate. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at Reed Funeral Chapel. Memorial donations can be made to the Harvest Deliverance Center in Harrisburg. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to the family through the obituary page at www.reedfuneralchapel.com.