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Florence O'Neal Slightom

Posted on 2/14/2017, 5:20 PM

HARRISBURG -- Florence O"Neal Slightom, formerly of Harrisburg, passed away quietly in Springfield Memorial Hospital on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017.

She was born Feb. 28, 1921, to Charles Paul and Mary (Steagall) O"Neal in Ozark.

Florence was married to Dr. John Slightom, former optometrist and mayor of Harrisburg. They spent many years raising their children there.

She was active in the local chapter of P.E.O. and First Baptist Church choir, along with many other community and social groups.

Mrs. Slightom received her bachelor's degree in education from SIU (then S.I. Normal College) with a concentration in English and music. She enjoyed teaching English and reading at Malan Junior High in the late 1960s and early '70s.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, John Paul; two brothers, Jim and Charles O"Neal; and son-in-law, Fred Whitlatch.

Survivors include her brother, Rayburn; children, Mary Ann (Rich) Morris, Jim (Mesha) Slightom and Debby Whitlatch; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and special friend, Fred Harvey (Marion).

She wanted her body to be donated to science and then cremated, with the ashes to be joined with her husband"s in the future. A small memorial service with just immediate family is planned for the future.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or charity of the donor"s choice.