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Pleas Furlong Jr. of Harrisburg

updated: 5/13/2020 11:18 AM

Pleas Furlong Jr, age 88, of Harrisburg, passed away at 8 a.m., Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at Carrier Mills Nursing Home.

Pleas was born on March 8, 1932, in Saline County to the late Pleas and Margie (Layman) Furlong Sr. On Dec. 7, 1956, he married Oneda Prather and she survives in Harrisburg.

Pleas worked for Sahara Coal Co. and was a farmer. He enjoyed raising a large garden.

Pleas loved his family and was especially fond of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Oneda, Pleas is survived by two children: son, Michael Furlong and wife, Robbie, of Harrisburg and daughter, Lisa Johnson and husband Steve of Mount Vernon; granddaughter, Brandi Jones and husband Jarus of Carbondale; granddaughter, Michelle Reeves and husband, Tony of Mount Vernon; granddaughter, Ashton Lee of Edwardsville; great-grandchildren, Everly and Blaze Reeves of Mount Vernon; Grayson and Lofton Jones of Carbondale; and several nieces and nephews.

Pleas was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Janet Furlong; sisters, Velma and Mary; brothers, John, Bill, Luke, Hubert, Bob and Lowell; half-brothers, Freeman, Carl and Charlie.

Private family graveside services will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to Bankston Fork Baptist Church or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, envelopes will be available at the cemetery. Condolences may be left for the family on his obituary page at