Petersburg Observer, May 9, 1968

Joseph R. Feagans, born in Petersburg and a veteran of World War I, died at 1:20 a.m. Sunday, May 5 at St. John's Hospital where he had been a patient for five weeks, suffering from a heart condition. He was 74.

Mr. Feagans was well known throughout the area as a painter and decorator, which vocation he followed for many years. But few of the younger generation knew that he had been a musician in his youth, a member of the then famous Feagans Family Band, which furnished music for many circuses extant at the time.

He was a member of Central Presbyterian Church and of Kirby-Watkins Post, American Legion and was the recipient of a 50-year membership pin in the Post last year. He served overseas during World War I, as a musician, attached to Headquarters of the 328th Infantry.

He was born Sept. 3, 1894 in Petersburg, son of Joseph R. and Emma Underwood Feagans. He married Miss Faye Clary in Springfield, on Nov. 28, 1923, the ceremony being performed by Rev. H. M. Hildebrant, former pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Petersburg.

Surviving are his wife Faye; three sons, Joseph Jr. of Tallula, Frank of Vandalia and John of Normal; 15 grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. His parents, five sisters and three brothers preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held at the Satorius Funeral Home at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, May 7, Rev. Hayward McCollough officiated, and burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, with the American Legion having charge of the graveside service.

Transcribed by:John Feagans

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