Andrew “Andy” Talley, 87, of New Athens, IL, formerly of Osage Beach, MO, born February 16, 1926 in Beaudry, Arkansas, died Friday, September 27, 2013 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL. Mr. Talley proudly and honorably served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WW2. He was a hospital administrator for 40 years, a life member of Rotary International, a member of several community Chamber of Commerce clubs and was also a lay minister. Andy loved to play music, especially the fiddle. He spent many hours singing and playing gospel and old time music with family and friends.
Mr. Talley was preceded in death by his parents, William Asa and Carrie (Howerton) Talley; his brothers and sisters; Walker, Raymond, Mildred, Millie, Marietta, William B., Jessie, Thomas, Rhoda E., Buster and Harry.
Andy is survived by his 3 daughters; Nancy (Dionicio Salazar) Talley of Memphis, TN, Anna (Steve) Mangin of Festus, MO and Chris (Earl) Armstrong of New Athens, IL; 3 grandchildren, Helen, Zachary and Amanda and 1 great grandchild; Jordan;
Memorials may be made to the Marissa Presbyterian Church in Marissa, IL
Visitation: Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, September 30, 2013 at the Marissa Presbyterian Church in Marissa, IL
Funeral: Services will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, September, 30, 2013 at at the Marissa Presbyterian Church in Marissa, IL with Rev. James Ryan officiating. A committal service will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, October 3, 2013 in Talley Cemetery in Jessieville, Arkansas.
Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL is in charge of arrangements
My most fun memory of Mr. Talley is when my mom, Christine, and I were all out sledding and Mr. Talley came out to join us. We all had the best time that day, often laughing so hard we couldn’t even stand up. Mom recently came up for a visit, and something sparked our memory of that sledding day and we both started laughing just thinking about it. What a great memory to have.
Posted by: Becky R. – MO – Friend of Christine Sep 30, 2013
Dear Loved Ones, For the past 30 years our family has been Andy’s neighbor at the lake. During this time we progressed from a wave and a hello to a close friendship. His wit and wisdom will certainly be missed. We often discussed politics, economics and world affairs. Andy always stayed well informed of the latest news items, so conversation was usually pretty lively with him being a conservative and me a liberal.
Posted by: Bob and Paula Nesbitrj – Osage Beach, MO – Neighbor Sep 30, 2013
Our hearts and are prayers with you. Hold on to all your wonderful memories , for they will hold you and comfort you. The Causey’s. Mark ,Patty , and Emily
Posted by: The Causey’s – New Athens, IL – Friends Sep 30, 2013
I met Mr. Talley while taking banjo lessons at the Banjo Shack from his daughter, Chris Talley Armstrong. I would see him sitting on the couch listening to people play and watching the bustle of jammers and customers in the shop. You could tell he was very proud of his daughter and loved her very much. Chris always talked about him in very glowing terms. Lots of love there!
In reading the obituary, I see that Mr. Talley was a very
Posted by: Pete Fornof – Edwardsville, IL – My music teacher’s father Sep 30, 2013
A very special man we were glad to meet and befriend. Andy was a proud WWII vet and told me of years in the Army Air Corps. We would jam and he ALWAYS had a smile on his face like sunshine. A true hero of our country,,wonderful father and a GREAT person,,,Always memories of love,,trust, and honor.
Posted by: Dan and Cindy Smith – New Athens, IL – friend Sep 30, 2013
I will always remember Andy’s smiling face and lively conversation on Thursday nights at the Bluegrass Shack. He was so easy to talk to and so willing to share his wisdom. He will be truly missed, he was a bright light.
Posted by: Denise, Steven, Christana & Colin Gray – Smithton, IL – Friend Sep 30, 2013
Dear Nancy and family,
I was so sorry to here about your Dad. Unfortunately, I know all too well what you are going through. As you know, I only met Andy once, on our trip and stay in Florida. We had a great time, I only wish I could have had more opportunities to meet with him. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Posted by: Carrol Dennis – Memphis, TN – friend Oct 01, 2013
I met Andy a few years ago returning his fathers fiddle that I found in Jay Oklahoma was the most priceless day for both of us.
I lost contact with him and was sad to find his obit . I’m thankful our paths crossed and he was a very special man.
Posted by: Pam stringfellow – Siloam springs, AR – Friend Sep 02, 2015