James H. “Sam” DeWeese, 73, of Marissa, IL; born on February 13, 1943 in Cache, IL; passed away on Friday, March 18, 2016 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville, IL.
Mr. DeWeese started work as a laborer on different farms before eventually working as a factory laborer. He was a member of Trinity Assembly of God Church in Olive Branch, IL. Sam was well known at two Marissa restaurants – the Diner and Marissa Antique Station. Sam also was an avid college basketball fan. He really enjoyed watching the March tournaments.
He was preceded in death by his parents – Chester DeWeese and Elsie, nee Rollins, Houston, step-father, Roy Houston, two brothers – Lester DeWeese; Marion DeWeese. One sister – Dorothy Vaughn and 2 brothers-in-law; Frank Vaughn and Harry Coleson.
Sam is survived by one brother- Charles (Dorothy) DeWeese of Paducah, KY. Four sisters – Mary Coleson of Olive Branch, IL; JoAnn (Jerry) Ritter of New Athens, IL; Shirley (Jerry) Sams of Olive Branch, IL; Joyce Bigham of Olive Branch, IL. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Assembly of God Church.
Visitation: Friends may call at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm and at Trinity Assembly of God Church in Olive Branch, IL on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 from 9:00am to 11:00am.
Funeral: Services will be held at Trinity Assembly of God Church in Olive Branch, IL on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 11:00am with Pastor Stephen Clardy officiating.
Interment: Burial will be held at Olive Branch Cemetery in Olive Branch, IL.
Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL is in charge of arrangements.
Rest in peace “Sam”. We were shocked at his passing and when we didn’t see him for a couple of weeks we made special Sunday trips to the restaurant down in Marissa. He had been at ” the Dinner ” almost every Sunday until it closed down. We went to the other restaurant in town there and talked to him for two Sundays in a row. Then he just disappeared .
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