Born: Sunday, April 10, 1921
Died: Monday, June 9, 2014
Thomas S. "Cotton" Heath, Jr., age 93, of Centralia, Illinois,
passed away at 1:36 P.M. on Monday, June 9, 2014 at St.
Mary's Hospital in Centralia, Illinois. He was born April 10,
1921 in Paducah, Kentucky, the son of Thomas S. Sr. and
Audra (Colvin) Heath. He married Wilma June Hanks on
October 14, 1946 in Paducah, Kentucky and she survives in
Centralia, Illinois. In addition to his wife of 67 years, Mr,
Heath is survived by a sister-in-law Nancy Temple of
Louisville, Kentucky, 2 nieces Tracy Friedlein of Louisville,
Kentucky and Melissa Pederson and husband Jeff of Fort Sill,
Oklahoma, 1 nephew Tom Temple and wife Sheena of
California, 2 great nieces Madeline Pederson of Oklahoma
and Sarah Pederson of Oklahoma and 2 great nephews
Westin Temple of California and Brandon Temple of
California. Mr. Heath was preceded in death by his parents,
daughter Darlene Heath and half brother Deward Colvin. Mr.
Heath was a member of First United Methodist Church in
Centralia, Illinois. He was an U.S. Army veteran serving
during World War II and was stationed at Fort Bragg, North
Carolina. He was a member of the Centralia American
Legion Post # 446 and Centralia Elks B.P.O.E Lodge # 493.
He enjoyed traveling with his wife, playing the keyboard and
flying model airplanes. Mr. Heath retired on May 1, 1982 as
a supervisor from the Illinois Central Railroad after 41 years
of service. He was a life long resident of Centralia, Illinois
and previously lived in Paducah, Kentucky. Funeral Services
will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the
Moran Queen-Boggs Funeral Home in Centralia, Illinois with
Reverend Rusty Beals officiating. Interment will follow in
Maplelawn Park Cemetery in Paducah, Kentucky with a
graveside service at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday. Friends may call
from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Friday, June 13, 2014 at the
funeral home. Memorial Contributions may be made in Mr.
Heath's honor to the Charity of Donor's Choice and will be
received at the Moran Queen-Boggs Funeral Home in
Centralia, Illinois, Online condolences of sympathy may be
left for Mr. Heath's family on Facebook.
Saturday, June 14th, 2014 2:00pm
Maplelawn Park Cemetery