H.E. “Sonny” Yeargin Jr., 80, Woodstock, formerly of Urbana, died Saturday, July 28, 2012, at Hospice and Palliative Care of Northeastern Illinois, Barrington.
He was born Dec. 3, 1931, in Nashville, Tenn., to H.E. and Margaret Yeargin.
On June 17, 1954, he married Edna M. Tenbrook in Urbana.
He attended Champaign Central High School after his discharge from the U.S. Navy. His career in mechanics spanned six decades in the Champaign/Urbana area.
He owned Sonny’s Towing Service in Urbana, as well as a service station and auto repair shop, for many years. He was an avid golfer and, after his retirement, was a ranger during summers at two local golf courses.
He loved racing, especially stock cars. He was a 32nd-degree Mason and a member of Urbana Lodge No. 157.
Survivors include two daughters, Candice I. Yeargin, Woodstock, and Jill S. Yeargin Tully, Washington, Ill.; a son, Greg Yeargin, Champaign; a sister, Jean Y. Lewis, Mississippi; six nieces, Dawn Howard, Arkansas, Debbie Jones, Mona P. Jones and Cindy Currie, all of Tennessee, Donna Joy Jones, Florida, and Bonnye McDonald, Mississippi; two grandchildren, Emma C. Tully, Washington, Ill., and Dylen C. Yeargin, Fithian; two sister-in-laws, Virgina Gibson, Colorado, and Nettie Tenbrook, Urbana; a brother-in-law, Claris Tenbrook, Peoria; and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wife; his parents; and a brother, Bill Yeargin.
The visitation and memorial service were Aug. 4 at Morgan Memorial Home, Savoy. Burial was private.
Memorials can be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Northeastern Illinois, 405 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington, IL 60010.