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Reba Dean C________ Haggard
9/27/1915 – 12/21/2001


   Reba D. Haggard, 86, of 212 S. Pine Street, Zeigler, Illinois died at 4:46 a.m., Friday, December 21, 2001 at Franklin Hospital in Benton, Illinois.

   Reba was born September 27, 1915 in Zeigler to Clarence and Bessie (Brooks) C________.  She married Randall F. Haggard November 8, 1940 in Jackson, Missouri. He survives in Zeigler.

   Other survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Emmitt Haggard of Zeigler, Curtis and Joni Haggard of Stafford, Virginia; four grandchildren, Randall and Robert Haggard of Stafford, Virginia, Anna and Lora Haggard of Las Vegas, Nevada and two great grandchildren, Taylor and Garrick.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, a step-father, Urey E. Sparks and a brother, Emmett C________.

   Mrs. Haggard was a member of the First Christian Church in Zeigler and the Zeigler Eastern Star.

   Funeral services for Mrs. Haggard will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, December 28, 2001 at Vantrease Funeral Home in Zeigler with Brother Larry Hallman officiating. Burial will be at Mulkeytown Cemetery in Mulkeytown, Illinois. Visiting hours are from 5 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home after 8:00 a.m., Friday until hour of the services on Friday.

   Memorial contributions in memory of Mrs. Haggard may be made to the Zeigler Library Foundation and will be accepted at the funeral home.


Emmitt Ennis Haggard
1/11/1948 – 4/8/2006


   Emmitt Haggard, 58, of California, formerly of Las Vegas, Nevada and Zeigler, Illinois passed away Saturday, April 8, 2006, in Lake Elsinore, California.


   He was a poker dealer in the casino industry.  Emmitt is survived by his father, Randall Haggard; daughters, Lora Nelson and her husband, Jason, and Minna Haggard; brother, Curtis Haggard and his wife, Joni; grandson, Garrick Dicus; granddaughter, Taylor Murray; and his longtime companion, Sandy Jones.


   Services will be private.


Randall Fidelis Haggard
3/8/1910 – 6/16/2006


   Randall Fidelis Haggard, of 212 South Pine Street in Zeigler, Illinois, peacefully passed away at home on June 16th, 2006 at 8:10 p.m.; he was 96 years old. He was born in Benton, Illinois, on March 8, 1910, to Lora Ladonna Harrison, a 16-year old girl from Missouri. Randall never met his father, Clarence Douglas Haggard (b. April 19, 1892 in Manchester, Tennessee). Shortly before his death in July 1974 (in Mendocino, California), he telephoned Randall (then living in Las Vegas, Nevada); the two spoke briefly, but he told his estranged father that, “You never wanted me before, so it’s too late to meet me now.”

   As a young boy, his family moved to Montana to homestead, 3 miles from the Canadian border, near the town of Turner. (If he fell off his horse on the way to school, he had to walk the rest of the five miles, because he wasn’t big enough to get back on.)

   His family returned to Zeigler, and at the age of 16, he began mining coal at Zeigler Mine Number Two. In all, he mined coal for 34 years. Originally, he was known as “Fat Hubbard,” since his Mother had married. When Social Security started, however, he and his Mother decided that his name would be “Haggard,” legally. At her death, Lora Prudent was living in the small house near the alley, at 120 South Pine Street, in Zeigler.

   With WWII on the horizon, he married Reba Dean C________, of Zeigler, on November 8th, 1940, in Jackson Missouri (no waiting period across the state line). At the start of the war, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps. Following initial training in California, he passed through Zeigler, on a train, on his way to Europe. He rode the Queen Mary (pressed into service as a troop transport) in crossing the Atlantic, both times. He was stationed as a member of the ground crew of the 66th U.S. Fighter Group Squadron stationed in Southern England, near the village of Ipswich. During his absence, Reba moved to Detroit, with a friend, Irene Beals, also of Zeigler, to work in a Sangamo Electric Factory, making switches in support of the war. He returned to his wife in Zeigler, after the war, having been gone three years-to the day.

   Three years after winning the war, their first son, Emmitt Ennis was born. Emmitt was a gifted student; skipping the 7th grade. He was a promising baseball pitcher for the American Legion team. Sadly, Emmitt passed away at the age of 58, on April 8, 2006, in Lake Elsinore, California. He is survived by his two daughters in Las Vegas, Nevada, Lora Nelson (and her husband, Jason), and Minna Haggard (and her son Garrick Dicus and daughter Taylor Murray).

   Seven years after Emmitt’s arrival, a second son, Curtis Dean, came along (to parents 45 and 40 years of age). Curtis retired from the U.S. Navy in 2002, with 24 years of service. He married Joni Flegal, of Plainwell Michigan, on May 15, 1982, at the home of her parents. They work in Northern Virginia and live in Stafford, Virginia, with their two sons, Randy and Bobby.

   Randall also worked for the City of Zeigler for several years in the early 1960’s, for the Police and Water Departments. In 1967, he and Reba sold their home at 211 Maple Street in Zeigler, packed up their Oldsmobile, and headed to Las Vegas, Nevada (Emmitt was 19 and in the U.S. Air Force in Saudi Arabia, and Curtis was 11 and in the back seat of the “Delta 88,” going down Route 66). This couple, aged 57 and 52, sold everything and moved “to the Wild West,” with no guarantee of employment, and thrived in Nevada.

   In Las Vegas, Randall and Reba both worked for (and retired (again) from) the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Then, they returned to their home town of Zeigler.

   He was preceded in death by his mother, wife (Reba passed away in Benton, on December 21, 2001), and son, Emmitt.

   For many years, Randall’s neighbor, Carrie Hensley-Walter has been the loving caregiver to Reba and Randall. Joni and Curt would like to publicly thank her for her love and wonderful support to both of his parents-they will be forever in her debt.

   Funeral services for Mr. Haggard will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, June 22, 2006 at Vantrease Funeral Home in Zeigler. Burial will be at Mulkeytown Cemetery with military grave side courtesy of the Zeigler American Legion, Patrick McClellan Post 177. Visiting hours are after 12:00 noon Thursday until the hour of the services.

   He was a proud member of the Zeigler American Legion and the Zeigler Eagles Lodge.

   Memorial contributions in memory of Mr. Haggard may be made to the Zeigler Library Foundation and will be accepted at the funeral home.