Manuel Biggerstaff, 78, formerly of McLeansboro, passed away at his residence on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, at 4:41 p.m. He was born on Dec. 7, 1936, in McLeansboro, the son of James Arthur Biggerstaff and Jennie Belle (Lasater) Biggerstaff. He married Laura Jane (York). Survivors include his wife, Laura Jane Biggerstaff of McLeansboro; five sons, Steve McMahon and wife Sally of Freeport, Gary McMahon and wife Mary of McLeansboro, Donnie McMahon and wife Denise of Mt. Vernon, John Biggerstaff and wife Irene of McLeansboro and Perry Biggerstaff and wife Melissa of Bloomington; one daughter, Carolyn Babb and husband David of Pontiac; three brothers, Dale Biggerstaff and wife Brenda of McLeansboro, Lowell Biggerstaff and wife Linda of McLeansboro and Johnny Biggerstaff and wife Sharon of Woodlawn; five sisters, Mary Ruth Parr of McLeansboro, Florene Dutton and husband Russ of Mt. Vernon, Alice McKinney of Sandwich, Nona Joann Beckham and husband Darrel of Belle Rive and Wanda Sledge and husband Morris of Mt. Vernon; 19 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Penny; one son, Leon; three brothers; and two sisters. He was a roofer. He was a member of the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church. His favorite activity was “piddleing.” Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Friday, Jan 9, at Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro with the Rev. Robert Sefried officiating. The visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 8, at Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro. Burial was at Old Springer Cemetery in Blairsville. Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro is in charge of all of the arrangements.
Published on  January 12, 2015