George Alvin Lingle, 87, of the Blackjack/Birdsong community in rural St. Clair County, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, in Cox South in Springfield. He was born on Feb. 11, 1926, to George Ellsworth and Eva (Cramner) Lingle in Splitlog.
On June 1, 1947, Alvin married Rozella F. Barber near Hopeton, OK. To this union five children were born.
Alvin and Rozella lived in Texas until the mid-1950s and Lamar, CO, before moving to the El Dorado Springs/Stockton area on Sept. 12, 1963. This area became home because they enjoyed the company of the Blackjack Church of God (Holiness).
For many years Alvin worked for Witt Printing Company. He enjoyed doing mechanic work in his garage on vehicles, mowers and anything else with working parts. When deer season came, he could always find time to hunt with his family.
Alvin was preceded in death by his father and mother; four sisters – Vica, Ellen, Fayetta and Esther; two brothers, Lee and Earl; and one son, Dale.
Survivors include his wife Rozella; four children – Diana, George W. and Virgil of the home and Leonard of Overland Park, KS; two sisters, Oca Holt – Canon City, CO, and Leota Desch, and husband, Jim – Germantown, OH; and many grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.
Services were held Sunday, Sept. 1, in Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home, El Dorado Springs, with Rev. Joe Dodson and Rev. Jimmie Lee officiating. Interment followed in Brush Creek Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Jim Desch, Jerry Cox, Travis Bland, Tysen Sayler, Nolan Davis, Jim Davis, Fred Teed and Wayne Worthington. Honorary pallbearers were Lewis Cox and Larry Worthington.
Memorial donations may be made to the Black Jack Church Building Fund and left at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at www.blandhackleman.com.