Joan Wright

Jan 21st, 1938 - May 28th, 2017


Center Baptist Church

Sat, Jun. 3rd, 2017 9:30


Center Baptist Church

Sat, Jun. 3rd, 2017 11am

Joan Wright

Johnston City-Joan H. Wright, 79, passed away on Sunday, May 28, 2017 at her home after a six month battle with cancer.

Joan was born on January 21, 1938 in Williamson County to Alva and Lorene (Miller) Handkins. She married George Wright on July 20, 1963 at Center Baptist Church in Crab Orchard.  He preceded her in death on September 3, 2008.

Joan was a member of Center Baptist Church and placed her faith in Jesus when she was 10 years old. She loved to laugh and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include:


Kimberly and Scott Barger of Crab Orchard

Teresa and Stephen Watson of Fairfax, VA

Natalie and Kenneth Mitchell of Johnston City

Marshall and Elisha Wright of Crab Orchard


Cody Barger

Jared and Katie Barger

Jordan Adams

Rebecca and Chris Wiksten

Christopher Watson

Jacob Watson

James Meadows

Lindsey Meadows

Kayla Wright

Sarah Wright

Jedidiah Wright

Noah Wright

Great grandchildren:

Jace, Soloman, Damian, Cadence and Alexandria

Brother-Darrel and Trina Handkins of Carterville

Sister in law-Donna Handkins of Apex, NC

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George; brothers, Carl Ray Handkins and Edward Handkins and three infant grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 11am Center Baptist Church in Crab Orchard with Rev. Tim Ozment officiating. Visitation will be on Saturday from 9:30am until the time of service at the church.  Blue Funeral Home in Marion is assisting the family with arrangements.

For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made to the Lighthouse Shelter. Envelopes will be available and accepted at Blue Funeral Home; 1704 N. Court Street; Marion, IL 62959.  For more information, or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit

6 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Stephen A. Smith

    From: New Baden, IL, Illinois

    Date: May 30, 2017

    Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers as you travel the road leading through the valley of the shadow of death, and yet rejoicing with you in the knowledge of Joan’s salvation and home-going!!!

  • Guest: Sheryl and Steve Gregus

    From: Edmond, Oklahoma

    Date: May 30, 2017

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Heaven received a beautiful angel.

  • Guest: Karla Tirre

    From: Fairfax, Virginia

    Date: May 31, 2017

    “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:2-3 NIV)

    May you receive comfort knowing she is with Jesus.

  • Guest: Julia Smith

    From: Sitka Alaska, Illinois

    Date: June 1, 2017

    May God fill you with peace at the time of sorrow. Our family’s loss is heaven’s gain.

  • Guest: Don & Vicki Casper and John Casper

    From: Anna, Illinois

    Date: June 1, 2017

    We are down in Branson and are so very about your loss. Your mother was a very sweet, soft-spoken lady.
    Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Don and Vicki Casper …. and John Casper

  • Guest: Charlotte Beasley

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: June 3, 2017

    Elisha and Marshall and family so sorry for your loss my prayers and thoughts are with you! May the Holy Spirit blanket you all with His comfort and peace. God Bless !!