MARION -- Frank Kevin McCree, 61, of Marion, went home to be with his Lord on Friday, March 15, 2019 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, surrounded by his loving family, and after a brave 16-year battle with cancer.
Frank was born in Marion, Illinois, the son of Shirley (Brush) and Dennis McCree, Jr.
He married Connie Snider. She survives in Marion.
He was a member of the Scottsboro Baptist Church in Marion. He was a proud fireman for the Marion Fire Department for 22 years, retiring Aug. 31, 2003 when his battle with cancer began. He was a member of the IAFF (International Association of Firefighters) Local #2977.
Frank enjoyed basketball and singing in his church, but his greatest joys came from his family. He treasured his time with his hunting buddy, Erin.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the wonderful doctors and nurses at Barnes Jewish Hospital and the Siteman Cancer Center. Your care and compassion is deeply appreciated.
Survivors include his wife, Connie McCree, of Marion; daughter and son-in-law, Erin (Garrett) Mattox, of Anna; his mother, Shirley Martin of Marion; brother, Laughton McCree of Marion; sister, Natalie (Ed) Rodriguez of Marion; mother-in-law, Carolyn Snider of Goreville; sister-in-law, Pam Borum of Goreville; brother- and sister-in-law, Norman and Nancy Cato of Goreville; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and great nieces and nephews.
Frank was preceded in death by his father; father-in-law, Oscar Snider; sister-in-law, Marsha Cato; paternal grandparents, Lena and Dennis McCree, Sr.; and maternal grandparents, Edith and Harley Brush.
The funeral service will begin at noon on Wednesday, March 20 at Scottsboro Baptist Church in Marion with the Rev. Mike Hood officiating.
Burial will follow at Grange Hall Cemetery. A time of visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until noon on Wednesday at the church.
Blue Funeral Home in Marion is assisting the family with final arrangements.
Memorial donations are suggested to the Scottsboro Baptist Church Building Fund or the American Cancer Society and will be accepted at the services or Blue Funeral Home, 1704 N. Court St., Marion, IL 62959.
For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, visit www.bluefuneralhome.com.