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Jack Wathan

Mar 20th, 1935 - Jan 7th, 2022

Funeral:  1 p.m. Thursday, January 13, 2022, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home

Visitation:  11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home

Interment:  Odd Fellows Cemetery, Xenia


     Jackie “Jack” Lloyd Wathan, age 86, of Flora, Illinois, passed away Friday afternoon, January 7, 2022, at Flora Gardens Care Center. 

     Jack was born March 20, 1935, in Clay County, the son of Tiny Christopher Wathan and Mamie Marie (Stoops) Wathan.  He was united in marriage to Doris Marie Pennington on December 5, 1959, in Xenia, and together they shared 61 wedding anniversaries together.  She passed away eight months prior, on May 7, 2021.

     Jack learned basic carpentry skills early in life, and after long hours of labor and learning the fine details of his trade, he was regarded as a true craftsman.  He built and worked on many homes and businesses.  Often called upon by family and friends, Jack was ready to help anyone with whatever they needed.  Owning and handling horses, including stallions, and especially Black Tennessee Walkers, was one of his most enjoyable pursuits.  He and Doris worked together to prepare for showing horses, and they liked sharing their love of these beautiful animals with their family.  Around home, Jack took great pride in caring for his yard and garden.  His family and grandchildren were an outstanding joy in his life that he enjoyed spending time with.  He was a member of Bloom Baptist Church.

     He is survived by his children: Randy Wathan of Flora, Rhonda (Scott) Garrett of Flora, and Ronnie (Sharon) Wathan of Rock Hill, South Carolina; 7 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

     He was preceded in death by his parents; wife: Doris Wathan; brothers: James, Raymond “Short”, Melvin Eugene “Gene”, Harold “Bud”, and LeRoy “Skeeter” Wathan; and father-and-mother-in-law: Ray and Estel Pennington.

     A funeral ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, January 13, 2022, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora.  Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Xenia.  Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.  Memorial donations are suggested to either Bloom Baptist Church or any charity of the donor’s choice and will be accepted through the funeral home.  To share a condolence or memory, visit:


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Jacquie Young Cooper

January 8th

I'm so sorry for the loss of Jack.was such a nice guy. My deepest condolences.

Becky Bonville

January 9th

Jack was such a great guy it was such a pleasure to watch him work at a NAL Where it seemed like construction was perpetual during the 15 years I worked there. He was truly a craftsman and a master in his art. My condolences to his family

Bill an Linda McKinney

January 8th

Sorry to hear of this Shannon , prayers be with you all

Fred & Lynne Gocey

January 9th

Jack was a very nice man. He did work on our house also. Sorry to learn of his passing.

Billy and Candy Harrell

January 9th

We are so sorry to read of your dad’s passing. Wonderful neighbors, great people, they will be missed! Prayers during this difficult time.

John and Judy Lusk

January 9th

our condolences to Jacks's family. Jack was a good friend to everyone. He will be missed. We are sure Doris welcomed him home with open arms for they loved each other endlessly. The two of them spread love and kindness to everyone that knew them.

Ron, Tammie and Lil Ronnie McKinney

January 9th

We are so sorry for your loss.

Tammie Jo’s Meal House

January 9th

We are so sorry for your loss. He was dearly loved at the restaurant and will be missed by all of us.

Pennie & Charlie Fatheree

January 9th

Jack & Doris were an inportant & enjoyable part of my life. We live in "a house that Jack built'. Probably the only log cabin he ever built. We showed horses together many times & often sat down to Doris' wonderful cooking. Traveling together to the World Championship Tennessee Walking Horse Show is a fond memory. We miss you dear friends.

Jeff & Marti Ruger

January 9th

So sorry for you loss.

Kay Wathan Zech

January 9th

Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. Remembering thought of when we were kids and all the mischief we got into. Love, Kay

Dan and Sheena Wathan

January 9th

May you Rest In Peace!! Lord please be with the family in this hard time!! We love you guys! Our hearts are with you even though we are so many miles away!!

Michael & Kayla Anderson

January 9th

Great Friend and customer of Andy's Market years ago. Great wife and children.

Gene and Sara Wyatt

January 9th

Rhonda so sorry for you and all your family’s loss. He was such a nice man have a lot of great memories spending time with you all on the farm. My second family.

Larry and Donna Milner

January 9th

So sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers for the family.

Cindy Boose

January 10th

My heart is breaking for the family. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you, especially during this most difficult time.

Ovie and Cheryl Gaither

January 10th

So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for the family.

Rick and Trudy Zimmerman Stanford

January 11th

So sorry for your loss. I will always remember him with that beautiful black stallion Tennessee Walker in the Halloween Parades. Hugs to you Rhonda and Randy and all family.

Vince Guerrettaz

January 11th

Randy and Rhonda, so sorry to hear of this great loss of your Father and Mother, not long ago. May you all find peace and comfort as time passes and may they both rest in peace in Heaven.

Holly L Wathan

January 12th

Dear Randy, Rhonda, and Ron - I am so sorry for your loss. Uncle Jack always showed kindness and patience with my Eva, Dan and me. Spending time on the farm with Jack and Doris was such fun - playing in the barn and then raiding the Schwann's ice cream treats in the freezer. Watching Uncle Jack with horses was a treat, he seemed to be able to communicate without a word. May he rest in peace and love along with Aunt Doris.

The Piscitelli Family

January 12th

We are so sorry for your loss Ron (and Family). We will miss the stories of both your Dad, and your Mom, of all the great holidays and visits to see them. Sincerely, Michael, Kristen, Gabe and Piper

Rob Tillery

January 12th

Jack was truly one of the great ones. His stories will be sadly missed and as well as his firm hand shakes and gentle smile.

Patty Dunnigan Matt

January 12th

So sorry for your loss. My Dad always loved being part of your Family.

Kevin Ord

January 20th

A truly great man, and a wonderful neighbor. Wathans Corner will forever be in my heart and mind. Your folks were truly lovely, wonderful people, and we miss them. I suspect that many people share in some of your loss. He is heavens gain.



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Carla Eastberg
Jacquie Young Cooper
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Wayne Eastin & Diane Johnson
Randy & Lisa Hargis
Jerry "Butch" Erwin
Walt & Doloris Brewer
Phil & Jane Henson
Gale & Liz Beard
Mark Dunnigan
Diana & Greg Rutland
Linda Harrell Judd
Ronnie and Barb McGrew
Peggy Dunnigan Ellis
Kay Wathan Zech
Shelly Wilkins and Randy beard
Micheal W. & Kristal G. Engelmeier
Larry Frost
Larry & Sue Williams
Ed and Kathy Colclasure
Larry&Donna Milner
Vickie Simpson
Jean Guerrettaz
Dana & Barbara Milligan
Lenny and Marie Henson
Kenny & Sherrie Sessions
Danny McGrew
Jim and Sarah Hayes
Norman Philli[ps
Jimmy Sessions
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John and Judy Lusk
Mike and Kathy Kitley
Darren & Paula Peach
Neal & Janet Fehrenbacher
Jon and Chrissy Taylor
Pam Sessions
Ron, Tammie & Lil Ronnie McKinney
Gary and Pam Sessions
David Bryden
Kevin and Susan Moore
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Glenda Cooper
Gene & Betty Pieplow
Dave & Carolyn Henson
Marvin and JoAnn McCann
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Robert & Karen Noblet
Steve and Pat Caudle
Dennis and Shirley conard
Vickie Hill
June Payne
Anna Ferguson
Lowell & Brenda K Showalters
Dennis & Paula Frutiger
Gary & Terry Lane
Myron and Gail Woomer
Ron and Mary Anne Ayers
Lulu Mae Rascher & family
Steve and Nancy Mink
Robin White
Larry and Sue Kramer
Steve and Pat Henry
Sharon David
Jim and Brenda Thompson
Sam Oulrey
James and Mary West
Rita Weidner
Esther Walker
Robert and Regina Bricker
Mike and Sharon Gray
Frank King
Mark&Karen Jones
Bud & Deanita (Sutton) Edwards
Chuck & Linda Spitzner
David Eastin & Family
Gerald and Virginia Dennis
Jim Crego
Delberta Bowen
Bruce & Nannette Richards
Marty & Nancy Thompson
Lora delaney
Cindy Boose
Alan & Charlotte Hickox
Ovie and Cheryl Gaither
Earl &Brenda Milone
Gary Lehman
Rick and Trudy Zimmerman Stanford
Vince Guerrettaz
Dennis and Christy Uphold
Wes and Mary Jane Horath
Holly L Wathan & Ken Green
Sapphire Technical Solutions Team
Darrell & Dawn Cox
Janet (Beard) Britton
Jeremy. Sefton
Mary Stevens
Jennie Yingst
Damion Dehlinger & Family


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