Donald Deward Launius, age 81, widower of Delores Jean Launius, passed away on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Born in McLeansboro, he was a son of the late Jeff Hillard and Delcie Jenkins Launius. Mr. Launius was a graduate of Southern Illinois University before serving his country in the U.S. Air Force and the National Guard. He was a member of Community of Christ and was a Mason for over 50 years. Mr. Launius is survived by two daughters, Glinda L. Stricklin and husband Charles, and Teresa K. Girard and husband Jim; two sons, Donald D. Launius, II, and Michael R. Launius and wife Stephanie; six grandchildren, Bobbi Gentry Dubose and husband David, Michael C. Gentry, Tara Berry and husband Michael, Donald D. Launius, III, Danielle Launius, and David Launius; a great grandson, Parker Berry; a brother, Melvin Launius; and a sister, Virginia Durham and husband Doug. Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 28, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Cannon Funeral Home-Jones Chapel, 603 West Curtis Street, Simpsonville, SC, with entombment to follow in Graceland East Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 154 Milestone Way, Greenville, SC 29615, or Open Arms Hospice, 1836 West Georgia Road, Simpsonville, SC, 29680.
Published on  July 22, 2014