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[September 17, 2019]
Michael R. Webb, 61, of Jacksonville, died Sunday, September 8,
2019, at his residence. He was born December 21, 1957, in
Bloomington, the son of Phyllis Faye Johnson. He married Joyce
Hembrough on August 8, 1988, and she survives.
6 p.m. on Monday, September 16, 2019, at Williamson
Williamson Funeral Home, 1405 Lincoln Avenue,
Michael R. Webb, 61, of Jacksonville,
died Sunday, September 8, 2019, at his residence. He
was born December 21, 1957, in Bloomington, the son
of Phyllis Faye Johnson. He married Joyce Hembrough
on August 8, 1988, and she survives.
Michael is survived by his daughter, Michal Kayla
Webb of Springfield; his mother Phyllis of Lincoln,
three sisters, Lucretia (Gene) Tackett and Teresa
(Kerry) Edwards-Crawford, both of Lincoln, and Patty
Webb-Lyle of Owensboro, Kentucky, and many nieces
Michael was the caretaker of the Stonebridge
Apartment Complex in Jacksonville for the past
twelve years. Prior to that, he owned and operated
Mike’s Lock and Key in Jacksonville for many years.
Many will remember Mike as an accomplished musician.
As a child, his mother taught him to play the
accordion. One of the first songs he learned was
“Orange Blossom Special” by Johnny Cash. From there,
his musical skills grew, and he eventually played
the guitar, steel guitar, fiddle, mandolin,
harmonica, and banjo. In his younger days he played
with the Illinois Country Opry and Petersburg Opry,
and went on to play with many bands including Gold
Dust, Austin City Limits, Hoosier Highway, Whiskey
Medicine, Seeing Daylight, New City Road, and most
recently, Madd Hoss Jackson. He turned down many
offers to play with well-known country musicians
because he had a young daughter at home and didn’t
want to be on the road.
Mike loved helping others, whether it was the people
of the Stonebridge Apartment Complex or someone on
the street needing some help. He was willing to do
whatever was needed for anyone. Above all else, Mike
cherished his daughter Michal.
A memorial service to celebrate Mike’s life
will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, September 16, 2019, at
Williamson Funeral Home. The family will meet friends from
2:30 to 5:30 Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research
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