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Obituary of Christopher Dean Ferrell

Christopher Dean Ferrell, age 59, of Galatia, passed away at 9:36 a.m., Friday, June 19, 2020 at Harrisburg Medical Center surrounded by his family.
Chris was born on September 12, 1960 in Harrisburg, Illinois to the late Bonnie (Palmer) Ferrell. On October 17, 2003, he married Tina Lane, and she survives.
Chris was a retired coal mine manager. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed all things outdoors, but was especially fond of taking care of his cattle. He enjoyed working on his John Deere tractors and loved GMC pickup trucks. Chris was an independent man who worked very hard.
In addition to his wife, Tina, Chris is survived by three children, son, Justin Ferrell and wife Leslie of Galatia, daughter Naomi Tullis of Eldorado, son, Patrick Tullis and wife Shelly of Lexington, Kentucky; grandchildren, Laney Jo Adams, Kaydence Goben and Addison Goben; sister, Debbie Jones and husband Jerry of Harrisburg; brother, Randy Ferrell and wife, Judith of Henderson, Kentucky; nieces and nephews, Misty Stone and husband, Brandon of Norris City; Nathan Ferrell and wife Jenny of Mt. Vernon, Indiana; and great-nieces and nephews, Wyatt Stone and Weston Stone of Norris City; and Carson Ferrell and Connor Ferrell of Mt. Vernon, Indiana
Chris was preceded in death by his mother, and grandson, Elliot “Little Giggle Bunny” Tullis.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, June 22, 2020 at Cave Hill Cemetery, Cave-In-Rock, Illinois. Pastor Kevin Peyton will officiate. Memorials may be made to Village Community Church of Galatia, Elliot Tullis Foundation at University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital, or the American Diabetes Association.
Condolences may be left for the family on his obituary page at


  1. Dean Winters on June 19, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    RIP Gris we had a lot of great times goofing off as kids and fun working in the coal mines. Going to miss ya

  2. Lonnie G Mitchell on June 19, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    Justin and Leslie, Tonya and I are so sorry for your loss. I know it sounds sort of cliche, but, Chris was a really good man, a great boss, and friend. He will surely be missed. Lonnie

  3. Norma Harrison on June 19, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    Leslie and Justin, so sorry to hear about the death of Justin’s dad-sounds like he was a great guy. May your memories sustain you during this sad time.
    Patrick and Shelly, so sorry to hear of your dad’s death, Patrick. As I said above he sounded like a great guy. Hope your memories sustain you at this sad time. Patrick, I did not realize that Leslie was your sister-in-law. Leslie was my boss at Herrin Hospital – a great gal. We think of you often and have fond memories of our times together. Bill and Norma Harrison of Herrin

  4. Tiffany Kumorek on June 19, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    My heart goes out to all of you. I’m so sorry for your loss. Chris was a great guy.. Sending prayers, thoughts and love to the whole family

  5. Kelly Rantz on June 19, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    Sooo VERY sorry to hear of Chris’s passing. He will be missed by many. 😢

  6. Jim Wilson on June 20, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    Prayers to the family, worked with at mine. Was a good friend.

  7. Chris Wangler on June 20, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    Prayers for the family god’s love .he was a good man worked for him at the mine

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