Joseph Louis Qualls, 87 of Taylorville, died Friday September 4, 2020 at 2:33 a.m. at St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur. Joe was born the last of six children on April 6, 1933 in Decatur, the son of Albert & Bessie (Jackson) Qualls. He joined the Army and served his country proudly in the Korean Conflict where he received a bronze star. Joe married Phyllis Russell in Decatur on August 28, 1954 and they enjoyed 50 years together until she passed away in 2004. He later married Sheila Mediar and she also preceded him in death in 2011. Joe worked as a laborer most of his life and was a member of the Central Laborers Local 159 of Decatur, and a lifelong member of the Stonington American Legion Post 257 as well as Taylorville VFW Post 4495. In his spare time he truly enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Joe is survived by his son, Everett (wife, Jenny) Qualls of Williamsville; three grandchildren: Levi Qualls
& Storm Qualls, both of South Dakota, and Meghan Qualls of Argenta; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, two wives, two brothers, and three sisters.
Joe will be cremated, and a celebration of life will be held at his home Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Joe, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at

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