Joseph Rice Pedigo age 45, passed away at 3:37 a.m., Tuesday, March 28, 2023, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital of St. Louis, Missouri. Tina Marie Pedigo age 44, passed away at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, 2023, also at Barnes-Jewish Hospital of St. Louis, Missouri.
Tina had been hospitalized and was being kept alive on life support. Joseph was at her bedside when he passed away. Their love for each other was so strong that Joseph knew he could not live without Tina, and he died of a broken heart.
Joseph and Tina will be cremated.
Leffler Funeral Home of Benton is in charge of the cremation arrangements.
A Celebration of Life Service was held for family and close friends last weekend in Eldorado.
Joseph was born on June 2, 1977, in Benton, Illinois; the son of Anthony Chris Pedigo and Laverne Lomay (Holmes) Pedigo Williams. He married Tina Marie Briley on March 27, 2008.
Tina was born on October 22, 1978, in Benton, Illinois; the daughter of David William Briley and Janet (Milligan) Briley Pearce. She married Joseph Rice Pedigo on March 27, 2008, and he preceded her in death by 13 hours and 8 minutes on Tuesday, March 28, 2023.
Joe was a self-employed mechanic. He formerly worked in construction and with Biebel Roofing. Joe formerly attended Faith Baptist Church and Abundant Life United Pentecostal Church, both of Benton.
Tina was a Certified Nurses Aide, having worked at Stonebridge Nursing and Rehab of Benton. She also formerly worked at Ina McDonalds and Benton Kentucky Fried Chicken. She formerly attended First Baptist Church of Benton.
Joe and Tina enjoyed canoeing, camping, fishing, hunting, and working on vehicles. Joe also enjoyed riding dirt-bikes and all-terrain vehicles. The family said Tina considered everyone she knew as her family.
Joe and Tina are survived by two children: Ariana Curwick and husband Jonathan of Benton, Illinois, Benjimin Lee Briley of Benton, Illinois; a grandson Lucas Ray Curwick.
Other survivors include Tina’s mother Janet Pearce of Benton, Illinois; Joe’s step-father James Williams of Mooresville, North Carolina; Tina’s siblings: Sasha Marie Briley of Tennessee, Raven Fager and husband Luke of Vergennes, Illinois, Sandra Edwards of Tennessee, David Briley of Ewing, Illinois, Chris Briley of Illinois; Joe’s half-sister Sheila Wininger of Royalton, Illinois; Joe’s brother Christopher M. Pedigo and fiancée’ Rebacca of Mt. Vernon, Illinois; Joe’s nephews: Vincent Hasenjaeger, Daniel Michael Pedigo, Eric Dalton Pedigo, Conner Liam Pedigo; Joe’s niece Christine N. Schanda; Tina also has several nieces and nephews.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents; paternal grandparents: Rice and Flossie Pedigo; maternal grandparents Melvin M. Holmes I, and Thelma Jean Holmes; and a brother-in-law Richard McVay.
Tina was preceded in death by her husband Joe; her father David Briley; a sister Brandy Rochelle Briley; paternal grandparents Denzel and Kathryn Briley.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family of Joseph and Tina Pedigo to assist with the cremation expenses, and will be accepted at the Leffler Funeral Home, 401 East Main Street, Benton, Illinois 62812.
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