Obituary: Preston Poyner, 23, Peoria

Staff Writer
Morton Times-News
Preston Poyner

Preston Spencer Poyner, 23, of Peoria passed away at 8:59 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in Peoria. He was formerly of Groveland and Morton.

He was born July 19, 1990, in Peoria to Daniel Poyner and Dhawn (Barnes) Workman.

Surviving are his father and stepmother, Dan and Deborah Poyner of Peoria; maternal grandfather, George Barnes of Peoria; his aunt, Roxane (Barnes) and Dr. Dale Fleming; their children, Andrew and Jessica; additional aunts and uncles, Katherine Simms, Debby and Walter Murphy, Carol and Jack McHenry; and their children, Linette (McHenry) and Joe Connick, Kari (McHenry) and Jason Monette (and son Jacob), and Xavier Garza, Mellisa, Monica, Morgan, and Matthew Murphy (and daughter Evelyn). Also surviving is his girlfriend, Diana Hernandez of DeKalb.

Preston was preceded in death by his mother; his paternal grandparents; and his maternal grandmother.

He was a member of Mossville United Methodist Church in Mossville.

He was a 2008 graduate of Morton High School, where he excelled in football and wrestling. In 2008, Preston was third in the nation in the 220-pound weight class. He continued wrestling at Northern Iowa Community College, where he received a wrestling scholarship. He was also a volunteer assistant coach for both football and wrestling at Morton.

Preston drove a truck for LaHood Construction Inc. in East Peoria for the past three summers. He also worked at Jimmy Johns in DeKalb.

His funeral was at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at Eastside Bible Church in Morton. Pastor Kevin Copeland officiated. Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church. Additional visitation was from 10 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service on Saturday. Private burial will be at Springdale Cemetery in Peoria.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to The Preston Poyner Huge Heart MHS Wrestling Scholarship in care of Morton Community Bank, 721 West Jackson St., Morton, IL 61550.

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