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Patricia Beasley James

Beasley James

JOHNSTON CITY — Patricia Ann Beasley James, 79, passed away at 1:05 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, at her residence after a long and courageous bout with cancer.

Patricia was born Oct. 4, 1937, in Robinson, the fourth of five daughters to Freddie and Emma E. (Montgomery) Fitts.

On June 4, 1955, Pat married Claude R. “Soapy” Beasley and from this union was born three daughters and a son. He preceded her in death Jan. 28, 2003, after 48 years of marriage. On June 12, 2004, Pat married the most wonderful man Joe S. James, who survives.

In addition she is survived by her children, Terri Erdman and her husband, Darrrell, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Debra Kimball and her husband, Ken Kimball of Waterville, Iowa, David Scott Beasley and wife, Tina, of Johnston City, Lori Glidewell and her husband, Charley, of Carbondale; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, Sara and husband, Kent, Kelsey and their children, Jackson and Robyn of Iowa Falls, Iowa, Bill Carlisle and wife, Kate, and their children, Lauren, Addison and Aubrey of Cameron, Wisconsin, Travis Erdman of New York City and Chris Erdman of Columbus, Ohio, Louis Glidewell and wife, Ashley, and their children, Allayna and Lewis of Murphysboro, and Whitney Marie Glidewell of Belleville. She is also survived by two sisters, Bettie Jean Liston of Racine, Wisconsin, and Alberta Ballew of Robinson; and a very special cousin, Nadine Henry of Robinson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Claude Beasley; sisters, Nellie Mason and Loretta Sue Bailey.

Pat was employed by the Illinois Central Railroad as a secretary and worked both in Carbondale and Champaign. She also worked for the Captain Mine in Percy and the Southern Illinois Airport at Carbondale.

She was a member of the Carbondale Elks, Eagles Club in Carbondale, the Little Egypt Orchid Society where she served as president for 16 years, Herrin Garden Club and the club dearest to her heart, The Herrin Woman’s Club. She loved her plants and flower garden, making porcelain dolls, stain glass lamps and window suncatchers, sewing, knitting, crocheting and traveling abroad.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in Meredith-Waddell Funeral Home in Herrin, with the Revs. Ken Kimball and Robert Morwell officiating. Interment will be in Pleasant Grove Memorial Park in Murphysboro. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the funeral home. The Elks 11th Hour Ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Illinois Elks Children’s Care Corporation, P.O. Box 222, Chatham, IL 62629 or to the First United Methodist Church, 301 Pine St., Carterville, IL 62918. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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