James Eugene Reed Sr., 83, of Carterville, passed away Monday, March 6, 2023, at Herrin Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, March 10, 2023, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Curt Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in McKinney Hill Cemetery in rural Carbondale. Visitation will be from noon to 1:00 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions can be made to SIH Cancer Center.
James was born June 20, 1939, in Boskeydell, Illinois, to Rolla Daniel and Bessie (Bush) Reed. He married Peggy Louise Stewart on May 16, 1959, in Elgin, Illinois. Together they have shared 63 wonderful years.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy Reed; son, James Reed Jr.; daughters, Kathy (David) Adkins and Cindy (Curt) Mitchell; grandchildren, Elisabeth Adkins, Micah (Jenna) Mitchell, Caleb (Pauline) Mitchell, and Matthew Mitchell; great-grandchildren, Sophie and Eva Mitchell; brothers, Edward (Barbara) Reed, Curtis Reed, Thomas (Charlotte) Reed; numerous nieces and nephews.
James was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Pearl Jean Morrison, Laura Weller, and Ruth Morgan; and brother, Danny Reed.
He was a master carpenter with Local #638.
James enjoyed everything outdoors-gardening, farming, trapping, hunting and fishing. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
As a boy and younger man James wanted to be a professional baseball player and always enjoyed the world series.
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