James Joseph Russell Beavers
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James Joseph Russell Beavers, born July 6th, 1918, in Mattoon, Ill. passed away on February 19th, 2013. A service honoring Jim's life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, February 23, 2013, in Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home, 1200 Wabash Avenue, Mattoon; Pastor Don Roberts will officiate. Jim will be laid to rest in Rest Haven Memorial Gardens, Mattoon. Military Rites will be performed by the Indiana National Guard. Visitation will be held on Friday, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.
James (Jim) was born, son of James M. and Amanda (Ingle) Beavers. He was raised in Mattoon, spending 94 years as a Mattoon resident and residing in his childhood home on North 12th Street until the age of 93. Jim was married to his wife Ella in 1943 at the Christian church in Mattoon, just prior to his deployment in World War II, for the United States Army Air Corps. Jim and Ella were stationed in Langley, Va., followed by Boca Raton, Fla., before settling temporarily in Salina, Kan., where their twin sons, James Michael and Joseph Russell were born. Jim and Ella moved their family back to Mattoon in 1946, where they resided until Ella's death in 2012. Jim and Ella were happily married for 68 years.
He is survived by his son James Michael Beavers; his two daughters-in-law: Phyllis Beavers and Judith Beavers; his five grandchildren: Jennifer Beavers, Mandy Schuette, Dawn Beavers, Kristy Mount and Michael Beavers; and his four great grandchildren: Ned Shuette, Jillian Shuette, Zoe Beavers and Jimmy Mount. He was preceded in death by his wife Ella Beavers, his son Joseph Dale Beavers, his brother Paul Beavers, his sister Florene Roark, and his parents James M. and Amanda Beavers.
Jim enjoyed his work as an accountant for Meadow Gold for over 30 years, retiring in 1982. Jim and Ella were avid travelers, visiting all 48 continental states, as well as Mexico and Canada. Upon retirement, Jim and Ella purchased a 30 foot trailer and spent five months out of each of the next 19 years as residents of McAllen, Texas. While in Texas, Jim volunteered for Children Haven International, teaching English as a second language. He was a member of the Christian Missionary Alliance and Grace Fellowship Church for 62 years, serving as an elder within the church. In his spare time, Jim enjoyed woodworking and bicycling. Jim was a devoted family man.
He will be remembered for his intelligence, his compassion and his strong faith in God. Memorials in his honor may be made to Grace Fellowship Church, 2220 Western Avenue, Mattoon, IL 61938.
Please visit: www.mitchell-jerdan.com to light a candle in his honor, or share a memory with his family.
Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home Ltd.
1200-12 Wabash Avenue
Mattoon, IL 61938
Published in the Journal & Courier from Feb. 21 to Feb. 22, 2013