James Strayhorn Jr.|
James Lee Strayhorn, Jr., 68, of Lebanon, Ill., born August 19, 1947, in East St. Louis, Ill., passed away Dec. 16, 2015, at his home.
Jim grew up in East St. Louis, attended St. Philip Grade School, Assumption Catholic High School, and graduated from East St. Louis High School in 1966. He soon enlisted in the Air Force, serving two tours in Vietnam as a C-133B aircraft mechanic. He later attended barber college, and was also a well-known bartender at various restaurants throughout St. Louis, but his true passion and gifts were best expressed in his artistic style as owner and designer at Faboo Floral and Gift Shop in St. Louis. Jim most recently worked as a paint specialist at Lowe's. Jim was an avid cyclist. He will be missed by his friends and family.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy E., nee Schlattweiler, Strayhorn; brother, Steven Strayhorn; and his grandparents, Elizabeth Schlattweiler, and Frank and Ester Strayhorn.
Surviving are his father, J. Lee Strayhorn and his sister, Judith A. Lemansky, both of Lebanon; nieces and nephews, James L. (Erika) Lemansky, Jr., of Fairview Heights, Lisa (Michael) Mojzis of Fairview Heights, Kelly (James) Kirk of Manchester, Mo., and Matthew A. (girlfriend Heather) Strayhorn of Columbia, Ill; his sister-in-law, Diney Strayhorn of Belleville; brother-in-law, James L. Lemansky, Sr., of O'Fallon; great-niece and great-nephews, Max and Lillie Kirk, David, Carl, and Michael Lemansky, and Henry Mojzis.
Memorial donations are suggested to support the St. Clare Catholic Church Capital Development Campaign. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.wfh-ofallon.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O'Fallon, Ill.
WOLFERSBERGER FUNERAL HOME, O'Fallon, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Dec. 24, 2015