James R. Thomas, age 63, of Glen Carbon, Illinois, died at 6:24 p.m. on Monday, May 5, 2014, at his residence.
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He was born on April 20, 1951, in Granite City, Illinois, the son of the late James R. and Alta Berniece (Bettorf) Thomas.
He retired from Granite City Steel as a crane operator after working there for more than 30 years.
James is survived by one daughter, Stacey L. Hughes of Glen Carbon; one granddaughter, Jordyn Henricks of Glen Carbon; and two sisters, Debra L Reed of Glen Carbon, and Judy Pace of Caseyville, Illinois.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Karen Barnett. James was a proud member of the National Rifle Association, was an avid racing fan, and loved the St. Louis Cardinals. He also loved being outdoors, whether it was fishing, playing softball or just being outside.
Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 8, 2014, at Weber & Rodney Funeral Home in Edwardsville.
The funeral service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, at the funeral home.
He will be cremated according to his wishes.
Memorials may be made to the
. Condolences may be expressed online at weberfunealhome.com.
Weber & Rodney Funeral Home
304 N Main St
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Published in Edwardsville Intelligencer from May 7 to May 8, 2014