James B. Wentworth Jr. (1943 - 2014)


James B. Wentworth Jr., 70, of Ava, formerly of Vandalia, passed away at 2:38 p.m. on Saturday, May 24, 2014, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Upon James' request, his body was donated to science. Services will be held at 11 a.m. this Saturday at Pate Chapel Baptist Church in Murphysboro, with the Rev. John Pitchford officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., with lunch, at the church. Wilson Funeral Homes in Ava was in charge of arrangements. Memorials: Love Fund for the Family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wilsonfuneralhome.net.
Mr. Wentworth was born on Sept. 25, 1943, in West Frankfort, the son of James B. Sr. and Dorothy Mary Duve Wentworth. He married Sandra E. Williams on Oct. 15, 1976, in Vienna.
He was a Specialist 6 Class with the Illinois National Guard from 1965-71. He attended Vandalia High School, college in Rolla, Mo., and the FBI Academy University of Virginia, and he taught at John A. Logan. He retired after 32 years as a forensic scientist in the Illinois State Crime Lab in Carbondale. He was the operator of HAM Radio, KA9SHY, and the owner and operator of Dixie BBQ in DeSoto. He enjoyed the outdoors, canoeing and sailboats. He also enjoyed cooking and woodworking, and was a pool expert. He was a photographer and fingerprint technician.
He is survived by his wife, and he was a great father to four boys, Mike Williams, Mark Williams, Robert Williams and Russell Williams. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; a brother, Jeffrey Wentworth of Vienna; a sister, Susan Wentworth Winters of Altamont; several nieces and nephews; special cousins, Donald and Luanna Rhodes; and his childhood friend, Dr. Robert Shively.
He was preceded in death by his mother, father and grandparents.
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Published in The Leader-Union from June 6 to June 11, 2014