James "Jim"'s Story
James "Jim" Ray White, age 66, passed away at his home surrounded by his family on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born Feb. 10, 1951, in Danville, to James Henry and Helen Delores (Mills) White.
Jim was introduced to the love of his life, Kathy Sue Charles, by his grandmother Kearn at Model Star Laundry. They were united in Holy Matrimony on Oct. 6, 1972.
Jim loved his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He had a special and unique bond with his grandson, Kody. Rarely was there a time you didn't see them together. Kody was his best bud. Jim loved to go on walks through the woods, fishing, camping with his family and target shooting. Jim also enjoyed shopping at Big Lots. He was a diehard Cardinal Fan but came from a family of Cub Fans. Jim retired from Danville's Provena United Samaritans Medical Center after 31 years of service.
Jim leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Kathy; his mother, Helen; daughters, Kathy Sue (Dennis) Hillard of Williamsport, Ind., Vickie (AJ) Chappel of Danville, Jennifer (John) Stevens of Sidell; a son, James "Jimmy" (Missy) White of Danville; grandchildren, Katelyn (Justin) Walters, Dennis Hillard, Jason and Amber Hardin, Aharon and Deon Chappel, Khole and Ariel White, Kody White and Savanna Stevens; great-grandchildren, Kali, Emma, and Karley Waters; sisters, Patty White and Marsha White; one niece, Ashley; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Jim was preceded in death by his father, James Henry, his maternal and paternal grandparents, many aunts and uncles.
A graveside service will commence at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at Stearns Cemetery Fithian. Leek & Sons Funeral Home, 304 East Williams Street, Danville, in charge of arrangements. Condolences and memorials may be sent by accessing www.leekandsonsfuneralhome.com.
Published on February 20, 2017