James Powell

Obituary of James Powell

~~James William (Jim) Powell, 75, of White Hall and formerly of Hillview, died on his 75th birthday at 6:00 PM, Tuesday, May 9th, 2017, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. Jim was born on May 9th, 1942 at the White Hall Hospital, the son of Fred and Lorraine Bunting Powell, who preceded him in death.
 He was raised in rural Hillview and graduated from White Hall High School in 1960. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and graduated in 1964. He married his high school sweetheart, Janet Louise Collins, on August 29th, 1964, at the White Hall First Presbyterian Church. He was drafted into the Armed Services in 1965, choosing to be a Naval Aviator. He flew the A-4 Skyhawk, collecting over 100 arrested aircraft carrier landings. He was discharged with the rank of Lieutenant. He was hired as the manager of Hartwell Ranch, Inc. in 1974 and farmed the Illinois River bottoms south of Hillview until his retirement in 2012.
In addition to his wife of 52 years, he is survived by his daughter, Lynn Marie (husband Steve) Hart of Plainfield and their children, Collin James and Katharine Anne (Katie); his daughter, Sarah Beth (husband Doug) Schmidt of South Jacksonville and their children, Molly Elizabeth and Adelaide Mae (Addie); his son James Wesley (Jimmy) of Hillview and his children, Lucy Lynn, Noah Brennan and August James (Gus); and his son John William (wife Angie) of Springfield and their children, Vincent Frederick and Julia Marie. He is also survived by two sisters, Sue Ellen (husband Dwayne) Scott of Hillview, and Jo Ann (husband Nick) Carmean of White Hall, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Jim was an active member of the Greene County community. Through the years he served on the North Greene School Board, the White Hall Hospital Board, as the Commissioner of the Hartwell Drainage District and as a Republican Precinct Committeeman for Hillview. He was also Commander of the Bryant-Thomas American Legion Post 1210 in Hillview and a member of VFW Post 7684 in White Hall. 
Jim was a passionate Fighting Illini athletics fan and he attended many football and basketball games over the years. He loved attending his children’s sporting events at North Greene and, after retirement, he made it to as many of his grandchildren’s games as he could. Jim was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing, and observing wildlife in the beautiful rural areas near his hometown of  Hillview. He had many friends throughout the area and will be sorely missed.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 13 at the White Hall First Presbyterian Church.  Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church.  Burial will be at White Hall Cemetery with full military honors. 
Memorials may be made to the White Hall First Presbyterian Church or the North Greene Booster Club.  Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in White Hall is in charge of arrangements.