James M. Alred
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James M. Alred
  • June 22, 1938 - March 13, 2017
  • Springfield, Illinois

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James M. Alred of Springfield, IL, formerly of Murrayville and Roodhouse, IL, died Monday March 13, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL. Jim was born June 22, 1938 at home in Murrayville, son of Clifford C. Alred and Lillie Israel Alred. He was the youngest of 7 children, preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Margaret (Maggie), Evelyn, and Betty, and his brother Clifford. He is survived by two sisters, Doris Edwards of Belleville, and Helen (Bill) Kilchenman of Gnadenhutten, Ohio. Jim's children survive as well; son James M. Alred, Jr. (Teresa) of Tuscola, IL, Teresa Melton (Harry) of Florissant, MO, and Sharon West (Bruce) of Jacksonville, IL.
Jim had three special relationships in his life; his marriage to Beverly Lea Skinner (Wilson, deceased, 2016) in Jacksonville, IL in 1957, his girlfriend of many years, Judy Piper (deceased) and her three daughters Mickey, Kim, and Toni, and the love of his life, Rita Harmon, and her children Keele and Amy.
Jim attended Murrayville Grade School, Roodhouse and Jacksonville High Schools, and graduated from JHS in 1956. He was a US Navy veteran, serving from 1956-1959 on the USS Saratoga CV-60, with tours of the Mediterranean and Guantanamo. After his service, Jim worked for IBM in the Quad Cities from 1959-1963. In 1963, with three children under 5 years old, Jim and his wife Beverly decided to attend Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL. Jim attended from 1963-1968, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics with a minor in Mathematics. He began teaching Math at North Greene Junior High in 1969 at Roodhouse. He taught for twenty years, and coached boys' basketball, girls' basketball, track, and high school baseball during his time at North Greene. Upon retiring from teaching, Jim worked for Bisch and Son Funeral Home in Springfield, and did apartment maintenance work in Springfield. He was a lifelong gardener, fisherman, dancer, and avid bridge player, a long time regular at Bridge Club of Springfield.
The family will meet Jim's friends and relatives from 4-7 pm Thursday, March 16, at Bisch Funeral Home West, 2931 S. Koke Mill Rd., Springfield. Military honors will be held on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 10 am at Camp Butler National Cemetery by the Interveteran's Burial Detail of Sangamon County and the U.S. Navy. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to donate to Wounded Warriors or Youth Bridge Camp of Carlinville, IL.
Jim Alred will be remembered as an accomplished angler, a passionate educator, a competitive bridge player, an friend to many people throughout his life, and the best father that three children could ever have.