James “Jimmy” B. Cairns, 83 of Mt. Zion died in his home on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 with his wife by his side.
Visitation will be Sunday, January 19, 2020 from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm at First Christian Church (3650 North MacArthur Road, Decatur, IL). A memorial service to celebrate his life will begin at 4:30 pm. Tanzyus-Logan Funeral Service and Care is in charge of the arrangements.
Jim was born in November of 1936 in Sparta, Illinois to Fred B. and Elsie Cairns. He was born an angel being the youngest brother of Donald (deceased) and Richard (deceased). He attended Sparta High School and furthered his education as SIU Carbondale and Southeast Missouri. He began working at Commerce Credit in 1957 and was transferred to Decatur, Illinois in 1958. He then began working for Prudential Insurance in 1960 where he retired after 32 years of service as a multi-million-dollar seller.
Jim married Jo Hunt in St. Louis in March of 1959. In this union his children, Vicki and Bruce were born. He later married the love of his life, Shirley Thomas in January of 2006. They had a beautiful friendship over 51 years and a wonderful, loving marriage.
Jim was inducted into the ASA Hall of Fame in the year 2000. In his early years he enjoyed fishing and hunting, playing shuffleboard in the Lone Oak League. He was a huge sports fan, but a more avid fan of the Fighting Illini and the St. Louis Cardinals. Jim was also an avid golfer and a member of “The Big Dummies” golf group. During his later years, he also served as a Ranger at Red Tail Run Golf Course.
Surviving are his wife, Shirley Cairns, daughter, Vicki (Ron) Cooper, sons, Bruce (Sharon) Cairns, Jevon (Danielle) Thomas; grandchildren, Jessica (Travis) Roberds, Megan Cooper, Cody (Jessica) Cooper, Caymus and Campbell Cairns, Melinda (Josh) Philipson, Austin Thomas, Bryce (Bree) Thomas, and Carly Thomas; great-grandchildren, Kylie, Paige, and Zoey Roberds, Connor, Olivia, and Noble Cooper, and Liam Philipson.
Jim was a one of a kind guy and was loved by everyone that met him. He greeted everyone with his great smile and a “good morning.” He will be forever loved and deeply missed by all his family and many many wonderful friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
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