Doris James

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Doris Hayes James (Ackerman), age 101 ½ , of Belleville, Born September 16, 1917 in Belleville, IL died March 1, 2019 in Belleville, IL. Loving wife-mother-grandmother and great grandmother. Doris grew up in Belleville and married Roy Hayes on April 10, 1937. While raising their daughter Sandra, Roy and Doris operated DO-ROY Beauty Salon for 55+ years.

After her loving husband of 52 years passed away in 1989, Doris began to attend dances at the Belleville senior center. It was here that she first met Earl James. Their friendship and love developed, and they were married on July 7, 1995.

The two of them loved life together for over 20 years. Attending dances and celebrations throughout Southern Illinois, taking short trips, and finding special places to eat.

Doris loved to listen to Earl play in the band and looked forward to being with friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Amolia Ackerman; brothers and sisters; husband, Roy Hayes, husband, Earl James; and a son-in-law, Paul Kuhl.

Surviving are her daughter, Sandra Kuhl; grandchildren, Randy Kuhl (Charlotte), Deborah A Kuhl, and Wendi L Young (Michael); great grandchildren, Alex Kuhl, Eric Kuhl, Kelci Holt (Alex), Tyler Young (Rachel), Emma Young, and Sydni Bozada.

Memorial donations are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm, Monday, March 4, 2019, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL,

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at the funeral home with Reverend Michael Young officiating. Burial will follow at Green Mount Protestant Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


4 Comments on Doris James

George T Koprivica said : Guest Report Mar 04, 2019 at 9:48 PM

Doris always had a smile and a kind word. She always came to RSVP Orchestra dances to watch Earl and the rest of the group. At Christmas, she always gave band members treats. She lived a good, long life and inspired others with her happiness.

  • Godfrey
  • IL
Donald L Schmierbach said : Guest Report Mar 04, 2019 at 6:25 PM

To Sandra Hayes...Doris and Roy were a wonderful part of my childhood. I maintain beautiful memories of them both. And I cannot express in words how much my mother Emma loved your parents. The 1950's and 1960's were a great time to be a kid because of them.

  • Los Lunas
  • New Mexico
Charity said : Guest Report Mar 04, 2019 at 5:56 PM

My deepest sympathy to you all. Doris was a very special woman and I will forever hold the memories of her close to my heart. Charity-OFC

  • ofallon
  • Illinois
Judy said : Guest Report Mar 02, 2019 at 11:34 PM

My prayers go out to your whole family.

  • Foothill Ranch
  • CA.

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