James Hamilton Jr.

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James Oliver Hamilton Jr., 75, of Swansea, IL, born on January 13, 1945, in Denver, CO, passed away, Saturday, May 2, 2020, at his residence.

Mr. Hamilton was a 1963 graduate of Belleville Township High School where he played football. During and after high school, he was a member of the Belleville Black Knights Drum and Bugle Corps and also marched with the Brass Unlimited Drum and Bugle Corps. As his children grew up and enjoyed their membership in the Black Knights, Jim was the mechanic and driver of the busses carrying members to competitions and helped wherever he could.  He Judged many marching band shows throughout the Midwest.

Jim received his apprenticeship as an automotive mechanic in 1967 and continued in that line of work until his retirement from Medco in 2012. He loved drag racing in his early years, he was a charter member of the St. Clair Sandbaggers CB Club, and a charter member of the DeMolay International. Jim was a veteran of the Missouri Air National Guard.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Oliver Sr. and Anna Margaret, nee Hargrave, Hamilton; and a grandson, Dacoda Ashtin Hamilton.

Surviving are his loving wife, Barbara Kay, nee Eschman, Hamilton;
a son, Charles Edward Hamilton of O’Fallon, IL;
a daughter, Kelly Ann (Timothy Lance) Tuttle of Smithton, IL;
a granddaughter, Elisabeth Jean Tuttle of Smithton, IL;
two grandsons, Jeremy Lance Tuttle of Smithton, IL, and Army PV2 Tristan Michael Tuttle of Fort Sill, OK;
three great-grandsons, Oliver Neal Juel Smith and Gabriel Christopher Smith, both of Greenville, IL, and Landen Bentley Smith of Smithton, IL.

Jim was loved by his many friends and family and will be missed by all.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to the American Heart Association. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Funeral:  Friends may visit with the family from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, November 8, 2020 at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.  Standard CDC guidelines, including masks and a limited number of visitors at one time will be followed.


27 Comments on James Hamilton Jr.

Tom & Bonnie Sacanherr said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2020 at 5:51 PM

Barb, you have my deepest sympathy. Will always remember all the memories Jim and I made drag racing. Will remember the times your family and me and my parents had.

  • Smithton
  • Illinois
Jo Bell said : Guest Report Nov 03, 2020 at 10:14 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. My deepest sympathies to you and the kids. (you sure have a lot of grandkids and great grandkids) You gave Jim such a wonderful life, full of love and comfort. He will be missed by many.

  • Smithton
  • IL
George Growcott said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2020 at 7:05 PM

Jim was a wonderful man and was so glad to have met him during my time in S. Ill while in Air Force and after. Respected all the time working with him with Brass Unlimited.

  • Royersford
  • PA
Sherry Hoyt-Cline said : Guest Report May 16, 2020 at 5:54 PM

Dear Barb, Kelly and Charlie, Prayers for peace and comfort in this time. I just read about Jim's death as I was posting old photos. Another friend gone, but not to be forgotten.

  • North Las Vegas
  • Nevada
Jim and Rosie Robinson said : Guest Report May 11, 2020 at 3:23 AM

Kelly, Charles and family, We were so sorry to hear of Jim's death. We are praying for you all.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Robin Dermody said : Guest Report May 10, 2020 at 7:40 PM

Barb, Charlie and Kelly, So sorry to hear about the loss of Jim. Thanks for being such good neighbors to my parents and Rob for all these years. Our prayers are with you.

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Bill and Lou Ann James said : Guest Report May 10, 2020 at 1:09 PM

Barb and family, We are so sorry to hear about Jim's passing. Not only do I remember Jim from our high school class of 1963, but we also have fond memories of bowling and watching the Black Knights in their many championship performances.

  • Red Bud
  • IL
ROBERT DECAMP said : Guest Report May 06, 2020 at 3:46 PM

The news of Jims death sparked so many memories and how nice it was to know him throughout my life. He and my brother Woody were the biggest reasons we followed the Knights and spun off so many other friendships in and around the Corps. Farewell Jim-You will be missed!

  • IL
Dave & Janice Bassler said : Guest Report May 05, 2020 at 10:25 PM

Barb, you and Jim were great neighbors . You all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Swansea
  • Il.
Teresa Schaedler Smith said : Guest Report May 05, 2020 at 5:24 PM

Barb, I am so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Have not seen either of you in forever but memories are still there from many years ago and our friendship.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Belle Waldfogel said : Guest Report May 05, 2020 at 4:37 PM

I went to school with Jim from kindergarten thru BTHS. He was always a good person. I remember when he tore the skin on his hand at recess. I have no idea why that came to me. My condolences on your loss.

  • Chicago
  • Il
Gary and Judy Shaffer said : Guest Report May 05, 2020 at 1:55 PM

Barb and family: I was sorry to hear about Jim. Please accept our condolences. You remain in my thoughts and prayers.?

  • Valparaiso
  • IN
John Loesche said : Guest Report May 05, 2020 at 12:53 PM

Barb,Kelly and Charlie, I am so sorry for your loss. Stay safe. If there is anything we can do to let us know. Love and prayers. Donna and John

  • Belleville
  • IL
Jatona and Vonquez Skinner said : Guest Report May 04, 2020 at 8:46 PM

Sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family in your time of bereavement. If you need anything remember we're right across the street. Sincerely, Your Neighbors

  • Swansea
  • IL
Marilyn King Newell Wikgren said : Guest Report May 04, 2020 at 3:37 PM

Barbara my deepest sympathy to you and family. Enjoyed the Drum Corps days thru the 60s . Knew Ann from church with the Verges-Coelho's. May God give you peace. Marilyn

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Joan Mentzer said : Guest Report May 04, 2020 at 3:32 PM

Barb- I am so sorry for your loss. May all your wonderful memories help you through this difficult time. Praying for you and your family.

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Brian Hall said : Guest Report May 04, 2020 at 9:54 AM

Kelly, I'm so sorry to learn of the passing of your Dad. My thoughts and sympathies are with you and your family.

  • St. Louis
  • Missouri
Steve Huey said : Guest Report May 04, 2020 at 9:34 AM

My dear Barb, Kelly, and Charlie, I am still struggling with Jim's passing and can only imagine how you are also. May God help you through this as only he knows. ANYTHING I can do to help please ask. It will merely be a debt I need to pay. Love you all, Steve

  • Florissant
  • MO
Richard Jackson said : Guest Report May 03, 2020 at 8:35 PM

Dear Barb, I was so sorry to hear Jim passed away. Jenny had called to tell me. Jim and I met in Kindergarten, I hung out with him at his house all through my childhood and beyond, It was Jim that encouraged me to join the Black Knights. Not to mention the drag racing adventures with Jim and Steve Huey. He was a big part of my life when I was younger and I will cherish those memories always. I will always remember and appreciate his friendship and loyalty. There are so many memories from those days, you of course were a big part as well. I spoke with Susan yesterday and we were recalling those days also. I will look for any information regarding the memorial service. I know I can't come due to today's travel restrictions, but I would like to know when it is and if there is anything I can contribute. My best to you and the family.

  • Flagstaff
  • Arizona
Sandra & John Peebles said : Guest Report May 03, 2020 at 6:30 PM

To Barb and family we will certainly miss Jim. He was such a happy person all the time. I Enjoyed his voicemail it’s a wonderful day at the Hamilton’s It always made me feel that happiness is everywhere.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Robin E Gillette said : Guest Report May 03, 2020 at 4:35 PM

Kelly and Charlie the entire Poole family sends their love and support to you and your families. My Uncle Denny and Aunt Jeannie loved your Dad very much. I have a few memories of him as a little kid hanging out with the Knights with my Mom and Grandma

  • Springfield
  • MO
beryl said : Guest Report May 03, 2020 at 4:07 PM

So sorry for yours and the kids loss. Jim was well liked because he had a great personality. Eddie will be sorry to hear about Jim's passing.

  • East Alton
  • IL.
Debra said : Guest Report May 03, 2020 at 3:33 PM

Im so sorry for your loss praying for you and the rest of our Family. Love yall.

  • Jonesboro
  • Ga.
Sally Wondolowski said : Guest Report May 03, 2020 at 3:33 PM

Barb, Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your dear husband. I am sending you prayers and hugs. Take care of yourself. ?

  • Shiloh
  • IL
Shankle, Walt &Margret said : Guest Report May 03, 2020 at 3:15 PM

So very sorry Barb, I know he will be missed.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Mary Goepfert Janik said : Guest Report May 03, 2020 at 2:31 PM

Dear Barb, Kelly and Charlie, please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of Jim. He will be missed by so many, including those of us who shared his love of drum corps. May you some day find peace in the warm, happy memories you shared. Sending my prayers.

  • Springs
  • Illinois
Virginia Quirin said : Guest Report May 02, 2020 at 6:07 PM

Barb, So sorry for your loss! Call me if you need anything.cell531-5323. Charlie called Jason and he called me. Please if you need anything I am here for you. Be strong and I will say extra prayers for you and your family. Love

  • Belleville
  • Il

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