James “Jim” Bay

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James “Jim” Lee Bay, 81, of Smithton, IL, born February 28, 1942, received his forever wings on Wednesday, December 27, 2023, surrounded by his family.  Jim was the youngest of seven children born to William and Ethel, nee Jackson, Bay.

He was a 1960 graduate of Freeburg Community High School and served two years in the United States Army. Upon completion of his service, Jim married his high school sweetheart, Joann Stahl. They were married 57 years before his passing.

Jim was a warehouse forklift operator for more than 40 years. He worked at Weyerhaeuser Co., Belleville, IL, and retired from Smurfit-Stone, Kirkwood, MO.  He was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ and a dedicated member of the Smithton American Legion Post 937. He enjoyed coaching baseball and attending many functions for his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, August Bay and William Bay; four sisters, Milly Heller, Ada Krieg, Vada Browning and Vera Adams; and his father-in-law and mother in-law, Wilbert and Melba Stahl.

Jim is survived by his wife Joann; two children, Janine (Chris) Parciak and Jeffrey (Diana) Bay; three grandchildren, John (Kris) Parciak, Kristen Parciak, and Natalee (Jackson) Bryant; one great-grandchild, Nora James Parciak; a brother and sister in-law, Rick and Donna Stahl; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. John’s United Church of Christ in Smithton or to Family Hospice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 9 a.m. to 12 noon Wednesday, January 3, 2024, at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Smithton, IL. An American Legion ritual will be held at 11:45 a.m.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 12 noon Wednesday, January 3, 2024, at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Smithton, IL, with Pastor Brian Damrow officiating.

Burial with military honors will follow at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, IL.


9 Comments on James “Jim” Bay

Gary Schaefer said : Guest Report Jan 02, 2024 at 6:46 AM

So sorry for your loss. Jim was a great friend for almost 50 years.We had a lot of good times with him and Joann He will be missed

  • Statham
  • GA
Scott Fritz said : Guest Report Jan 01, 2024 at 6:25 PM

So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Known him since he and Dave Parker coached Jeff, Cory, and Todd ‘s summer ball in town. Then he and Bob coached Me in Legion Ball. Will never forget him in the 3rd base coaching box in his slippers.

  • Smithton
  • Il
Charles Vogel said : Guest Report Jan 01, 2024 at 1:26 PM

Joann (classmate) & family: My sincere sympathy for your loss. Look for a blessing in the year ahead and try to keep your eye on the eastern sky! Tears may flow in the dark hours, but joy will come in the morning.

  • Callaway
  • VA
Karla Lippert said : Guest Report Jan 01, 2024 at 10:33 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with you.Jim was a great man and so proud of his family.May your memories bring you comfort and peace.My God be with you always

  • Smithton
  • Illinois
Lela Wiley said : Guest Report Dec 30, 2023 at 6:52 AM

My thoughts and Prayers are with you as you remember the great legacy he left behind in all of you. I'm so sorry for your loss

  • Granite
  • IL
Bob Busch said : Guest Report Dec 29, 2023 at 10:14 AM

Joann and Family, I am so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He was one of the nicest (and funniest) of my dad's friends. Growing up Jim always took time to discuss baseball with me. He played on a softball team with my dad...man I loved watching them play. Please accept my condolences.

  • Lexington
  • Kentucky
Kim Pryor said : Guest Report Dec 28, 2023 at 5:39 PM

So sorry for your loss Janine. Much love and hugs to you and your family.

  • Highland
  • IL
Norma Pellman said : Guest Report Dec 28, 2023 at 3:05 PM

I wish to express my condolences. You are all in my Prayers. I know that God will see you through this difficult time.May God Bless you all.🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Derrick, Katelyn, Paityn & Jaxson Stumpf said : Guest Report Dec 28, 2023 at 2:17 PM

Joann & Family, I am so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. We definitely will miss sitting in front of Jim at church. He always kept our kids entertained during service. Sending prayers & hugs during this difficult time.

  • Freeburg
  • IL

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