James Jolley

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James Dean Jolley, 86, of Swansea, IL, born April 22, 1937, in Beckemeyer, IL, passed away Monday, November 13, 2023, at his residence, surrounded by his loved ones.

Jim was a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church, Belleville, IL. Jim graduated from Belleville Township High School in 1955 and from Millikin University with a B.S. Degree in Business Administration in 1959. He later graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Banking. He served six years in the Mo. National Guard.

Jim’s 40-year finance career started at Illinois State Trust Company, then First National Bank of Belleville, and Magna Bank Group with positions as auditor, officer, and senior executive vice president. He did income tax preparation for many years.

Jim loved all sports, and played eight years of football, basketball, and track and field. He was the captain of the track team, president of the “M” Club, and was inducted into Millikin’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Jim enjoyed many years golfing with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his very loving and caring wife, Geri, nee Gerling, Jolley, who died on February 2, 2021, after 57 years of blissful marriage; his parents, Thomas and Cornelius “Connie” nee Merians, Jolley; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Charles “Ray” and Gertrude Gerling; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Norma and Ed Townsend; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Charles “Bud” and Oneta Gerling; a nephew and niece, Tom Leroy Jolley and Jennifer Gerling; and his grandparents, Herman and Dina Merians and Mr. and Mrs. Frances Jolley.

Surviving are three daughters, Jill Cason, Julie (Jay) Dinkelmann, and Jamie McCarthy; four sweet grandchildren, Craig (Litney) Hick, Alex (Taylor) Hick, and Molly and Avery McCarthy; four adorable great-grandchildren, Louis, Shelby, Wesley and Hallie; two step-grandchildren, Laura Gregory and Vince (Kayla) Dinkelmann; a brother, Tom (Gladys) Jolley; a sister, Jane Jolley; a sister-in-law, Ruth (Roger) Carneghi; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Memorials may be made to HSHS Hospice or to St. Mark Lutheran Church. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, November 20, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, November 20, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Brian Robison officiating.

Burial will be at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.


14 Comments on James Jolley

Cece Voigt Strand said : Guest Report Dec 04, 2023 at 7:34 PM

Jamie - Sending condolences to your family. I always loved your Dad's hearty laugh & enthusiasm. It was a delightful surprise when he came to my Mom's visitation 2 years ago. What a fine man. Love to you, Cece

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Nora Caldwell said : Guest Report Nov 20, 2023 at 10:54 AM

My sympathy to Jim's family. I'm sad to hear of his passing. His 'jolly'personality was so fitting to his name. I knew Jim and Geri from Peace Lutheran. I also enjoyed playing golf with them at a Sunday golf group. They were special people and now they are together again. God Bless.

  • Swansea
  • Il
Shelley Funck said : Guest Report Nov 19, 2023 at 3:50 PM

My sincerest condolences to you, Julie, Jamie and Jill in the loss of your dad. Wishing you peace, comfort, courage, and lots of love at this time of sorrow. My heart goes out to you at this difficult time. I have many wonderful memories of Uncle Jim throughout the years. God bless!

  • Myrtle Beach
  • sc
Jim & Carol Cange said : Guest Report Nov 19, 2023 at 10:30 AM

So sad to learn of Jim's passing. We had many great times at the bank, on the golf course and on the court. He was a great friend, Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. RIP Jim.

  • Nashville
  • Il.
Jeanie Lively said : Guest Report Nov 17, 2023 at 4:00 PM

I worked with Jim many years at First National in Belleville and Magna. He was a great guy to work with and he always had a smile and something kind to say. God bless your family.1

  • Waterloo
  • Il
Lew & Nancy Laughlin said : Guest Report Nov 17, 2023 at 1:25 PM

Julie, Jamie & Jill, It is so sad to read of Jim’s passing. We were friends of Jim and Gerri’s back in our high school years at BTHS, and remained friends throughout the past. Lew and Jim spent years in the Trust division of the banking industry. Jim was one of the most personable people you could ever know and was so well liked in the community. He and Gerr were quite the couple! We send our sympathy, prayers & love to all of you.

  • Las Vegas
  • NV
Joy Kamper Cross said : Guest Report Nov 16, 2023 at 11:31 AM

My memories of Jim and Geri always bring a big smile to me, even though it has been 40 years since being in touch with them. I knew them in association with the First National Bank during the '70s, and what a neat couple they were. Jim invariably lightened the mood in just about every situation of a gathering. I could relate to the nurse that found it a pleasure taking care of Jim, while enjoying that great personality of his. Joy Kamper Cross

  • Litte River,
  • South Carolina
Rita Keeling said : Guest Report Nov 15, 2023 at 11:01 AM

Jim and I offer our deepest condolences to Jill and the entire family. May the good Lord provide comfort to you as you go through this very difficult time. God bless all of you. We will be keeping you all in prayer.

  • Hecker
  • IL
June Benedick said : Guest Report Nov 14, 2023 at 7:04 PM

Sending my sympathy on the passing of your dad. Jim was one of the first people I met when I started attending St Mark. He always had a smile and a good word.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Diane Boschert said : Guest Report Nov 14, 2023 at 5:37 PM

Sympathy to his daughters and families. He was a special man and always helpful, friendly and caring. He will be missed.🙏🏻🥰

  • New Athens
  • IL
Michelle said : Guest Report Nov 14, 2023 at 5:09 PM

I am very honored to have cared for Mr. Jolley and meet his amazing three daughters. I had the pleasure of Jim allowing me a peek into his sport passion, his humor and his personality. I know he was ready but he will be greatly kissed here. 💐

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Jeanette miles said : Guest Report Nov 14, 2023 at 2:51 PM

To Jane and entire family, please accept my sincere sympathy for loss of your family member. Jim was always so friendly and always had a big smile . I'm sure he has found his way to his loving wife. Peace and blessing to all. Jeanette miles

  • Swansea
  • IL
patti sellers said : Guest Report Nov 14, 2023 at 1:56 PM

Sincere condolences from the Richard Sellers family.

  • Breese
  • Illinois
Phyllis & Jim Simpson said : Guest Report Nov 14, 2023 at 12:25 PM

Julie, Jamie & Jill - we are so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. I have MANY fond and fun memories of Jim. Started working with him in 1978 at Illinois State Trust and worked as his assistant at FNB and Magna for many years! He will be greatly missed. Keeping you and your families in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Belleville
  • IL

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