Jesse James

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Jesse J. James, 96, of Belleville, IL, born September 10, 1921, in Wheeling, WV, died at his home on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

Mr. James was a civil service employee at Scott Air Force Base, working as a supervisor in the tire shop.  He was an avid baseball fan, loved playing cards, and enjoyed spending time with his family.  He was loved by all who knew him.

Jesse had a large family including his wife, Thelma, nee McGinnis, James, who died in 1987;
his parents, William Benton and Nellie, nee Sell, James;
his children, Billy Joe Bittle, Jack (JoAnn) Bittle, Dorothy Williams, and Ann (Bill) Dodson;
siblings, Ada James, Viola James, Oscar James, Edward James, Theodore James, Leona James, James James, Reva James, Cecil James, and Robert James;
11 grandchildren, Jeff Williams, Sheila Satterthwaite, Jack Bittle, Shawn Bittle, McKenzie Campbell, Lucian Bittle, Anya Bittle, Rhonda Hertal, Dale Dodson, Lynda Garcia, and Steve Dodson;
9 great-grandchildren;
49 great-great-grandchildren;
and 1 great-great-great-grandchild.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at a later date.  According to Jesse’s wishes, he donated his remains to science.


3 Comments on Jesse James

Terry L. James said : Guest Report Aug 03, 2018 at 7:38 PM

He was Uncle “Bud” to our family. He was 4 years older than my father, William E. James (died 2001) who was the son of Bud’s older sister, Viola (deceased). I remember Thelma and Bud rented a small apartment attached to our house in Belleville at 1700 Bell Avenue. When we moved to Milwaukee in 1960, we kept in touch, and visited when we went back home. I always admired him for his hard work, and his sense of humor. He was a good man, and the remaining members of the William James family: Margie (wife of William), Randy, Rickey & Terry (sons of William) send their sympathies to those mourning his loss.

  • Orlando
  • FL
Gene Wiggins said : Guest Report Apr 19, 2018 at 4:26 PM

Sorry For Your Loss. Please accept this electronic message in lieu of a Sympathy Card. Local National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) volunteers provide help in reporting the death of any federal civilian retiree or a retiree’s spouse to proper authorities. They will explain the process as needed and if requested, can report the death to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM 888-767-6738) for you. They can also assist in filling out claim forms for survivor benefits and life insurance You may call either of our Service Officers, Jim Haley at 618 795-5174 or Ben Brown at 618 624-8007. If unable to reach either one, you may call our alternate, Dean Hemmer at 618 233-3819.

  • Mascoutah
  • IL
Don & Kathy Scherpe said : Guest Report Apr 19, 2018 at 1:28 PM

We will miss you "gramps". Just think of all the desserts you can have in your new home. You are well now, so you better watch those calories. Love & Prayers to all.

  • Belleville
  • IL

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