Tami Walton-Cogdill

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Tamara R. Walton-Cogdill, 45, of Freeburg, IL, born June 20, 1972, in St. Louis, MO, died Tuesday, December 26, 2017, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, O’Fallon, IL.

Tami was called home to spread her love in heaven and join her much-loved father, Kenneth T. Walton as he cleared heaven’s path for her.  Now together, we know they are reunited and planning their ways to make others’ lives better.

Tami was vice president and past president of S.W.IL Federation of Teachers BASSC Local Council 6600. As president of S.W.IL BASSC 6600 she started a project to feed the hungry students in the district.  The project has grown to assist fifty families with food and provided Christmas gifts to seven families.  She also worked for Walton’s fish and chicken fry. Everyone knew and loved her. Tami was one in a million who touched everyone around her with her heart of gold.

Loved ones that will miss Tami until they meet again are her husband Jim Cogdill; her mother Jeanette, nee Ramsey, Walton; two brothers Kenneth G. (Toni) Walton, Michael D. (Amy) Walton, and a sister Michelle B. (Joe) Morrison; and Aunt Jerris Wilson.

Spoiling one more than the other, Tami was blessed to be a proud and devoted aunt and great aunt. She supported, encouraged and bragged on all nine of her nieces and nephews, Joseph (Sheliah) Morrison; Megan Morrison; Shawn Morrison (special friend, Mackenzie); Sarah (Ryan) Russell; Becky Walton; Jennifer Walton; Christopher Walton; Luke Walton and Mason Walton. She loved to watch her eight great nieces and nephews grow and spoil each of them too. Rylee Morrison, Paisley Morrison, Faith Russell, Sarah Russell, Joshua Russell, William Russell, Bailee Morrison and Oliver Gravot will grow up learning and knowing about their amazing great aunt Tami who cared so deeply for everyone.

Knowing Tami, you knew someone who loved life and was always on the go making life better for others. By her caring, generous and hardworking personality, she always went out of her way to make this world a better place. In Tami’s eyes, no child should go hungry, no child without a gift and no person should not feel loved and special. She was amazing at giving of herself to make others feel better. Tami never met a stranger and you felt like a lifelong friend with her hug and a smile. Her personality was nurturing and firm when you needed her love but true honesty.

Tami put her heart and soul into caring for “her kids” with BASSC at Freeburg Grade School. It was always a treat as she greeted customers with a smile on her face while helping her family at Walton’s Fish Fry and Walton’s Ice Cream shop. Tami was a great role model as a Youth Group Leader at Union/Journey Church and helped lead many service projects and charitable donations.

What Tami lacked in size she made up for in the size of her heart and the generosity to the community and everyone around her.

Tami’s zest for life will be missed but remembered as an inspiration for everyone to live life for others. In honor of Tami, memorials can be made to Autism Speaks. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, December 28, 2017, at Union United Methodist Church, Belleville, IL, and also from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Friday, December 29, 2017 at the Journey Church, Freeburg, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, December 29, 2017, at the Journey Church, Freeburg, IL, with Rev. Carri Carnes officiating.

Burial will be held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.


18 Comments on Tami Walton-Cogdill

Marilyn and Bob Going said : Guest Report Dec 31, 2017 at 10:33 PM

Jeanette , Jim and and all family members, Couldn't believe what I was reading in the obituary. We will miss her!!! She was always a joy to be around at the flea market, definitely a spark in the night!! Whenever she spoke, everyone listened!!!!! Rest In Peace, our sympathy to all of you!!!!. Bob and Marilyn

  • Venedy
  • I'll.
Leon, Brenda, and Lindsey Averbeck said : Guest Report Dec 29, 2017 at 12:47 AM

Our deepest sympathy to Jim and all of Tami’s family. As a BASSC employee, my family and I were touched by Tami’s magnetic personality. She was known as an outstanding leader and inspired many. However, Tami was also a tremendous follower... her examples through life taught her to be a wonderful disciple of God and to follow in his ways. . She gave of herself and shared her talents just as God wants all of us to do. May the love and friendship she shared inspire many to follow the Lord’s ways and lead us all to the heavenly Farher.

  • Lively Grove
  • IL
Leslie Rivera said : Guest Report Dec 28, 2017 at 8:04 PM

Tami, I am still in complete shock over your passing. You were such an amazing, heart warming person who gave above and beyond. May you rest in peace. You will make an amazing Angel! My thoughts and prayers go out to Jim and your entire beloved family. May they have strength to get through this very difficult time. Fly high Tami.

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Ruby Buettner said : Guest Report Dec 28, 2017 at 7:57 PM

So very sorry about what you are experiencing now. sending prayers and love .

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Julia Lee said : Guest Report Dec 28, 2017 at 3:33 PM

Our sympathies at the loss of such a sweet person. We are thankful to have known her and to know she is in the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. God bless you and bring peace to your hearts. Tim and Julia Lee

  • Belleville
  • IL
Joseph E McGuire, IV said : Guest Report Dec 28, 2017 at 12:54 PM

We send our prayers to the family for such a great loss. From Joseph McGuire, Christal Marshall, and our children Joshua and Marcella McGuire.

  • Scott AFB
Patsy and Dave Schmermund said : Guest Report Dec 28, 2017 at 2:36 AM

My husband and I have had the pleasure of working with Tami through the BASSC family for many years. She was always so kind and willing to help anyone. She truly was an inspiration and a role model for how to live life. She will be missed but never forgotten.

  • Ferguson
  • MO
Shelia Ruffin said : Guest Report Dec 28, 2017 at 2:04 AM

Rip Tammy I'm so glad god allowed our path to cross. You were truly a jewel and will be missed. Sending my Condolences to the Walton family all the way from Texas.

  • Waco
  • tx
Aaron Knibb said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2017 at 11:52 PM

Sending my condolences to Tami's family. Glad I got to talk to her twice over the weekend, if it was just for a short few minutes each.

  • O'Fallon
  • Illinois
Dusty Cole said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2017 at 10:19 PM

Tami was a great person and friend who will be missed by all. My condolences to all of the Walton family.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Lisa and Christopher Rolen said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2017 at 9:12 PM

Jim and Walton Family: words cannot express my sympathy for the loss of Tami. I still am in denial that I won’t see her again. Her spirit and generosity for all will be missed but God put her in our path for a reason. I hope everyone can continue her work of helping those less fortunate and give smiles freely to all!

  • Red Bud
  • Illinois
Christine Baldus said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2017 at 6:30 PM

We lost an angel...

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Candice Przybysz said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2017 at 6:03 PM

Prayers for peace in your hearts as you grieve this unfathomable loss. My sympathy....God bless you all.

  • Smithton
  • IL
Justice Judy Cates said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2017 at 5:59 PM

Tami was a star who brought light into the lives of everyone she met. She had an unending love for her family and her friends. She was the most positive person I have ever met. No task was too large for her. She was never limited by her size, and she brought her positive attitude and perspective to every person and project she encountered. (She was my best campaigner!) Tami was loved by those who met her because each person that Tami met knew that she was special. Her energy, her laugh, her smile, and all of the wonderful qualities that made her “Tami,” will be sadly missed, but she will live in the hearts of those who knew her. For me, I want to personally say that Tami and her family have been a part of my life for many, many years - through good days and bad - and the loss of Tami and Ken in such a short period of time has caused me great sadness. Thank you Walton family for sharing your love with me and my family. Your loss is our loss. God bless the Walton family at this time of sorrow. Tami will live in our hearts through the love and spirit we share with others. Justice Judy Cates

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Jessica Henry said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2017 at 5:33 PM

I'm in so much disbelief and shock. Tami was a great person, friend and co-worker. I have never seen tami out doing anything but helping others. She was so many peoples answered prayers. She was way to young to be called to heaven, she will be greatly missed by me and everyone else that knew and loved her. :'( Thoughts and prayers go out to her husband Jim and the rest of her family during this very hard time. :'(Love Ya Tami!!!

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Kara smith said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2017 at 5:17 PM

Many thoughts and prayers for the family !!! ALOT IF GREAT MEMORIES OF Tami and my sister Amber great child hood friends !!Gone too soon but never to be forgotten ?

  • Belleville
  • IL
Flo Gwinn said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2017 at 4:42 PM

Big Hugs to all of you. What an angel we lost. I was so glad to have her to talk to during the time the State of Illinois owed me soooo much money. She was such a good listener. Loved Her. I too bet her and Kenny are partying it up in heaven. God Bless.

  • Smithton
  • IL
Alfred Higgins said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2017 at 2:30 PM

Little Tami , Big Heart , Great Person and now an awesome Angel . I will miss You ..

  • New Athens
  • Illinois

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