James Douglas Kerr
By Sparta Live | October 29, 2012 12:00 am
James Douglas Kerr, 60, of Ohlman, Ill., passed away Oct. 24, 2012, at Barnes Hospital, in St. Louis, Mo.
Mr. Kerr was born Sept. 13, 1952, in Atlanta, Ga., to J.L and Evelyn Clark Kerr.
He had lived in Ohio, Florida and Tennessee before moving to the Pana, Ill., area in 1990.
Mr. Kerr retired from the U.S. Army Reserves after serving in the Iraq war, in 2004, where he received a Purple Heart.
He was a correctional officer at Decatur Correctional Center.
Mr. Kerr loved bowling, riding his motorcycles, putting together difficult jigsaw puzzles and was always lending a helping hadn.
He also gave the gift of life by being an organ donor.
Mr. Kerr was a member of Greenwood Baptist Church, in Doyle, Tenn., AFSCME Local #632, Military Order of the Purple Heart; and was an Ohlman Board Trustee.
He was preceded in death by his father, in 1998, and brothers, Joe Lee Kerr, in 2006, and Ronald Kerr, in infancy.
Mr. Kerr is survived by his wife, Karen Moore Wilson Kerr, whom he married March 18, 1995, in Pana, Ill; stepsonjs, Tyler Wilson, of Pana, Ill., Evan Wilson and special friend Brittnee Radcliff, of Edwardsville, Ill.; mother, Evelyn Kerry, of Doyle, Tenn.; brothers, David Kerr and wife Carolyn, of Tower Hill, Ill., Larry Kerr and wife Cricket, of Doyle, Tenn.; David Kerr and wife Nikki, of Sparta, Tenn.; mother-in-law, Dora Moore, of Pana, Ill.; sister-in-law, Elsie Stewardson, of Pana, Ill.; brother-in-law, Jim Moore and wife Donna, of Hillsboro, Kan.; aunts, Jean Sullivan, of Doyle, Tenn., Bonnie Clark and Betty Kerr, both of Sparta; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Oct. 29, 2012, at McCracekn-Dean Funeral Home, in Pana, Ill., with burial in Linwood Cemetery, in Pana, Ill., with graveside military rites by 724th Transportation Company and Pana Veterans Honor Guard. Pastor Ryan Follis will officiate.
Memorials may be made to Mid America Transplant Service, American Cancer Society or Wounded Warrior Fund.
McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, in Pana, Ill., is in charge of arrangements.