James Fly, 91, of Carbondale, died at 10:05 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at Shawnee Christian Nursing Center in Herrin.
He was born on March 17, 1921, the son of James and Anna Starling Fly in Marion.
He married Martha Sullivan on Feb. 9, 1941. Together they shared 71 years.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a T4 and a 530 engineer.
He worked for Eddings Brothers Sheet Metal for 18 years and then for the Carbondale Clinic for 23 years as head of maintenance. He was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church for 50 years. He was also a member of the Shekinah Lodge AF & AM in Carbondale for 50 years and also a Shriner. He liked to garden.
He is survived by his wife, Martha of Carbondale; two daughters, Lora (Harold) Baltzell of Alvaton, Ky.; and Sarah (George) McKinney of Carterville; two granddaughters, Cara (Danny) Waite of Moss Point, Miss., and Kathy (Brett) Young of Carterville; two grandsons, James (Betsy) McKinney of Carterville and Mark Baltzell of Alvaton, Ky.; three great-grandsons, Daniel (Elyse) Waite of Tevara, Fla., Hunter Waite of Moss Point, Miss., and Will McKinney of Carterville; two great-granddaughters, Lacy Crimm of Moss Point, Miss., and Amanda Hughes of Carterville; a great-great-granddaughter, Karlie Crimm of Moss Point, Miss.; a special niece, Jan Shugrue of Belvedere; other relatives and many friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents; two sons, James and David Fly; two sisters and one brother.
Masonic rites were conducted at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 4 at Crain Pleasant Grove Murdale Funeral Home
Funeral services were Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 11 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bob Sabo officiating. Interment was in Pleasant Grove Memorial Park with military honors.
Memorials can be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.
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Crain Pleasant Grove Murdale Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.