In Memory

James M. Minor

James M. Minor

James M. "Waterhead" Minor, 58, of Jerseyville, died at 5:32 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis.

Born July 30, 1951, in Alton, he was the son of Ezra and Lelia (Bryant) Minor.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. James was an avid hunter and fisherman and was a member of Ducks Unlimited.
On June 27, 1998, in Alton, he married the former Cynthia Waggoner. She survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Jamie Brown and her husband, David, of Mount Olive and Chelsea Minor of Jerseyville; a son, Joseph Minor and his wife, Lindsay, of Mount Olive; seven grandchildren, Brandon, Dylan, Justin, Katlynn, Jeffrey, Shannon, and Isaac; two great-grandchildren; three brothers, Harry Minor and his wife, Debbie, of Meadowbrook, Paul "Dinky" Minor and his wife, Rita, of Brighton and Steve Minor and his wife, Linda, of Dow; two sisters, Dora Jean "Dodie" Funk and her husband, Lonnie, of Brighton and Dottie Flannery and her husband, Rick, of Brighton; a sister-in-law, Jackie Minor of Alton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Leroy Minor; and a nephew, Ricky "Doo" Minor.
Those of us left behind celebrate his life, knowing that he was a devoted family man, proud "Brother" and loyal friend, and will be sadly missed by many.
Visitation and funeral services were held at Gent Funeral Home in Alton, with the Rev. Ed Haun officiating.
Burial was private.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Online guestbook and information may be found at

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01/10/10 07:49 PM #1    

Norma Baron

As the New Year progressed I was saddened to hear of our first classmate of 2010's passing. I really didn't know him but, he was someone I was looking for at the reunion!

There are certain moments that binds you to people you don't know. This was a happy one. We were both in Drama class together. As people that took Drama with Mr. Davenport know ... we were tested on our makeup and costume in one part.

Jim's was the best EMMETT KELLY I've ever seen! Really wanted to share that memory with James last fall instead of you all today!

He seemed to be a really nice guy with a cool sense of humor!

Rest in Peace James M. Minor

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