James K. Finley Jr., 79, of Williamsburg, passed away on May 4, 2012.
He was born in Chicago, Ill., and grew up in Decatur, Ill. He was a graduate of Millikin University, where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity.
James retired after 35 years of service with Illinois Bell Telephone Company, serving in a management role for his entire career.
He had been a member of Williamsburg Presbyterian Church since 1994, where he served as an Elder, Moderator of the Deacons, choir member, and a Stephen Minister.
James was an avid golfer, and was a golf club champion of five years at South Side Country Club in Decatur, Ill., and a one year golf club champion at Old Orchard Country Club in Mt. Prospect, Ill. Locally, he enjoyed his golf membership at the Golden Horseshoe in Colonial Williamsburg.
He also enjoyed woodworking and reading, as well as spending time with his family. James was a Little League baseball coach for many years, and a wonderful musician, playing both the clarinet and the saxophone. He was a 32nd degree Mason and active Shriner. James was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during the Korean War.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James K. Finley Sr. and Kathleen M. Finley.
James is survived by his loving wife of over 56 years, Barbara L. Finley; two sons, Michael and wife, Kim, Peter and wife, Monica; daughter, Beth McCaugherty and husband, Dan; and seven grandchildren, Lauren, Matthew, Kendall, Evan, Kylie, Colin and Liam.
Online condolences may be offered at www.nelsencares.com.
Obituary credit: Daily Press