James "Jim" R. Piper

LAWRENCEVILLE, Illinois — James “Jim” R. Piper, age 77, of Lawrenceville, passed away on Sunday, July 18, 2021, at Good Samaritan in Vincennes, Indiana.

He was born on Aug. 4, 1943, in Sumner, the son of Cecil and Dorothy Acton (Piper).

He married Sharon “Sue” Boatman on June 15, 1963, and she survives.

Jim was a Bridgeport High School graduate. He worked at AMF in Olney, owned and operated Jim Piper Construction, and after his retirement, he was a truck driver for Thompson Farms. His memberships included the White House Christian Church, Shriners, and Masonic Lodge in Bridgeport. He also served as a trustee on the Lawrence Allison Fire Protection District. He was an avid fan of St. Louis Cardinals baseball and Illinois basketball. His hobbies included raccoon hunting, deer hunting, as well as camping with his family. In his earlier years, he enjoyed working on cars.

Preceding him in death were his parents; three brothers, Ron Piper, John Piper and Robert Piper; and one sister, Carol Heath.

Survivors include his wife, Sue; one daughter, Sandra Thompson and husband, J.R., of Lawrenceville; three brothers, Gene Piper of Fort Wayne, Indiana, David Piper and wife, Twyla, of Lawrenceville, and Bud Piper and wife, Radonna, of Laurel, Mississippi; two sisters, Cleora Gillespie-Weger of Flat Rock and Dorothy Laughlin of Bridgeport; two grandchildren, Johnna Thompson and John R. Thompson and wife, Kalena; and three great-grandchildren, Rhys, Rory, and Tyne Thompson.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. CDT on Wednesday at the Emmons-Macey and Steffey Funeral Home in Lawrenceville. Burial will be in the Lawrenceville City Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. CDT today and 9-10 a.m. CDT Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to the Lawrenceville Senior Citizens Center.

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