Mr. Stout was born on December 24, 1946 in Anna to Lois Ord and Elsie (Baker) Stout. He married Joyce Hickam on July 15, 1977 at Ferne Clyffe State Park. She survives of Anna.
James was a US Army veteran who proudly fought for his country as a helicopter and vehicle mechanic during Vietnam. Once honorably discharged, he returned back to the states to begin a long career as an over the road trucker. He worked for various companies throughout his forty year career, most recently at Roof Built Express in Marion.
James was protestant and a life member of Carol Pete Foster Post #345 in Anna. He loved meeting people and spending time with his family. Children could not resist his “Donald Duck” voice and his endearing personality. He was a motorcycle and dirt track racing enthusiast who owned a chromed out Harley Davidson and followed NASCAR favorites Dale Jr. and Jeff Gordon. His CB handle was “Quarter Horse” and most people knew him as such. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Survivors include: his wife, Joyce Stout of Anna; daughters Misti DeVillez and husband Ted of Eldorado and Brandi Richardson and husband Major Chris Richardson of Hahira, GA; a son Zachery Stout of Lick Creek; Seven grandchildren, Kaitlin Bailey of Ridgeway, Jordan Bailey of Eldorado, Mia, Marilyn and Savannah DeVillez of Eldorado and Abigail and Colt Richardson of Hahira, GA.
He is also surveyed by his previous wife Sandra Holderfield of Dongola; and brothers and sisters; Virginia Page of Goreville, Lorene Lingle of Vienna, Larry Stout of Anna, Terry Hill and wife Lynn of Verona, WI, Cissie Fosse and husband Jim of Marion, Carl Crawford and wife Shelia of Kansas, Joe Delgado and wife Diane of Branson, MO, Carmen Becker and husband Tom of San Antonio, TX, Ben Delgado of Nevada, Michelle Daniels of St. Louis, Rob Crawford and wife Ann of Maryland, Jan Crawford of Maryland, Dale Leonard and husband John of Maryland, and Karla Crawford of Goreville; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and a multitude of close friends
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Bill Stout and sisters Lawanda Pulliam and Rosalie Delgado.
The funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM, Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at Blue Funeral Home in Goreville. Rev. Jason Forby will officiate. Burial will follow at Ebeneezer Hall Cemetery in Lick Creek and military rites will be performed at graveside by the Carol Pete Foster Post #3455 in Anna with assistance from the Illinois National Guard. Visitation will be from 5-8:00 PM, Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at Blue Funeral Home in Goreville.
Due to medical reasons, the family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the family and will be accepted at Blue Funeral Home/ 812 S. Broadway/Goreville, IL 62939.