Jim Tadlock, 73, of Anna Illinois, formerly of Cave-In-Rock, died February 19, 2016. He was the son of Ben “Terp” and Thelma Jennings Tadlock.
Jim was a life-long, devout member of The Church of Christ. He served a U.S. Army veteran, retired from the Choate Mental Facility in Anna, IL.
Survivors include two nephews, James (Randi) Holbrook, Everett (LeAnn) Davis; three nieces, Sandy (Tom) Barnerd, Gayle (the late Randy) Belford, Tammy (Coy) Taber; and an aunt, Mildred Mayfield.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Velda Holbrook and Wanda “Tuttie” Davis; niece, Debbie Holbrook; great- nephew, Heath Barnerd; and uncles and aunts.
Hardin County Funeral Services, Rose-Gilbert Funeral Home, is in charge of arrangements. Services will be held Tuesday February 23, 11:00 a.m., at the funeral home. Rev. Steve Reeves will officiate. Burial will be at Cave Hill Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Cave Hill Cemetery.
Obituary of James B. “Jimmy” Tadlock
James B. “Jimmy” Tadlock of Anna, IL surrendered his life on February 19, 2016 at the age of 73 years, 7 months, and 5 days.
On July 14, 1942, Jimmy was the third child and only son born to the union of Ben “Terp” and Thelma Jennings Tadlock of Hardin County. He was preceded in death by his parents, both of his sisters, Velda Holbrook and Wanda “Tuttie” Davis, a niece, Debbie Holbrook, a great nephew, Heath Barnerd, and all of his aunts and uncles with the exception of Mildred Mayfield of Cave In Rock. He is survived by two nephews, James (Randi) Holbrook and Everett (LeAnn) Davis, and three nieces, Sandy (Tom) Barnerd, Gayle (Randy) Belford, and Tammy (Coy) Taber; cousins, many great nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews survive as well.
He spent his childhood in Cave In Rock, graduating from high school there, Class of 1960. He and his mother then moved to Manteno, IL where she obtained work at the State Mental Hospital. Shortly after the move, Jim was enlisted in the military where he served two years in the Army. As it would turn out, these two years would be the only time he did not reside with his mother until her death last year at the age of 97. When he returned from the military, he, too, gained employment at the State Hospital in Manteno where he worked for 24 years. With the closing of that facility, he transferred to Choate Mental Facility in Anna, where he worked as a dietitian until his retirement in 1997.
Jim was a member of The Church of Christ, attending services with the Benton, IL congregation until his health failed. He loved his church family as his own. Jim was a lifelong Christian, living the Word as professed in the Bible. He will surely be rewarded by joining his mother in Heaven for living as a devoted and faithful servant.
Upon Jim’s passing, country music lost its biggest fan. He and Mama have attended more concerts than all of us combined. Jim loved playing the games on country radio where he won hundreds of dollars of concert tickets and merchandise. He had already won his tickets for his annual trip to the Grand Ole Opry in the fall.
He loved to meet family and friends at Cracker Barrel for a country delicious meal and a long chat. Then, maybe, a stroll through the stores to find a bargain.
Another interest Jim enjoyed was decorating for the holidays — ALL of them! He even wore a pair of socks for each of them, i.e. hearts, shamrocks, flags, ghosts, snowmen, whatever the appropriate symbol was. He loved to tease James and Tom that he was sending them a pair, too. He also sent cards for every occasion. He kept track of all of our birthdays and anniversaries and the corresponding years. It was something we came to expect and he always came through. We will miss that.
Jimmy was a gentle soul. He was a devoted, loving son, a loyal friend, a congenial cousin, and a thoughtful, funny uncle. He wasn’t one to rock the boat, or even make a ripple. He loved to laugh and make good memories. Those of us who had the pleasure of knowing him have received a special gift. We will miss him more and more as time goes by.