CHARLESTON, IL – Gregory Alan James, age 70 of Charleston, Illinois went to be with his Maker on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, while in the comfort of his home. A Memorial Service to honor and celebrate his life will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 3, 2021, at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 2206 Fourth Street in Charleston with Reverend Tom Corum officiating. Following the service friends and family will be gathering at the Brick House, 920 West Lincoln Street in Charleston, for fellowship and refreshments as they continue to celebrate Greg’s life. In lieu of flowers memorials in his honor may be made to the Charleston High School Performing Arts Club to be used for future musical productions and theater renovations. Gifts may be mailed in care of Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.
Greg was born September 24, 1951, in Charleston, the son of Charles and Devonna (Nickell) James. He married Bonnie LaShomb on April 25, 1992, in Charleston. In addition to Bonnie, his devoted wife of 29 years, he leaves two children, Skyler Przygoda and her husband Noah of Nashville, Tennessee and Nathan James and his girlfriend Josie Trevino of Woodstock, Illinois; and two brothers-in-law, David LaShomb of Charleston and Ronald LaShomb of Moline, Illinois. In addition to his parents, Greg was preceded in death by two cousins.
Greg attended Charleston schools graduating from Charleston High School in 1969. He furthered his education at Lake Land College where he received an associate degree and then on to Northern Illinois University where he attained his bachelor’s degree in graphic design. For many years Greg utilized his graphic design skills as an employee of Rardin Graphics in Charleston. After Rardin Graphics closed, Greg worked in the photo lab at the Charleston Wal-Mart and then became a substitute teacher in the same schools he grew up in. For close to twelve years, Greg substitute taught in the Charleston School District for all ages and all subjects.
Greg was formerly a member of First Christian Church in Charleston and currently held membership at Wesley United Methodist Church. He played an active role in running the sound booth for both congregations. He loved photography and his love for woodworking and creating things prompted him to readily volunteer to help construct the sets and assist with the high school musicals in which his children were participating. Greg was a man with strong family values and was extremely committed to those he loved. The love he felt for Skyler and Nathan was demonstrated daily as an extremely devoted father. He never missed an event in which his children were participating, and they could always rely on him for encouragement and support. He will truly be missed and memories of him will be forever cherished.