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April 16, 2024

James W. (Jim) St. Clair

James W. (Jim) St. Clair

James W. (Jim) St. Clair died on the evening of January 27, 2021.

Born November 13, 1933 to Eugene and Pauline St. Clair, Jim grew up on a family farm in Taylorsville. He was the middle child of three boys – Ned and Bob. Jim was a loving husband and father, former professional baseball player, Army veteran, and 2018 Alexander County Sports Hall of Fame Inductee. He excelled as a custom upholsterer for many years.

Sports have always been an important part of Jim’s life as a participant, coach, mentor, and spectator. He was an avid Duke Basketball fan. Despite his achievements as an athlete, Jim was a humble man best known for his kindness and love of family.

Jim will be remembered for his smile which brought light to everyone he met. In his words, the three best days of his life were the day he married his wife, Jean, and the birth dates of his two daughters, Pam and Penny. When Penny married her husband Pete in 1987, Jim gained a son who shared his love of sports and golf. He also cherished his grand dogs, Gidgi, Brock, Megan, and Murphy.

A graveside service at Taylorsville Cemetery will be held on Saturday, January 30 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to First Baptist Church of Taylorsville, where Jim faithfully served as a Deacon and Sunday School teacher for over twenty years.

Special thanks to Jim’s Angel Team from Hospice, Medi Home Health, and many caregivers at Iredell Memorial Hospital.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Alexander Funeral and Cremation Service.

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  1. Jim Russell on January 29, 2021 at 9:40 am

    To Jean, Pam, and Penny,
    Dale and I offer our sincerest condolences in Jim’s passing. I always enjoyed any time that I had the opportunity to see Jim. His smile lit up any place he was at. He was a great husband, dad, church member…and he could hit a baseball and golf ball!
    I’m sorry I couldn’t take part in the service. Dale and I both have covid. Praying for you all.
    Jim Russell

  2. John Bentley on January 29, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    Jean,Pam,Penny and families.
    I am sorry for your loss.
    Jim and I grew up together playing at his Grandparents, who were my uncle Callie and aunt Clemmie StClair.
    I can remember one day Uncle Callie told us to stay off his snakes as we played in the apple orchard.
    Sometimes I would spend the night with Jim, Ned, and Bob after leaving baseball practice.
    Jim will be greatly missed by many people.
    Cousin John Bentley in Raleigh

  3. Jack Lail on January 30, 2021 at 5:31 pm

    Jean, Betty and I offer our sympathy at this time of loss. I enjoyed getting re-accquainted with the two of you at Class reunions. Jim will be missed by many! We will keep you and your family in our prayers.

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