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Calvary Baptist Church
Monday August 16th, 2021
3:00pm - 5:00pm

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Calvary Baptist Church
Monday August 16th, 2021

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James "Jim" Allen Shanks

James “Jim” Allen Shanks, 69 of Palmer passed away on Sunday, July 25, 2021 at 1:52 a.m. at Taylorville Memorial Hospital in Taylorville, IL. He was born on March 30, 1952 in Taylorville, IL. He was the son of Charles Joseph and Florence Mae (Mainwaring) Shanks. He married Cynthia “Cindy” Marie Fleming on June 1, 1975 at Calvary Baptist Church in Taylorville. Jim retired as a coal miner and known by many co-workers by his nickname, “Bandit.” He was a long-time, active member of Calvary Baptist Church and served as a bus route assistant, Sunday school teacher, Life Group leader, and former deacon. He coached little league baseball, YMCA soccer and basketball, and had been a board member of Red Bland Little League. He loved fishing with his sons and grandsons, spending time with family and friends, and meeting together on a regular basis for coffee with friends at McDonalds. He enjoyed reading and helping others. Jim also loved delivering flowers for his daughter-in-law’s flower business (Locust Creek Flower Farm).

He is survived by his wife: Cynthia “Cindy” Shanks of Taylorville; Sons: James Andrew and wife Stacey Shanks of Pana, IL; Nathan Patrick Shanks and Fiancé Torie Brinkoetter of Springfield, IL; Grandchildren: Deacon James, Calum Andrew, and Judson Patrick Shanks of Pana, IL; Sisters: Leslie & husband (Robert) Stephens of Taylorville, B. Jean & husband (David) Madaus of Taylorville; Brothers: Michael & wife (Debra) Shanks of Taylorville, Patrick & wife (Julianna) Shanks of Alabama, Wesley & wife (Lori) Shanks of Florida; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Grandparents: Grace Shanks, Charles Shanks, Mary Mainwaring, and Gilbert Mainwaring.
Jim was known by all to be a kind, genuine, loving, caring, fun-loving, selfless person who loved God and helping others and expecting nothing in return.

Visitation will be held on Monday, August 16, 2021 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Taylorville, IL. Funeral service will be held immediately following the visitation starting at 5:00 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Taylorville, IL with Pastor Steve Switzer officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Anderson Cemetery in Palmer, IL. The family would like to invite everyone to the dinner following the funeral service in the Church gym. The funeral will also be live streamed for anyone that is not able to attend, please contact either James or Nathan for the link.

Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

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A candle was lit in memory of James "Jim" Shanks

Jim and Jackie Newbanks Aug 17 2021 12:11 PM

Cindy we can't be with you today but our hearts are sending love your way. We've known you guys for so many years going to church together when we were young. We kind of reconnected at Spring Garden. Loved visiting with both of you. We know that we will see Jim again and that he is at home in Heaven. Praise God for his salvation and testimony! Sending love to your sons and grandsons too.

Elaine and Jim Brown Aug 16 2021 4:12 PM

Jim was a great friend of mine during our childhood. We played ping-pong in my basement until my parents made everybody go home! In the summer we played whiffle ball, or just hung out in the neighborhood. He was a good guy then, and from all reports only got better. It's a tragic loss for all who knew him, all the more for his family.

Barry Wright Aug 11 2021 9:07 PM

We are so sorry for your loss.

The Cravens family, Kathie, Wes, Osajuli, David & Sophia Aug 11 2021 9:51 AM

My condolences and prayers to Cindy , Andrew and Nathan to help them through this difficult time. I was a classmate of Jim's with the class of 1970 at THS. Jim was one of the good guys

Susan Emmerling Unser Aug 11 2021 1:05 AM

My Deepest Condolences and Prayers for Comfort and Peace to the Family and Friends of Jim. We were THS classmates graduating in 1970. He was a Wonderful Guy with a Huge Heart and Deep Soul.

Sharon Price Aug 10 2021 9:30 PM

A candle was lit in memory of James "Jim" Shanks

Sharon Price Aug 10 2021 9:21 PM

My prayers go out to all of Jim' s family and friends, especially you Cindy and your boys!! I am so sorry for your loss of a good man!!

Jean Camatti Aug 10 2021 9:56 AM

A candle was lit in memory of James "Jim" Shanks

Jean Camatti Aug 10 2021 9:52 AM

A candle was lit in memory of James "Jim" Shanks

Dawn Reiser Aug 2 2021 1:20 PM

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