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James D. Neavill

d. December 5, 2019

James D. Neavill, age 70, of Jacksonville, formerly of Fancy Prairie and Springfield, passed away on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at his home surrounded by family and friends.              

Jim was born on November 29, 1949 in Springfield, the son of Arthur E. and Helen G. “Tootie” (Black) Neavill.             

He survived by his brother Larry (Linda) Neavill of Winchester, KY; sister Jan Neavill Halford of Springfield, IL; two nephews, Michael (Rebecca) Neavill and Will Primm; two nieces, Julie Neavill – Slagle and Olivia Primm; two great nephews; four great nieces; several cousins; and an abundance of close friends that ultimately turned into his family.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Jim had a passion for St. Louis Cardinals baseball as well as Duke and North Carolina basketball. He watched “Days of our Lives” since its first airing in 1965. Jim’s longtime dream was granted to make a trip to “Dollywood” thanks to Pathway of Jacksonville and Memorial Hospice. Most of all, Jim always had a smile on his face and loved people.

The family would like to give a sincere thanks to Jim’s East Morton Staff and Family who cared for and loved him unconditionally.

Visitation for Jim will be held on Saturday December 7, 2019 from 10:00 AM until time of funeral service at 12:00 PM at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens, IL.

Memorials can be made to Pathway Services Unlimited – East Morton Home.

Cindy Lash will be officiating.

Burial will be held at Walnut Hill Cemetery near Williamsville.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the Neavill family. On-line condolences can be shared at


  1. Jan,
    I was sorry to hear about your brother’s passing. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. What a wonderful guy. Always a smile. My condolences to Jim’s family and to all of the friends that will miss him so much.

  3. Jan,
    So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Thinking of Jim and the rest of my family today as he is laid to rest next to Aunt Tootie. Over the last 60 years I can’t recall a time that I saw Jim when there wasn’t a huge smile on his face that you just knew was a result of the joy bursting forth from his heart. And something that always comes to my mind is the interaction between Jim and his cousin, my Aunt Judy Graves, that always brought a smile to my face. Jim took such joy in teasing her and the back and forth between them radiated smiles in all of those around them.

    I think that when the Bible talks about the “pure of heart” Jim would be someone that the Lord would hold up as an example to the rest of us. Today as he is laid to rest I think that Matthew 5:8 is appropriate, ” Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”

    The family here in Iowa sends our heart felt condolences to all who loved him. Sorry we couldn’t be with you today but please know that Jim and all of you are in our thoughts and hearts.

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