Jim D. Lolley, 39, of St. Anne, Illinois, passed from this life and into the next on March 1, 2007. He was traveling on business in Lancaster County, Pa., when he was involved in a fatal auto accident.
Jim entered this world on April 26, 1967, in Valdosta, Ga., and began a life of purpose and principle -- he left a legacy which will far outlast his 39 years of life. He attended school in Lowndes County, where he graduated in 1985 from Lowndes High School. While in high school, Jim was on the wrestling team for three years and earned the title of 4A State Heavyweight Wrestling Champion. He also played football his senior year. Upon graduation, Jim was named a Senior Superlative. For the next three years Jim attended the University of Southwest Louisiana on a football scholarship.
While in school in Louisiana, he met Michelle Bates and they married in May of 1987. In September of 1988, Jim and Michelle welcomed their first child into their life. They moved to Perkins, Okla., where they lived for the next 11 years. They added two more children to their family while residing there.
In 1999, Jim graduated from Bartlesville Wesleyan College with a B.S. degree in human resource management. Jim worked for Armstrong World Industries from 1989 until his death. He received several promotions while with Armstrong and was recently promoted to Human Resources Manager for Resilient Manufacturing & Operations-Armstrong Floor Products.
Jim lived to serve others and spent his days fulfilling that purpose. He never met a stranger and never passed someone by that was in need. He cherished his family above all else and loved God and mankind with all his heart.
Surviving are his wife, Michelle Lolley of St. Anne; two daughters and one son-in-law, Nikki and Benjamin Chew of Bakersfield, Calif., Chelsea Lolley of St. Anne; one son, Benjamin Lolley of St. Anne; parents, Bob and Leonia Lolley of Valdosta, Ga.; and one brother, Bobby Lolley of Tallahassee, Fla.
There will be two memorial celebrations of Jim's life. The first will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, at Immanuel Baptist Church in Kankakee. The second will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at River of Life Church in Perkins, Okla. Jim will be laid to rest at the Perkins Cemetery.
Note from Ron:
Jim was a friend from several years back, when he lived in a small town south of Stillwater. He was a good friend, a guy who was full of life and a fun-loving guy. He will be greatly missed.
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