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James Terry

January 10, 1944 ~ July 29, 2019 (age 75)


James Terry 75, of Champaign, IL. passed away on July 29, 2019 at his home in Champaign. Jim was born in Milan, Tennessee on January 10, 1944 the son of Floyd and Dollye Terry. He was raised in Alamo, Tennessee where he attended school and remained until he joined the U.S. Airforce. He proudly served eight years on active duty and was stationed in San Antonio Texas, Amarillo Texas and Chanute Air Force base in Rantoul IL. He had a four year assignment at the U.S. Pentagon and a combat tour of duty in Vietnam in 1969. Jim also retired from Clifford Jacobs Forging Company after over 35 years of service.

On November 22, 1973 he married Karen Norman, she survives, along with his sons, Casey (Sara) Terry of Mahomet, Pete Ashton of White Heath; grandchildren Ethan and Ella Terry and Katie Ashton; brothers in law Dan Norman and Paul Norman; sisters in law Kim Barr and Becky Norman. Jim is also survived by his dear friend and cohort Bill Vaugn. “I loved Bill like a brother. We were together in all phases of our lives good and bad. If there was a need the other was always there. A true friend like no other, where you found one, you found the other. Thank you, Bill. Thank you to my friends Rod and Ellie Emberson who have been special friends for over fifty years, and to Sandy Haneline for all of her love and support.”

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, sister Pat, brother Jack, father in law Jim Norman, mother in law Betty Norman and his nephew Josh Norman whom he loved very much.

Memorials may be made in Jim’s name to the American Legion Post 1015 of Mahomet, IL. 412 E. Main St. 61853 in Mahomet, IL.

A Celebration of Jim’s life will be held on Tuesday, August 6th ,2019 at 7pm at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Champaign, Illinois 710 N. Neil St. Champaign, Illinois 61820. Memorial visitation will be held prior from 5-7 at the funeral home. Per Jim’s request, please wear casual attire. Please join Jim’s family in sharing memories, photos and videos on his tribute wall at



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