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James Lyle White

8/31/1956 - 4/17/2018

PEKIN ~ James Lyle White, 61, of Pekin, passed away at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at Farmington Country Manor in Farmington.

Born August 31, 1956 in Pekin to Irma Watson, he married Tammie Cornwell.

Surviving are one daughter, Melody (Danny) Freeman of Pekin; two sons, Troy White and Kyle (Stacie) White, both of Pekin; seven grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Leslie “Gene” (Beth) White of Farmington; four sisters, Paula (Bruce) Bair of Bartonville, Chris (Jeff) Carlyle and Teresa Foster, both of Farmington, and Michelle (Eric) Simon of Pekin; many nieces and nephews; and his uncle, Terry Watson of Farmington.

He was preceded in death by his mother and step-father, Irma and Jerry Utsinger; and one brother, Johnny Foster.

Lyle worked for Tomen Grain Company in Pekin for 20 years.  Previously, he worked for Tazewell Machine Company in Pekin.

An avid fisherman, Lyle also enjoyed music, bowling, and playing pool.  Lyle will be remembered for being funny, being the life of the party, and never getting mad.  He was a hard worker and was a great family man.

His visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2018 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  Cremation will be accorded following the visitation.

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