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DECATUR -- James Thomas Moody, Jr. 76 of Chatsworth, died Sunday (Sept. 23, 2018) at OSF Saint James - John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac, IL.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth with a funeral service to follow at 7:00 pm. Private family inurnment will be held at a later date at Graceland Fairlawn Cemetery in Decatur, IL.

James was born May 14, 1942, in DuBois, PA, a son of James Thomas, Sr. and Anna Lucille Moody. He married Shirley Griffith, and they had four children together. He later married Georgianna Poling on April 25, 1981, in Decatur, IL and they shared 30 years together. She preceded him on February 22, 2011.

He is survived by his children, Michele Slunder, Decatur; Thomas “Mike” (Ann) Moody, Chatsworth; Jamie (Scott) Jefson, Shelbyville; Amanda “Mandy” Crispen, Dwight; 13 grandchildren, Vanessa (Caleb) Kelson, Sami (Scott) Glover, Brad Moody, Kyle Moody, Mallory Jefson, Evan Slunder, Carmen (Eddie) Armstrong, Courtney Moody, Skyler Gamble, Lyle Jefson, Justin Moody, Jordan Moody and Mikayla Gamble; one brother: Fred (Cheryl) Moody of Madisonville, KY.

He was in preceded in death by his parents, one son and daughter-in-law, Justin and Candace Moody and one son-in-law, Jeffrey Slunder.

James graduated from DuBois High School and went on to graduate from LeTourneau College in Longview, TX. Early in his career he worked as an industrial engineer. Later he returned to his passion of working on cars at Red’s Garage. He served as a volunteer firefighter most of his adult life and was very active as a Son of the American Legion. He greatly enjoyed hosting annual Christmas gatherings and legendary Easter egg hunts at his home for all his grandchildren. He also enjoyed spending time bowling and camping. In his retirement, he greatly enjoyed golfing with his friends, NASCAR races and watching Steelers & Cubs games.

Memorials may be made to the Chatsworth Fire Department or the Chatsworth Sons of the American Legion.

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