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Carrie Mae St. James

Carrie Mae St. James

Mrs. Carrie M. St. James, 100, of Sparta, IL; she was born on November 29, 1923 in Sparta, IL. She was the 4th child of Kenneth and Pauline Madison.  She attended school in Sparta, IL and moved to Chicago, IL.

She later returned to Sparta and married the love of her life, David M. St. James and together they raised six children.

Carrie spent several years raising her children, and she also worked outside of the home.  She worked at Elwyn Cleaners, Head Start, and was proprietor of an in-home Day Care Center.

Carrie confessed her hope in Christ and was a faithful and active member of the Church of God in Christ All Nations in Sparta, where she was a Sunday School teacher, choir member and devoted member of the 1 p.m. prayer service.

She was called home to be with our Lord and Savior on February 23, 2024.  She leaves to cherish her memories her sister, Ruby Cushinberry; her son, David (Penny) St. James; daughters, Bonnie Dickerson, Kathy St. James and Julie Cross; 26 grandchildren; a host of great and great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many other loving relatives and friends.

Carrie was preceded in death by her parents; husband; six siblings; children, Warren Kenneth Horton and Jazan Wallace; grandsons, Tommy Dickerson and Terrell Horton.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.heilschuessler.com.

The Visitation for Mrs. St. James will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at the Church of God in Christ Jesus All Nations in Sparta, IL from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Funeral Services will begin at 12:00 p.m. with Rev. Joseph Edmonson officiating.  Interment will take place at Caledonia Cemetery in Sparta, IL.

Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta, IL is in charge of arrangements.

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  1. Nicholas Cross says:

    Love you forever Grandmother.

  2. Stephanie Wallace McKissic says:

    Hello beautiful!

    This is so surreal, sending you a message on your obit page, like wait what?!! You know we had an agreement that you weren’t leaving me until Jesus came back, but even then you would just laugh and shake your head. Grandma your impression on my soul and SO many others is immeasurable and rather astounding. During the times when I needed my mother so desperately, I would call you, and as soon as I heard you say, “hi baby” I could literally feel you hugging my heart. I’m so thankful that I got to see you on Monday, feed you a pinch of cheeseburger, hold your hand, kiss you and let you know how much you are loved, thank you for being my everything and having the courage to let you know that we’d be okay because you did your job with sass, honor, and so much love. We are beyond blessed to have had you for SO long and yes, I’ll admit to selfishly still wanting you here, but I am comforted in knowing that you were welcomed by all of our loved ones that we’ve lost but were waiting to greet you and oh my goodness, I can only imagine the celebration that was!!

    I love you my GRANDest Mother! Our memories will live on and make me smile in the middle of the day, for no apparent reason, until we see each other again.

    Love eternal,
    Stephanie

  3. Doug Bicket says:

    Sorry for your loss David.

    My mom passed away in April 2013, and my dad in October 2016. A freind told that we never totally grow up until both our parents are gone. I thought that was a strange thing to say to me at that time, but I found it to be true. So, I guess we both are fully grown up now.

    You and your family will be in our prayers🙏🏻

    Doug Bicket

    • Barb Razer says:

      David and Family, Wishing you peace, comfort, and healing.

      Barb Benson Razer, SHS Class of 1973

  4. Jill Lee says:

    Aunt Carrie,

    Visiting you in Sparta and being able to see my cousins and family as my grandparents so proudly would drive me down.. I will never forget. Heading up the dirt roads, rocky gravel and seeing your house so eloquently placed like a home you would see in 12×16 portrait in a loved ones house. The memories of your laughter, jokes and telling me alllll about grandma will be forever embedded in my heart. I learned about Sparta because of you. While this departure will be temporary and I’m quite excited to know your sweet face, petite stature will move mountains for us in heaven, it will still be an adjustment. Knowing that you have been added to the ancestry of angels, ancestral and family angels brings me comfort. Your life was well lived. Your children and grandchildren will continue your legacy.. and don’t worry I will sit on grandma (Ruby) for you but you know how she is.. so helppppppp! Love you! Til we meet again 💜✨

    • Perry Brooks says:

      Sorry for your loss, Mrs.Carrie was a Very Sweet Woman,always smiling, Prayers for you all in ur time of need, God Bless you all!

  5. Janice Payne says:

    Hi Aunt Carrie I am speaking to you directly. Because I can feel presence. When you transitioned you became our Angel and newest beloved ♥️ Ancestor forevermore✨️ ✨️.
    I thank you for letting me have the experience of a lifetime. During “My Summers in Sparta”. You (and Aunt Faye) became my Other Mothers during my teen years. In fact you and mom looked so much alike I felt right at home. My cousins were the brothers and sisters I never had. Learned a lot of life lessons. Love you, miss you.

    • … and speaking of “life lessons,” I was just talking with my bro, Matt, about how I started Kindergarten at age 4 thanks to our beloved educator, Grandma Carrie.

      Ever the consummate teacher, Grandma’s was my daycare, so she had me reading & writing well before the required starting age of 5. I attended grades K-12 with another Leslie, 1 yr older than I, w/whom I also share 11/23. Matt was incredulous at first, then he remembered exactly WHO we were discussing, and so, it all made sense.

      My Grandma Carrie really is the GREATEST, and I’m not just saying so as one of her baby’s babies. Thanks for the gems, Grandma 🙂 until we meet again, love…

      • Geanette Wilson says:

        To Bonnie, Kathy, Julie and all family members, I cherish the memories of the many years that I had the opportunity to have a close friendship and fellowship with Sis. St. James. I always felt welcome when visiting their home. She and I could share things in confidence and was encouraging to each other. She truly blessed to live a long life and to have a very caring family. Bonnie, God will truly bless you for your dedication in caring for your mom. My prayers are that God will give the family strength during this time of sorrow and the days to come.

  6. Leslie Madison says:

    Dearest Aunt Carrie,
    I, blessed to have been touched by you, am going to miss your beautiful earthly presence. My fondest childhood memories were made by you, Uncle David and cousins every summer -magical to me. Your infectious laughter and boundless energy was something to behold … so much in such a tiny package! What a great teacher of life you were, always keeping it real. I’ve missed you so, but kept memories of you in my heart, my soul. Thank you for brightening my life. Thank you for being there. Thank you for giving me stories that I’ve passed along to my children. Always Loving you,
    Leslie

  7. My Dearest Aunt Carrie,

    I am so happy that my life has been filled with the memories of you and Uncle David and all of our family that grew up under your love and covering. I’m so thankful for all of the time you poured into us. Thankful is an understatement. You raised all of us. I’m so grateful that I got to talk to you and see you. Sharing any moment with you has been a true blessing. I love you and will miss you … Your Sunshine… Je’nyce (Daughter of Norma Jean Madison) 🙏🏽♥️💐🕊️

  8. Deanie and Denise Gleghorn says:

    Aunt Carrie was a wonderful person. She led several souls to Christ by living the life of a true and dedicated Christian. I thank God for the example she displayed, correcting me when needed, and always loving us. I look forward to seeing her again in paradise.

  9. Linda Boston says:

    To the family of Cousin Carrie St James. She was a Sweetheart, beautiful Spirit, kind, loving and caring cousin. She loved everybody she came in contact with. Her smile would light up a room. I have many beautiful memories of her. She will be missed by everyone who knew and loved her. God Bless you cousin Carrie.
    Sincerely Cousin,
    Linda Boston
    Quincy, IL

  10. Jenna Dippel Lambeth says:

    Condolences to the family & other loved ones, of Mrs. St. James. I have fond memories of her son, David, who was in high school with me, although a bit younger.
    We’ve been gone from Sparta for 30-some years…it is good to hear the Edmondson’s church is still a lighthouse in Sparta, with a family member at the pulpit. Praise God!
    You are all in my thoughts & prayers.

14 Comments

  1. Condolences to the family & other loved ones, of Mrs. St. James. I have fond memories of her son, David, who was in high school with me, although a bit younger.
    We’ve been gone from Sparta for 30-some years…it is good to hear the Edmondson’s church is still a lighthouse in Sparta, with a family member at the pulpit. Praise God!
    You are all in my thoughts & prayers.

    Reply
  2. To the family of Cousin Carrie St James. She was a Sweetheart, beautiful Spirit, kind, loving and caring cousin. She loved everybody she came in contact with. Her smile would light up a room. I have many beautiful memories of her. She will be missed by everyone who knew and loved her. God Bless you cousin Carrie.
    Sincerely Cousin,
    Linda Boston
    Quincy, IL

    Reply
  3. Aunt Carrie was a wonderful person. She led several souls to Christ by living the life of a true and dedicated Christian. I thank God for the example she displayed, correcting me when needed, and always loving us. I look forward to seeing her again in paradise.

    Reply
  4. My Dearest Aunt Carrie,

    I am so happy that my life has been filled with the memories of you and Uncle David and all of our family that grew up under your love and covering. I’m so thankful for all of the time you poured into us. Thankful is an understatement. You raised all of us. I’m so grateful that I got to talk to you and see you. Sharing any moment with you has been a true blessing. I love you and will miss you … Your Sunshine… Je’nyce (Daughter of Norma Jean Madison) 🙏🏽♥️💐🕊️

    Reply
  5. Dearest Aunt Carrie,
    I, blessed to have been touched by you, am going to miss your beautiful earthly presence. My fondest childhood memories were made by you, Uncle David and cousins every summer -magical to me. Your infectious laughter and boundless energy was something to behold … so much in such a tiny package! What a great teacher of life you were, always keeping it real. I’ve missed you so, but kept memories of you in my heart, my soul. Thank you for brightening my life. Thank you for being there. Thank you for giving me stories that I’ve passed along to my children. Always Loving you,
    Leslie

    Reply
  6. Hi Aunt Carrie I am speaking to you directly. Because I can feel presence. When you transitioned you became our Angel and newest beloved ♥️ Ancestor forevermore✨️ ✨️.
    I thank you for letting me have the experience of a lifetime. During “My Summers in Sparta”. You (and Aunt Faye) became my Other Mothers during my teen years. In fact you and mom looked so much alike I felt right at home. My cousins were the brothers and sisters I never had. Learned a lot of life lessons. Love you, miss you.

    Reply
    • … and speaking of “life lessons,” I was just talking with my bro, Matt, about how I started Kindergarten at age 4 thanks to our beloved educator, Grandma Carrie.

      Ever the consummate teacher, Grandma’s was my daycare, so she had me reading & writing well before the required starting age of 5. I attended grades K-12 with another Leslie, 1 yr older than I, w/whom I also share 11/23. Matt was incredulous at first, then he remembered exactly WHO we were discussing, and so, it all made sense.

      My Grandma Carrie really is the GREATEST, and I’m not just saying so as one of her baby’s babies. Thanks for the gems, Grandma 🙂 until we meet again, love…

      Reply
      • To Bonnie, Kathy, Julie and all family members, I cherish the memories of the many years that I had the opportunity to have a close friendship and fellowship with Sis. St. James. I always felt welcome when visiting their home. She and I could share things in confidence and was encouraging to each other. She truly blessed to live a long life and to have a very caring family. Bonnie, God will truly bless you for your dedication in caring for your mom. My prayers are that God will give the family strength during this time of sorrow and the days to come.

        Reply
  7. Aunt Carrie,

    Visiting you in Sparta and being able to see my cousins and family as my grandparents so proudly would drive me down.. I will never forget. Heading up the dirt roads, rocky gravel and seeing your house so eloquently placed like a home you would see in 12×16 portrait in a loved ones house. The memories of your laughter, jokes and telling me alllll about grandma will be forever embedded in my heart. I learned about Sparta because of you. While this departure will be temporary and I’m quite excited to know your sweet face, petite stature will move mountains for us in heaven, it will still be an adjustment. Knowing that you have been added to the ancestry of angels, ancestral and family angels brings me comfort. Your life was well lived. Your children and grandchildren will continue your legacy.. and don’t worry I will sit on grandma (Ruby) for you but you know how she is.. so helppppppp! Love you! Til we meet again 💜✨

    Reply
    • Sorry for your loss, Mrs.Carrie was a Very Sweet Woman,always smiling, Prayers for you all in ur time of need, God Bless you all!

      Reply
  8. Sorry for your loss David.

    My mom passed away in April 2013, and my dad in October 2016. A freind told that we never totally grow up until both our parents are gone. I thought that was a strange thing to say to me at that time, but I found it to be true. So, I guess we both are fully grown up now.

    You and your family will be in our prayers🙏🏻

    Doug Bicket

    Reply
    • David and Family, Wishing you peace, comfort, and healing.

      Barb Benson Razer, SHS Class of 1973

      Reply
  9. Hello beautiful!

    This is so surreal, sending you a message on your obit page, like wait what?!! You know we had an agreement that you weren’t leaving me until Jesus came back, but even then you would just laugh and shake your head. Grandma your impression on my soul and SO many others is immeasurable and rather astounding. During the times when I needed my mother so desperately, I would call you, and as soon as I heard you say, “hi baby” I could literally feel you hugging my heart. I’m so thankful that I got to see you on Monday, feed you a pinch of cheeseburger, hold your hand, kiss you and let you know how much you are loved, thank you for being my everything and having the courage to let you know that we’d be okay because you did your job with sass, honor, and so much love. We are beyond blessed to have had you for SO long and yes, I’ll admit to selfishly still wanting you here, but I am comforted in knowing that you were welcomed by all of our loved ones that we’ve lost but were waiting to greet you and oh my goodness, I can only imagine the celebration that was!!

    I love you my GRANDest Mother! Our memories will live on and make me smile in the middle of the day, for no apparent reason, until we see each other again.

    Love eternal,
    Stephanie

    Reply
  10. Love you forever Grandmother.

    Reply

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