James R. Medlock, 84, of Springfield, died at 9:50 a.m., Monday, August 5, 2013 at Memorial Medical Center. He was born on August 8, 1928 in Chapin, IL to Arthur and Marjorie Brownlow Medlock. James married Marilyn J. Metcalf on July 23, 1977 and she survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Teri Casen of Las Vegas, NV; one son, Jim Medlock of Scottsdale, AZ; two grandchildren, Becky (Mark) Petry and Bobby Sullivan; one great-grandchild, Kayla Petry and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Margie Conlee, and three brothers, Kenneth, George and Tom Medlock.
James proudly served in the United State Air Force during WWII and was stationed in Japan and Korea where he was an air traffic controller. He graduated from Jacksonville High School and attended Illinois College where he received his Bachelor’s Degree. He continued his education and received his Masters Degree and PhD at the University of Illinois. He was a member of Illinois College Alumni, University of Illinois Alumni Association and American Association of School Administrators.
James was an avid sports fan. He especially enjoyed the Fighting Illini and the Cubs and Cardinals. James was a teacher, principal and assistant superintendent at various districts in Central and Northern Illinois. He was Superintendent at Illinois School District 149. James also worked as the Director of School District Reorganization for the Illinois State of Board of Education.
Visitation: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Thursday, August 8, 2013 at Staab Funeral Home.
Funeral Service: 1:00 p.m., Thursday, August 8, 2013 at Staab Funeral Home with Vaughn Beeman and Charlie Duggins officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery, where military honors will be conducted by the Sangamon County Interveterans Burial Detail.
Memorial contributions may be made to Illinois College in Jacksonville.