Funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at First Church of God, located at 11th and Girard streets in Metropolis, with Rev. David Deem officiating.
Burial will follow at St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Austin Wynne, Byron Wynne, Joe Quint, Mark Kennedy, Truman Logeman and Dale Childress.
Jim was a native of Saline County. He worked for Southern Illinois Steel, Illinois Central Gulf Railroad and retired from Electric Energy Inc. in 1996.
He had a tremendous love for God, his family and his country. For some 40 years, Jim began his weekend with fasting and prayer for church services at First Church of God. Sunday morning was always a special blessing as he felt led to be involved with the church bus ministry to pick up the children and families that he had invited to church the previous week.
Jim also taught Sunday school and lead a spirit-filled song service. With every beat of his heart, with every breath he drew he sang a song of life and was engulfed in God’s love.
He was a man full of quiet strength who deeply loved his family. He taught his family that service to others came first, as he strived to be a blessing to others.
Jim was survived by his loving wife, Mary Hannah Quint Wynne of 52 years, who cared for him every day until his death at their home; one son, Rick Wynne and wife Cherri of Flower Mound, Texas; two daughters, Janet Helton and husband Pat of Metropolis and Sandy McIntosh and husband Steve of Louisville, Ky. Jim also had six of the best grandchildren he could have ever asked for: Austin James Wynne, Katherine “Katie” Wynne, CaSandra Helton-Morehead and husband Jason, Trisha Helton-Talbert, Salina Helton and Hannah McIntosh. Jim was also blessed to have three great-grandchildren: Mary Elizabeth Talbert and Gradie Layne and Helton Avery Morehead.
He is also survived by one sister, Judy Haywood and husband Jerry of Evansville, Ind.; his youngest brother, Harold Wynne and wife Marsha of Metropolis; one sister–in-law, Georgia Wynne of Indianapolis Ind.; and many nieces and nephews.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Reuben and Ruth Wynne of Carrier Mills; his oldest brother, Don Wynne; and nephew Mike Wynne.
Visitation will be held after 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12 at Aikins-Farmer Funeral Home in Metropolis.
Memorials may be made to COPE, 1013 North Ave., Metropolis, IL 62960.