Born Jan. 2, 1940 in Brownfield, Mr. Crim was a 1958 graduate of Pope County Community High School.
He had been employed as a construction laborer and participated in the building of the Smithland Lock and Dam project.
He was later employed by the Illinois Department of Corrections, working at the Vienna Correctional Center and later at the Dixon Springs Impact Incarceration Program Boot Camp.
He retired with the rank of lieutenant. Mr. Crim was also a lifelong farmer.
He was a member of the Masonic fraternity. He had also served as secretary of the Laborer’s International Union, Local 803, formerly located in Golconda.
Mr. Crim was a member of Macedonia Freewill Baptist Church near Brownfield, where he had served as a deacon and former Sunday school teacher.
He also served on the Macedonia Cemetery Board.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, B. Eudora Crossland Crim; his children, Michael Crim and wife Starla and Marie Crim, all of Paducah, Bruce Crim of the Brownfield community and Jason Crim of Carterville; two grandchildren, Antoine McCauley of Louisville, Ky. and KeiMocia “MeMe” McCauley of Paducah; four great-grandchildren, Saniya Mitchell, Zakiya Mitchell, Jontavius McCauley and Josiah Dye; four brothers, Robert Crim and wife Sarah of the Temple Hill community, Prentiss Crim and wife Mona of Stonefort, Ricky Crim and wife Paula of Metropolis and Rodney Crim and wife Debra of the Brownfield community; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James A. Crim Sr. and Opal J. McCorkle Crim; one brother, Larry Crim; and two sisters, Patricia “Tish” Crim and Hazel Marie Jones.
Funeral service was held Saturday at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna with Pastor Benny Heady officiating.
Burial followed at Macedonia Cemetery near Brownfield.
Memorials may be made to the Macedonia Cemetery, c/o Debra Crim, 220 Macedonia Road, Golconda, IL 62938.