James Matthew McHargue

Mar 10th, 1928 - Mar 14th, 2017


Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home

Sun, Mar. 19th, 2017 5:00 PM ~ 8:00 PM


Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home

Mon, Mar. 20th, 2017 1:00 PM


Herrin City Cemetery

Mon, Mar. 20th, 2017 2:00 PM

Herrin- James Matthew McHargue, age 89, of Herrin, passed away peacefully at 5:28am on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, surrounded by his loving family, at Herrin Hospital.

James was born in Herrin on March 10, 1928, the son of Alexander and Hattie (Woodward) McHargue. He married Edna Louise Young in Herrin on December 15, 1945. She preceded him in death on October 11, 1999.

Prior to his retirement, Jim had worked for more than 47 years as a gravedigger for Southern Illinois Vault Company.  With his hobby of CB radios, he claimed the handle of “Running Bear”.

Jim was a Christian and had attended the Church of God before his health prevented him.  He was a very hard worker who enjoyed fishing, sprint car races, yard work and gardening.

Survivors include-

Daughter and Son-in-law- Jerrie Lynn and Bill Barnett of Herrin

Son and Daughter-in-law- Jim and Roberta McHargue of Herrin

Son and Daughter-in-law- Steve and Kay McHargue of Marion

Son-in-law- James Sanders

Twelve Grandchildren- James Dale McHargue

Janie Louise Sanders

Jennifer Lynn Pierce

Christina Sanders

Paul Matthew McHargue

Kami Garrett

Elizabeth Rausch

Rev. Miranda Gorham

Laura Pritchett

Rachael Sanders

Kori Nicole Sanders

Alexander Sanders

Several Great Grandchildren and great great grandchildren

Numerous Nieces and Nephews

He was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother- Jesse, wife- Louise, daughter- Phyllis Ann Sanders, and three great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm on Monday, March 20, 2017 at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin with Rev. Don Colson officiating. Burial will follow at Herrin City Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5-8pm on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home.

For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made to Community Chapel Church. Envelopes will be available and accepted at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home; 201 S. 13th Street; Herrin, IL 62948.  For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit www.hughesfuneralhomes.com


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3 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Dawn

    From: , Illinois

    Date: March 16, 2017

    I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my belated condolence. May the God of all comfort, Jehovah, look after you during this most difficult time. In the book of Revelation 21:3,4 there is a beautiful promise He gives where He says that soon will come a time when death, mourning, and tears will be no more. To substantiate what the Bible says about this promise, type the following link into your browser: tinyurl.com/jyp4yl4. May thoughts and scriptures like this be of comfort to you during this most difficult time.

  • Guest: Flo Barnes

    From: Johnston City, Illinois

    Date: March 16, 2017

    Steve and Roberta
    I’m so very sorry for your loss. Praying for you both and your families.

  • Guest: Tina Lewis

    From: Carterville, Illinois

    Date: March 17, 2017

    I was James’ nurse for almost 5 years. His daughter Jerrie became like my own family and helped me cope with the sudden and devastating loss of my son. Nurses aren’t supposed to get too involved, but with people like James and his family, you can’t help it. They’re like a 2nd family to me. I will deeply miss James.