Jimmie A. Warfield, 94, of Salem, passed away Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at Twin Willow Nursing home in Salem with his daughter by his side.
Born Feb. 24, 1927 in Carrier Mills, he was the son of John and Dimple (Rains) Warfield.
A very active businessman in Salem, he was president of Warfield Oil Co. and Warfield-Beeson Tire Inc. After graduating Harrisburg Township High School in 1945, he entered the United States Army, serving in World War II.
On his return, he met his wife Jean Davis, the love of his life. He married her on Aug. 9, 1951 in Cypress and she preceded him in death on Jan. 29, 2006.
Jimmie started working for First Bank in Mount Vernon, followed by employment at Gulf Oil Co. In 1954, his uncle Earl Warfield established Warfield Oil Co. in Salem. When in 1957 Earl started up the Community State Bank, Jimmie and Jean bought Warfield Oil Co. and moved to Salem, where he lived until his death.
He was determined to do everything possible to help Salem prosper. He and business partner Billy Shinn purchased and donated to the city of Salem the property that is today Kinney Boulevard. He bought and invested in interstate property, owned the Salem Motel (now the location of the I-57 overpass), and invested in 29 Texaco gas stations until 1980, when they became Mobil Oil Co.
He held membership in the Masonic Lodge in Harrisburg, the Salem Shrine Club, Salem Elks Club, and the Mount Vernon AMVETS. He was also a former member of the Salem Country Club, the Salem Moose Lodge, the Salem Lions Club and served as a Salem police commissioner for 27 years. He was of the Christian faith and attended Salem Lutheran Church.
Surviving are his daughters, Kimberlee (Roger) Reynolds and Kellee Bolton, both of Salem; grandchildren Capt. Aaron Bolton (wife Dr. Rayla Bolton) of Salem, stationed in England, Ashley Bolton of Salem and Ty and Madison Reynolds of Salem. Also surviving are bonus grandchildren Nicholas Reynolds (friend Abby Wilson) of Salem, Morgan Reynolds (fiance Charlie Pennington) of Salem; and great-grandson Kasen Harris of Salem.
Also left to mourn his passing is a special niece, Gayla (Jim) Gaston and nephew Mike Davis, both of Salem; Brenda (Bill) Rendleman of Mount Vernon, Linda (Mel) Bickel of Collinsville and Cindy (Steve) Brady of Arkansas; a cousin, Raymond (Alice) Warfield of Crystal Lake; many great- and great-great-nieces and nephews; and his special caregiver, Polly Tolliver of Salem.
In addition to his wife and parents, Jimmie was preceded in death by his sister, Ollie Belle Ridley, on Nov. 21, 2020.
Jimmie was cremated at his request, The family invites you to gather with them for a time of visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 19 at the Sutherland-Rankin Funeral Home, 310 N. Broadway, in Salem. A memorial service will begin at 7 p.m.
Burial with full military honors by the Salem American Legion Post No. 128 will take place at a later date in East Lawn Cemetery, with Trent Ice officiating. It is important for those attending to wear a mask, and respect social distancing in accordance with the CDC and state of Illinois Phase 4 Revitalization guidelines.
The family suggests that memorials in Jimmie’s honor be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children. They will be accepted by the Sutherland-Rankin Funeral Home, which is entrusted with the family’s care. Online condolences may be made at sutherlandfuneralhome.com.