James Willis Beatty, 76, of Alton passed away at 12:50 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, at Alton Memorial Hospital.
He was born in Alton on June 16, 1938, the son of the late Willis and Eva Marie (Kiedel) Beatty.
He married Anita S. Flynn on June 21, 1958. She preceded him in death.
James was an insurance agent for Prudential Insurance in Alton. His grandchildren were his hobby and his greatest joy. He enjoyed fishing and investments.
He is survived by four sons, Jeff Beatty of Wood River, Mark (Sabra) Beatty of Bethalto, Mike Beatty of Fosterburg, and Bob Beatty of Wood River; one daughter, Kathy (Richard) Woods of Brighton; two sisters, Marlene Carlson of Quincy and Julia (Dan) Brawley of Granite City; one brother, David (Carolyn) Beatty of Alton; six grandchildren, Michael Beatty, Danielle (Nick) Wetzel, Matthew Beatty, Benjamin Beatty, Drew (Stacia) Woods and Adam (Rachel) Woods; and five great-grandchildren, Brayden and Liam Wetzel, Alex, Cameron, and Casey Woods.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Kit Carlson.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, at Elias, Kallal, and Schaaf Funeral Home in Godfrey.
Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, at the funeral home.
Burial will follow at Valhalla Memorial Park in Godfrey.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Godfrey is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences and guestbook may be found at www.eliaskallalandschaaf.com.