He was born Nov. 23, 1927, in Danville to Vernon and Dorothy Miller Stuart. He married Margery Farmer on Oct. 4, 1952. She survives.
Also surviving are two sons, David C. (Debi) Stuart of Silver Spring, Md., and Sam (Cheri) Stuart of Champaign; two daughters, Laura E. (Keith) Youngquist of Mount Prospect and Jeanne E. (Rod) Pierce of Danvers; and seven grandchildren, Max Youngquist, Harmony Youngquist, Britney Stuart, Ashley and Haley Stuart, Alex Pierce and Samantha Pierce.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
While serving his country during World War II, James was stationed on a U.S. Hospital Ship in the Pacific named "Hope." Following his military service, he graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Accounting.
James went on to work as an accountant from 1951 to 2003, working first at Kesler and Co., and then at Daughhetee & Parks PC.
He was a 32nd degree Mason with the Olive Branch Lodge in Danville and a member of the Scottish Rite. James was also a member of the American Legion Post No. 210. He was involved with the Red Mask Players both on and off the stage, serving as both former president and treasurer. James had also served as the treasurer for the Danville Arts Council.
A service to celebrate the life of James Stuart will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, A Life Celebration Home, in Danville. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Danville. Pastor Randy Robinson will officiate. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. prior to the services on Friday, also at Sunset in Danville. Memorials may be made to St. James United Methodist Church.
Please join James' family in sharing memories, photos and video of his life through his tribute wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.