James Lafferty

East Alton | Sunday, December 23 2012

James Lafferty, 80, passed away on Sunday December 23, 2012, at 4:45pm at his residence with his family by his side.

He was born in Brighton, IL on April 8, 1932 the daughter of the late Harry and Nellie (Brown) Lafferty.

On November 5, 1954 James married Anna Emery in Alton, Il. She preceded him in death on June 4, 2012.


He served his country in the Navy during the Korean War and was a member of the VFW. His true passion was racing, as he was an avid racecar fan as well as a racer at local race tracks.

He is survived by, three daughters and their spouses; Vicki and Merle Neely of Girard, Il, Julie and Rick Hearn of Gillespie, Il, and Renee’ and Darin Roady of Alton, Il, three sons; James Lafferty Jr. of Carlinville, Il. Chris and his spouse Ronna Lafferty of E. Alton, Il, and Rick Lafferty of E. Alton, Il, ten grandchildren, and two great grandchildren, two brothers, William “Bill” Lafferty, of East Alton, and Harold “Joe” Lafferty, of Brighton; and many nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one son; Billy Lafferty, and two grandchildren; Paul and Brandy Neely; a sister, Alice Lafferty; and a brother, Charles “Corky” Lafferty.

Per his wishes cremation rites will be accorded.

Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Alton are in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be directed to St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Online condolences and guest book may be found at

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Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home

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