James A. Minton, 81, passed away peacefully in his home on Callawassie Island, South Carolina surrounded by his family on August 3, 2022. As a beloved husband, father, brother and friend, he impacted many lives and will be sorely missed and remembered fondly. Jim is survived by his wife of 57 years, Pam Gilbert Minton, his three children Jim Minton, Scott Minton, and Debbie Erdmann (Ken), his two sisters Suzanne Bell and Glenda Farlander, his loving grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and their spouses. \n\nJim was born December 13, 1940 and grew up in St Anne, Illinois. He graduated from St Anne High School in 1959 where he was a three-sport athlete and trombone player in the drum & bugle corps. He then received undergraduate and Masters degrees from Southern Illinois University where he was co-Captain of the football team and President of the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity. It was around this time he was fortunate to meet his eventual wife Pam Gilbert, who was Miss Illinois of 1962. They married in 1965 in Carbondale, Illinois.\n\nJim had a long and successful career in the power transmission industry, beginning at BorgWarner and spending his last 28 working years at Lovejoy, Inc in Downers Grove, Illinois where he was VP of Sales. He won the P.T.D.A. Warren Pike Award in 1999. Through his work he was able to travel the world and develop life-long friends along the way.\n\nIn 2003, Jim and Pam retired to Callawassie Island, a golf community in South Carolina near Hilton Head Island. He and his wife became very active in the community through golf, theatre and social events. Both were also members of the 1960's cover band Artificially Hip, where Jim played rhythm guitar and harmonica and Pam was a back-up singer. \n\nThose who knew Jim knew him as a dedicated, hard-working, fun-loving family man with a crooked finger, a love for music, boating, sports and an occasional glass of scotch. Our family very much appreciates the tremendous outpouring of support from those in his life. If all is right with the universe, Jim is surely smiling down at friends and family, strumming his ukulele in the sky.\nA celebration of life will be held at Callawassie Island Club (22 Club House Drive, Okatie, SC 29909) on September 23, 2022 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.\nMemorial donations can be made honoring Jim to:\n\nFriends of Callawassie: www.friendsofcallawassieisland.org\n\nAmedisys Foundation: www.amedisys.com/about/foundation/\n\nAmyloidosis Foundation: https://amyloidosis.org/\nArrangements have been respectfully handled by Anderson Funeral Home in Beaufort, South Carolina.