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James Earp

December 24, 1959 June 20, 2019
James Earp
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James R. Earp, 59, of Peoria passed away on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was born December 24, 1959 in Peoria to Wayne and Shirley Swanson Earp. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, David Earp. He is survived by his nephews and niece, Jace Earp, Angie Earp, Brian Johnson; and devoted companion, Tracy Wolford. A talented musician with both guitar and saxophone, Jimmy shared his talents as a member in many bands throughout the years in Peoria, and throughout the U.S. and Canada. A staple in the Peoria music scene, his passion for music and laughter served as an inspiration to many. Since opening Earp’s Hideaway in 2000, Jimmy found a home base to share live music and provide a stage for other bands to share theirs. Jimmy’s personality was larger than life, and his laughter contagious. His rowdy, animated story telling, and no holds barred manner of cracking jokes could quickly fill any room with laughter. He will be remembered for the fiercely loyal, loving, and entertaining man that he was in life. Cremation has been accorded. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2019 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Earp’s Hideaway and a memorial visitation will be held on Monday, July 1, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Abts Mortuary in Pekin, IL.

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