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James Edward Saulsberry Sr.

James Edward Saulsberry, Sr. 86, of Lincoln, passed away Thursday, June 30, 2016 at his home, surrounded by his family.

James was born December 2, 1929, in Dunham, Kentucky to Joseph and Mary B. (Blanton) Saulsberry. He loved the Chicago Cubs and was hoping to see them finally win the World Series this year. James was fondly known by his children as “Sparky”.

He is survived by three children, James Saulsberry, Jr. of Mt. Pulaski, Michael (Jill) Saulsberry of Woodbridge, Connecticut and Pamela (Santos) Zayas of Mt. Pulaski; four grandchildren, Stasha (Steven) Brown, James (Brittany) Saulsberry, Alejandro Zayas and Leah Saulsberry; one brother, Frank (Dottie) Saulsberry of Knoxville, Tennessee and one sister, Glenda Obzut of Taylorville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and three sisters.

Honoring James Saulsberry’s wishes cremation services will be provided by Graceland/Fairlawn Crematory. The family will provide a memorial graveside service at a later date. Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

The family of James Saulsberry, Sr. is being served by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Avenue, Decatur, IL. View the online obituary and send condolences to the family at