James Leonard Layton Jr.
September 17, 1954 – December 14, 2020
James Leonard Layton Jr., beloved son of the late Jean Ida Layton (nee Simmons) and the late James Leonard Layton, Sr., and beloved brother of Mary Layton Porbeck, passed away Monday, December 14, 2020.
Although blind himself, Jim was able to help other blind people through his work as a board operator at Radio Information Service for the blind at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. Jim continued his work when RIS later became MindsEye Radio.
A devoted Christian, Jim grew up in Union United Methodist Church in St. Louis, and later became a member of Prospect Park United Methodist Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois. Jim lived and worked in Belleville and Fairview Heights, Illinois for many years. He always strived to be independent, and was interested in the world around him. He enjoyed listening to old time radio and audio books, and closely followed politics and sports.
Donations to Jim's church or MindsEye Radio are appreciated. Prospect Park UMC 9300 Richfield Rd. Fairview Heights, Illinois 62208 or MindsEye Radio 9541 Church Circle Drive Belleville, Illinois 62223-1000
All services private, but please leave a message of condolence or share a memory of James with his family at the "Add a Memory" link below.
James Leonard Layton Jr.
March 13, 2021
I worked with Jim at Mindseye. He was so faithful to his work. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. He always made me smile or laugh. My best memory I hold dear to my heart is when I told him I had cancer. He said, “Come here,” and he placed his hands on my shoulders and prayed for me. I know Jim knew The Lord, and he is now in the Presence of God. I am saying a prayer for all who love this man. May God give you the comfort and peace that only He can provide. I am blessed to have worked with you, Jim. See you later, my friend in Jesus.
January 2, 2021
While I didn't attend Bayless Schools, I met Jim at St. Louis Community College Meramec campus when we were both freshmen. Jim sung in the campus choir so hung out with those of us who were in the music department.
As an honorary member of the Bayless Senior High Memorial Page on Facebook, I noticed that one of the members noted Jim's sense of humor and his imitation of Howard Cosell. I added that he also imitated Hubert Humphrey, both imitations were soooo close, always made me and fellow students laugh.
December 18, 2020
I've had the honor and pleasure of volunteering at Minds Eye since 1992. Most of those feelings came from getting to know and work with Jim. He had incredible patience in training me on the process and equipment. We talked about the craziness of the world and how our poor Cubbies were doing. (Imagine our delight when they finally did it in 2016.) I looked forward to driving over from St. Louis to volunteer and to talk with him. It was one of my favorite days of every month. It's hard to imagine our world without him. I'm very fortunate that our paths crossed. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends. He was a very unique and special person!
December 17, 2020
Jim worked w/me weekends at Minds Eye. We worked a lot of holidays and he would always bring a little something (cookies or snacks) to give me at the radio station. We would solve the problems of the world, talk about the news and Cards/Cubs. He had a dry sense of humor but a good heart. I will miss our phone calls and figuring out how to get all the shows put together in a short amount of time. I miss you already, Jim.