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James A. Jolly

February 23, 1939 ~ October 1, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old

James Jolly Obituary

James A. Jolly, 84, of Overbrook, KS passed away Sunday, October 1, 2023 at Stormont-Vail in Topeka, KS surrounded by family, from injuries suffered in tractor accident.

He was born February 23, 1939 in Burlingame, KS the son of James and Edna (True) Jolly.  He graduated from Overbrook High School with the Class of 1957.  He attended Washburn University in Topeka, KS. 

He was united in marriage to Martha L. Albright on December 27, 1958 at the Highland Park Methodist Church in Topeka, KS.  They shared over sixty-four years of marriage. 

James was a mechanical and electrical engineer.  He worked for United Telephone Company in Overbrook, KS; Goodyear Tire and Rubber in Topeka, KS; Burgess Latimer and Miller Engineering in Topeka, KS; Burgess Engineering in Topeka, KS; Young’s Plumbing in Topeka, KS; Northbrook Lumber Company in Overbrook, KS until he became self-employed building houses and drawing up plans.   

James was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Overbrook, KS and was a Past-President of the Overbrook Jaycees.  He enjoyed coaching baseball and softball teams for his children; farming; fishing; hunting; golfing; playing cards and dominos; searching for morel mushrooms.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Anita Jolly-Maichel; a great-granddaughter, Brileigh Jess Jolly; sisters Melissa Rowe, Eva Avery, Amy Ferris, and Wilma Jolly; and brothers, Merle, Ted, Harold and William Burgess; Bob Wilson and Everett Jolly.

Survivors include his wife, Martha L. Jolly of the home; children David Jolly (Marlene) Ozawkie, KS, Richard Jolly (Terie) Carbondale, KS, Lisa Jolly (Joe Greene) Carbondale, KS, James E. Jolly (Misty Short) Overbrook, KS, Bruce Jolly, Wichita, KS; brothers, Gene Burgess, Burlingame, KS and Marion Burgess, Lindale, Texas;  grandchildren, Jason Jolly, Brian Jolly (Lyndsi), Kristi Shelton (Mike Higgins), Lori McCain (Chris), Jacob Jolly (Mallory), Morgan Jolly (Adam Smith), Trenten Ditty, Melissa Jolly-Breithaupt (Jacob), Monica Traphagan (Auston), Savannah and Emileigh Short; great-grandchildren, Braxton, Kynleigh, Adym, Haley (Avontae), Austin, Cody, Blake, Shelbie, Madie, Hayden, Maelyn, Emmett, Noah, Tyler and Wyatt; and a great-great granddaughter, Carsen; numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday October 29th from 2-5pm at the Overbrook Public Library, 317 Maple Street, Overbrook, KS.Memorial contributions may be made to Santa Fe Trail Athletic Fund or OCFD #4 EMS and sent in c/o Lamb-Roberts-Price Funeral Home, P.O. Box 268, Overbrook, KS 66524.  Condolences may be sent to the family through

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Celebration of Life
October 29, 2023

2:00 PM
Overbrook Library
317 Maple
Overbrook, KS 66524


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