Joe Major

Joe James

Major

Asheville - Joe James Major, 83, of Asheville, died on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, at the Memorial Campus of Mission Hospitals.

Mr. Major was a son of the late Ira Earl and Isabel Lunsford Major. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Mary J. Bass Major, who died in 1994, and by a sister, Mary Pepita Major Robertson.

Mr. Major had attended the Unitarian Universalist Church and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Mr. Major is survived by his sister, Teresa Major White; his daughters, Cecelia Pace and husband Dewey, and Gloria Hembree and husband Ivan; grandchildren, Mitchel Pace, Shelbi Pace and Avery Pace, and Roxanna Hembree, Nicholas Hembree and fiancée, Christion Belger, and Ivan Hembree, II; great-grandchildren, Ivory and Chloe; a number of special nieces and nephews; and his dear friend, Ellen Wells.

A memorial service for Mr. Major will be held on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at the Groce Funeral Home chapel on Patton Ave. His family will receive friends following the service.

The online register may be signed at www.grocefuneralhome.com.

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Funeral Home

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
1401 Patton Avenue Asheville, NC 28806
(828) 252-3535

Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Jan. 18, 2013