Joe Major

Joe James


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


Funeral Home

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

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