James Ernest Towe Sr.

Wednesday, November 2, 1921 - Monday, March 11, 2019

Dedicated to God, Family, and Country

Photo of James Ernest Towe Sr. - 1921-2019

Candler- James Ernest Towe, Sr., age 97, a man who held a strong Christian faith, a man who loved his family and a man who served his country with pride and honor, entered into his eternal heavenly home, Monday, March 11, 2019.

Mr. Towe was born November 2, 1921 in Haywood County to the late Vernon Fred Towe and the late Ethel Hendrix Towe.  James was blessed to grow up surrounded by a large wonderful family and the happy times that he shared with his sisters and brothers were treasured memories. Mr. Towe was a United States Navy Veteran of World II, serving on the USS Logan, a Haskell –class attack transport.  During his military deployment Mr. Towe witnessed the raising of the United States Flag atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima. This was indeed a special patriotic moment that he held in his heart throughout his lifetime.  He was a faithful employee of Champion International and retired in 1976 with 35 years of service.  His dedication to his Lord and Saviour was an important part of Mr. Towe’s life.  He was a cherished active member of Mountain View Church of God in Canton, where he sang in the church choir and loved to lift his voice in praise. Mission trips to Peru with the late Pastor Herman Toney brought great joy into his life and the many people whose lives he touched were never forgotten.  Before his membership with Mountain View Church of God Mr. Towe had belonged to Candler Hill Street Church of God and had also served as the church clerk. James was a man who enjoyed the outdoors and the mountains where he was born and raised.  Often he could be found working in his garden, taking a relaxing walk or going on a camping trip.  During the winter season, Florida became Mr. Towe’s second home where he made many valued friendships. Everyone who knew James loved him and he never met a stranger.  He always took time to share a friendly word and to try to brighten someone’s day.  James Ernest Towe, Sr. was a beloved husband, a loving father and grandfather, a special brother and a dear friend to everyone.  We give thanks for his life on this earth and we have peace in our hearts knowing he is now in his glorious home in Heaven.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Mae Hill Towe who passed away in 2012; a grandson, Randy Hannah; a son-in-law, Gene Moore; six sisters and four brothers.

Surviving are his children, Judy Wheeler Moore of Candler, Barbara Hannah and her husband, Harold of Candler, Ernie Towe and his wife, Sheila of Salem, SC  and Jerry Towe and his wife, Linda of Canton; grandchildren, Jimmy Wyatt and his wife, Lou Ann, Cathy Welch, Terry Hannah and his wife, Kelly ; a granddaughter –in-law, Jennifer Hannah , Tammy Towe, Angie Elliott and her husband, Andy, James Carroll Towe and his wife, Lesa  and Brook Towe Jones; great- grandchildren, Ashley, Kyle and his wife, Megan, Kale, Macey, Connor, Garrett, Amber, Tyler, Madison, Hunter, Dare, Kayson and her husband, Will and Jesson;  great-great-grandchildren , Rylee, Camryn and Kingsley ; a sister, Betty Burrell of Canton and many dear friends.

The funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Mountain View Church of God. Pastor Mike Hicks will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the church from 12:30 until 2:00 pm prior to the funeral service. Burial with military honors will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Candler. Grandsons and great-grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made in Mr. Towe’s memory to Mountain View Church of God, Mission Feeding Stations in Peru, 4000 Pisgah Drive, Canton, NC 28716.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Towe family.

Condolences from family and friends


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My condolences to family
Melinda Moran
I will miss my gardening buddy. I will miss sitting under his tree in the backyard and discussing the Bible and politics. He is in heaven now with my Dan. I am honored I got to know him and spend time with him and listen to his stories. The family will be in my thoughts and prayers. We will see him soon.
Alice Barnes
A terrific tribute to a man that was everything his obituary said he was. He was a role model in my life. I have memories of Jim that I will never forget. There is a Christmas movie that says it best for my uncle, It’s a Wonderful Life. So he moves on to the Greatest Life of all, Heaven. Praise the Lord!
Tony and Leslie Robinson
Mr Towe will always be a special person to me he was a very kind and loving person praying for the family
Erica Hipps Bailey
We are so sad to hear about James. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Mike and Gail Burrell
So sorry to hear about Mr. Towe, with sympathy...
Kent Dorsey
My prayers and sympathy to the family. I always enjoyed talking with him. He was always so nice and pleasant and a fine example of a Christian man,
Sandra Bowers
Our deepest sympathy to your family. Mr. Towe was one fine man and such a special man. He always made me smile. We will be happy to see him again one day in Heaven!
Kenny, Carla, Lauren and Brooke Elliott