Rev. Robert Earl James, Sr.
Lake Junaluska- During the peaceful morning hours of Monday, July 30, 2018, Reverend Robert Earl James, Sr., age 87, passed away and entered into his eternal heavenly home.
Robert was born June 3, 1931 in Florence, South Carolina to the late Franklin Earl James and the late Alice Cain James. He was a graduate of Wofford College and continued his education at Duke University where he received his Master of Divinity. Reverend James served many appointments throughout the state of South Carolina as a United Methodist Church Minister for 41 dedicated years. Following his retirement, he had made his home at Lake Junaluska with his loving wife, Jacqueline for the past 20 years. Robert was indeed a man who has touched the lives of many and will forever remain in the hearts of those blessed to know and love him.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, William David James.
Surviving are his devoted wife, Jacqueline Harper James of Lake Junaluska; a daughter, Rebecca Roberts (Mark) of Trenton, South Carolina; a son, Robert E. James, Jr. of North Augusta, South Carolina; a granddaughter, Harper James of North Augusta, South Carolina ; brothers, Dr. William Stanford James of Union,South Carolina and his family and Joseph Nevell James and his family of Florence, South Carolina.
A memorial service for Reverend James will be held at a later date.
The family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude to the staff of Autumn Care of Waynesville for the kindness and loving care given to Robert and the entire family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Waynesville, 566 South Haywood Street, Waynesville, NC 28786 or to the Lake Junaluska Assembly, Office of Development, PO Box 67, Lake Junaluska, NC 28745.
Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the James family and words of comfort may be shared at www.crawfordray.com