James E. Webb, 83, passed away Tuesday, November 7, 2017, following a lengthy illness at the Tucker Hospice House in Kannapolis, surrounded by his children.
Born in Asheville, Mr. Webb was a son of the late James Ernest and Nellie Creasman Webb. Jim was married for 61 years to Jeanne Bryan Webb, who died September 20 of this year. He was also preceded in death by siblings, Fred Baker and Sybil Baker Vess.
Mr. Webb was a 1952 graduate of Swannanoa High School and a 1956 graduate of NC State University. He married Jeanne Bryan in 1956, and they enjoyed his 33 year career with the US Forest Service, during which he and his family lived in many places across the country, including Montana and Alaska. Jim started his career as a Forester on the Croatan National Forest and retired as an Associate Deputy Chief of the US Forest Service in Washington, DC. Following his retirement from the Federal Government, he and Jeanne returned to the mountains they loved and grew up in.
His passion of trees and plants was evident throughout his daily life. He volunteered for many projects in the Asheville area, such as work on the Highway 74 Scenic Highway Beautification Project, landscaped the Fairview Library, worked on projects for Pisgah National Forest, and served as a board member at the NC Arboretum, and lead guided tree identification walks there.
Jim’s interests also included gardening, military history, sports, and hiking. He loved going on extended RV camping trips out west with his wife and family.
He is survived by daughters, Rebecca Webb Becker (Kurt) and Julia Webb Bradley (James); son, Paul Bryan Webb (Mary); grandchildren, Ryan Fitzgerald (Jamie), Ellie Fitzgerald, Signe Becker, Simone Becker, Sven Becker, Sarah Bradley, Jake Bradley, Bryan Bradley and Myah Webb; a great-granddaughter, Nella Fitzgerald; and a sister, Martha Webb Cochran.
A memorial service will be at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, November 12, in the Tunnel Road chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Rev. Sallyanne McVay officiating.
The family will greet friends at the funeral home immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The North Carolina Arboretum Society, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806.