James B. West, Jr.

james west, jr.
James B. West, Jr., 60, of Asheville, died Monday, December 14, 2015. He was a son of Esther Rice Johnson and of the late James B. West, Sr. Surviving in addition to his mother and stepfather, Carl Johnson, is his best friend, Ralph Hayes; sisters Vicki Johnson and Rene Meadows; brothers, Ronnie West and Jackie West; and beloved nephews and nieces. Funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday in the Patton Ave. chapel of Groce Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dean Rice officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. Interment will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday at Green Hills Cemetery.

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  1. May the Lord wrap His loving arms around you during this time. He is hope, comfort, and love…rest in Him!!! Love you guys! Rhonda

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with the family.I used to follow Jackie and Jimmy wh we need they were the Foundation Quartet.Great friends.Carolyn Messer Trull and my mom they called her ‘ poochie’.

  3. I will miss you so much. I’m still in shock. My heart’s just not getting it. I want to wake up from this bad dream. I’ll see you in heaven my sweet sweet friend.
    To Jim’s family, I am so so very sorry. I pray for God’s comfort and peace for all of you.

  4. I am so sorry for your loss. Jim was such a fun and funny guy. He taught me how to pairs dance and how to bartend at Asheville Country Club. He and Ralph were my good friends and protectors. Thank you Jim for all the memories.

  5. Sadly missed but never forgotten. I have great memories from our childhood days that are priceless. God bless!

  6. So sorry for your loss, him & family lived just above us when they were young. He was always such a good guy! He will be missed.

  7. Jimmy may you rest in peace, you all ways made me laugh and smile . Heaven just gain a wonderful angle !! My heart is hurting for your mother brothers & sisters ,nieces & nephews .You will be missed by all till we meet again one day in heaven.

  8. Jimmy may you rest in peace, you all ways made me laugh and smile . Heaven just gain a wonderful angle !! My heart is hurting for your mother brothers & sisters ,nieces & nephews .You will be missed by all till we meet again one day in heaven.

  9. Sorry about your loss of Jimmy. We all had lots of good times singing and good fellowship. We are praying for the family.

  10. I am so sad to hear about Jimmy. We have lots of great childhood memories playing with ‘the West kids’ down on Tremont Street. Rest in peace, my friend!

  11. I am so sorry for all the family, So unexpected and happened so suddenly. I send my sympathies to Esther, Vicki, Rene, Ronnie and Jackie and the rest of the family of Jimmy.

  12. To the family of the man I know as Uncle Jimmy. He loved his niece Connie and great nephew Zackary to the depths of his soul. When you get to heaven hug my so for me….. Will pray for the family and momma Vicki

  13. Esther I am So sorry for your loss….you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers…love you Esther!!

  14. Esther I am very sad to hear of your loss.. I am praying for you and your entire family..and you are in my thoughts.. Love you very much!

  15. I can’t believe Jimmy is no longer with us. My heart goes out to the family and to Ralph. Jimmy was my best buddy and will always be my best buddy. Prayers to his family and friends.

  16. To the family, we are so sorry, praying that GOD will give you the peace and comfort that only HE can give. Robert & Susie Raines

  17. Our prayers are with you . We are so sorry for your loss . Jimmy was one of the good guys .
    James and Jewell Woods

  18. Jimmy,
    I have always loved you so much. You are a friend beyond measure. You have a wonderful family and knowing you is one of the highest highlights in my life. I am going to miss you terribly. Even though we didn’t see each other for a long time, seeing you at Duncan was so wonderful!!! Love you with all my heart!!!!

  19. Esther i am so sorry for your loss. I pray God will wrap his arm’s around you all & whisper sweet peace & comfort to you during this time….God Bless you..Love you much !!!

  20. Iam so sorry to hear about Jimmy passing he was a good man .are love gone with u. . love Danny & Glenda (Ogle) we just found out Jimmy

  21. I knew Jimmy most of my life. He was my sweetheart for much of my young life. He was the best man I knew and we remained friends always. I know he is with Jesus now and we will see him again. I pray that God brings comfort to your hearts. I love you all.

  22. We are so sorry to hear about Jimmy’s death. I have lots of good memories of all of us playing on Tremont Street.
    Love y’all, Roger and Diane Boone

  23. So saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. My condolences and prayers to his family and to my friend, Ralph.

  24. With a broken heart I want to say Jimmy ILove You. My brother ,friend, our rock and my protector. This work lost one of the most generous ,caring,loving person that I know. My brother my life was made so much better by you being in it. For now I say good-bye until we are united again.

  25. One of the nicest people I ever knew has gone home. played a mean piano. Anytime I asked him to play for me he would. Missed him when I left Midway. Never met another person like him. Esther you did a fantastic job and I know he will be waiting in Heaven for you and me and we’ll sing together again someday. Remember when he gave the Bassett named Doodles with the backward feet. Oh the memories.

  26. Sorry for your loss of a loved one. Although I didn’t personally know Jim, this family is very special. Prayers to you all

  27. Esther and family I am so sorry for your loss of a very special loved one. Esther is just like a mother to me , I have known Esther and worked with her for 20 years.she always was so happy when all her family would get together for special occasions. Esther loves all her children so much she would just light up when talking about all there get togethers. My heart aches for you Esther’to lose a child is something no one would ever know how it is unless they have been through this sad time. With Esther’s faith she knows this is just a temporary separation from Jimmy. Jimmy came by his mothers work on her birthday Dec1 and brought her the most beautiful flowers and a cake , and Esther was so excited to take him around and show him and her gifts to everyone.The special love of a mother beemed through her smile. I love you Esther you are a very special friend and I love all your family. My prayers are with each and everyone of you let me know if I can do anything. I miss you at work but you rest Esther and I will see you when you get back’
    Love, Yvonne Higgins

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