September 14, 1917 ~ October 13, 2000

Born in: Durham, NC,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Rev. James Claiborne Lynn, Sr., 83, of 14 Ridgeway Drive, Asheville, died Friday, October 13, 2000, at the VA Medical Center.

Rev. Lynn was a native of Durham Co. and had lived in Buncombe County for 30 years. He was the son of the late Claude C. and Della A. Hutchins Lynn. He was a graduate of Free Will Baptist Bible College and served in the Army during WW II in three major battles under General Patton. He was a retired Free Will Baptist Minister of fifty years and was a member of Cedar Hill Free Will Baptist Church.

Mr. Lynn was a member of the Buncombe County Veterans Council Memorial Team where he served as chaplain and held the rank of major.

Surviving are his wife, Emma G. Lynn; two sons, James C. Lynn, Jr. of Reelsboro, NC and Norman E. Lynn of Wilson, NC; five brothers, George R. Lynn of Hampton, VA, Franklin R. Lynn of Durham, Victor Lynn of Raleigh, C.C. Lynn, Jr., of Durham, and David Lynn of Orlando, FL; one sister, Juanita Mullins of Durham; and two grandsons, Tony R. Lynn of Indiana and Jeffrey W. Lynn of Asheville; one granddaughter, Deneen L. Pittman and six great-grandchildren, Cristan Pittman and Clay Pittman of Candler, Susan Lynn, Jessica Lynn, and Josh Lynn of Indiana and Jennifer Lynn of New Bern.

Funeral services will be at 4:00 pm Sunday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Revs. Elisha Fish and Brian Bishop officiating. Military rites will be provided by the Buncombe County Veterans Council Memorial Team at 10:00 am Monday at the WNC State Veterans Cemetery, Black Mountain.

His family will receive friends from 3 - 4 pm Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the VFW Post 3040, 16 Allen Street, Asheville, NC 28806, or to the Cedar Hill Free Will Baptist Church Building Fund, Cedar Hill Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

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  1. Jim will be missed by all. He was such a gentle and compassionate soul. May he rest in the loving arms of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

  2. I admired and respected Preacher Lynn. I had the pleasure of knowing him for many years when I attended Cedar Hill FWB Church. I offer my deepest sympathy.


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