January 26, 1932 ~ April 19, 2011

Born in: Erwin, TN,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Asheville ~ God reached his powerful hands through the clouds of Glory on the wonderful and beautiful day of April 19, 2011 and said to James Edward Fender Sr., 79, "you have been a wonderful and faithful soldier and your work on Earth is completed so come home now and join the Golden Army of God". James Fender was born on January 26, 1932 in Erwin, TN. He was a farmer until joining the US Navy in 1948 and serving until 1950. While in the Navy, he received the China Service Medal while serving aboard the USS Pasadena (CL-65). He was a charter member of Skyland First Baptist Church and served as chairman of the Deacon Board. During his early years of farming, he worked for Biltmore Dairy Farm, but went on to retire as a salesman and pawnbroker. He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Lee Butler Fender; his father, Gaither Fender; his mother, Rebecca Tipton Fender and two brothers, Charles and Harold Fender. Mr. Fender is survived by three sons, James Edward Fender Jr. and his wife, Jo Eleanor of Marion, Ricky Eugene Fender of Asheville and Mickey Charles Fender and his wife, Donna, of Hendersonville; three brothers, Ted Fender and his wife, Faye, of Hampton, TN, Levi Fender and his wife, Joyce, of Leicester and Wayne Fender and his wife, Jean, of Fletcher; a sister, Ima Jean Wilson of Fletcher as well as two grandsons, three granddaughters, nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, April 22, 2011 at Skyland First Baptist Church and will be officiated by Reverend David Honeycutt and Dr. Carl Mintz. Interment will follow at New Salem Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian and at other times will be at the family home, located at 7 Edgewood Road South in Asheville. Memorials may be made in Mr. Fender's name to the Elizabeth House, 581 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731 or to the Skyland First Baptist Church Building Fund, 2115 Hendersonville Road, PO Box 278, Skyland, NC 28776.

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  1. Mickey, Rickey and Eddie,
    I love you all today as much as I ever have. You are forever part of my heart, as is Papaw. I know you and the rest of the family will miss Papaw a lot. Please know my thoughts are with you now and always.
    Debra

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  2. Dear Family: You are in my thoughts and prayers with the passing of James. It seems the thing I most remember is the smile it seems he was always smiling. We know he is safe at home with our Lord and his family and friends who he has been longing to see. May the good Lord wrap his loving arms aroung each and every one of you. You will miss his presence here on earth but glorify his presence with the Lord.
    Love to All
    Theresa

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  3. Kim,Mariah,Mckenzie and I relay our deepest sympathy and condolences to all of the Fender family. Our Great Uncle James Senior was an inspiration to all he touched. We will miss him yet knowing he is home with Jesus gives us comfort. God Bless.

    Eddie,Jo we love you.

    Your Florida Family

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  4. Eddie, Rick, Mickey, and Sonny, We are so sorry to hear about your dad and papaw. Please know you’re all in our thoughts. May you find comfort in the memories you cherish. Love to you all.

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  5. To the Family of James Fender, Sr.
    Our deepest sympathy and prayers for the loss of your precious love one. Our thoughts are with you.
    Jimmie and Shirley Fender

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  6. At peace with God now Mr. Fender, you will be sadly missed here on earth, it is hard for all of us to give up the flesh. Your spirit is now with your wife and God. Thanks for sharing your talents with us. God be with your family, until we meet on the other side.

    Don & Shirley

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  7. I USE TO TAKE CARE OF MR.FENDER WHEN HE WAS AT THE OAKS. I USE TO MAKE SURE HE HAD HE COFFEE EVERYDAY.HE HAD A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART. I WAS OFF THE DAY HE WENT HOME AND WHEN I CAME BACK TO WORK I WAS SADDENED BECAUSE I DIDNT GET TO SAY GOODBYE AND IT BREAKS MY HEART EVEN MORE TO KNOW THAT HES MOVED ON TO HEAVEN AND I RALLY DIDNT GET TO.

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  8. MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE FAMILY. MY GOD BE WITH YOU AND KEEP YOU IN YOUR TIME OF NEED. HE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.

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  9. Please know you are in our thoughts in prayers through this difficult time.

    We pray that the Lord will comfort and keep you through the healing process.

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