James Ernest McMahan, 51, of Asheville, died on Monday, October 12, 2015, at his residence. A native of Yancey Co., Mr. McMahan was a son of Hubert and Shelba Jean Howell McMahan. He was preceded in death by his brother, Michael McMahan, and nephew, David McMahan. Mr. McMahan worked in auto repair and painting for 36 years, and he loved every second of it. In his time away from work, he enjoyed motorcycles and trucks, working in the yard, camping, going to rodeos, and going to Garden City, Myrtle Beach for the seafood. Mr. McMahan had attended Gashes Creek Baptist Church. He was everybody's go-to guy. Whether it was a co-worker, a neighbor, a friend, or a family member, they knew they could call James and he could help with any problem. He was especially helpful to his mother and father and made sure they were always taken care of. In addition to his parents, Mr. McMahan is survived by his wife, Tonya Buckner McMahan; sons, Brenden James McMahan and Tyler Ryan Buckner; sister, Sherry Carter and husband David; brothers, Tony McMahan and wife Debra and Gerald McMahan; niece, Tiffany Carter Collins and husband Joey; nephews, Chris McMahan, Joshua McMahan and wife Crystin, and Jonathan McMahan and wife Angie; a number of great-nieces and nephews; mother and father-in-laws, Janice and Johnny Littrell, and Tom and Susan Buckner; brother-in-law, Ryan Buckner and wife Sherri, and their children, Madison and Chase; Godson, Kason Charles Treadway; and his beloved cat, T-Tat. A funeral service for Mr. McMahan will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday at the Groce Funeral Home chapel on Patton Ave. with the Rev. Chuck Waldrup and Pastor Ed Jennings, of Gashes Creek Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will follow at Green Hills Cemetery. His family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home. Flowers are appreciated, or memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

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  1. James was a great guy, he had an contagious laugh and always was a good friend. It is very hurtful to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his family . We will be praying for all of you, and just know James will be missed. He left an everlasting smile on everyone’s hearts.

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  2. Tonya and family. I am so sorry for the loss of your best friend and husband. I will keep you in my prayers that God will surround in his love. I’m out of town and can’t be there but know I am praying for you

    Pam, Kirk and Emily Bottenhorn

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  3. We are so sorry and deeply sad to hear of James passing. Your family is like family to us. We love you all. You are definitely in our prayers. If you need anything please let us know. Love, Roger, Rena & Lewis, Randy, Boozer and Jr

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  4. Tonya and family, I am so sorry for your loss. It was a pleasure to work with James. He always went the extra mile to take care of our vehicles. He will be missed. Please know that your friends at Mission Fleet have you in our thoughts and prayers.

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  5. toyna, brenden and tyler and and family
    i am so sorry for the loss of james .he will surely be missed he was a great man and .and a great father.and husband . my prayers and my heart is with you at this of sorrow. i love james and he was always kind to me and every one and i loved him very much.
    with all my love
    sondra jarvis

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  6. Tonya, Hubert and Jean and the entire McMahan Family,

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Please let us know if there is anything we can do. We are so sad to hear about James. God Bless Each One of You.

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  7. I am so sorry for your loss. James was such a nice person and I know he will be greatly missed by all. My prayer’s are with your Family at this time of your loss and I know there are no words that can fill that empty hole in your hearts. May God Be With You As You Walk This Path. And I will be praying for you

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  8. TO THE FAMILY: JAMES WAS A GREAT FRIEND. VERY WELL LIKED BY ALL. WE ALL KNOW WE WILL SEE HIM AGAIN! VERY SORRY FOR THE LOSS, HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED!

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  9. I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. I will always remember dancing around the couch as a kid at yalls house! James was a great man and will truly be missed. Tonya, Brendan and Tyler…you will be in my prayers. Love u all.

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  10. We were sorry to hear of James passing away.Our thoughts and prayers are with you Tonya and family .We love you all .God Bless all of you .

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  11. Dear Tonya and family, Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We pray that God will hold you in His arms and comfort each of you in the days ahead. We offer our deepest condolences to James’ family and friends.
    Phillip and Joyce Dover Evans

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  12. Tonya, we are so sorry for your loss. Jeanne and David have shared with us what a special person James was! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  13. Sherry and family, We are so sorry for your loss. God bless all of you and may He give you comfort…Our prayers are with you and your family.

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  14. I am so sorry for your loss. James was a frequent visitor at my house as a young man playing football.A very close friend of my children,a member of my sons wedding.He was a person that could light up any room with his smiles.My prayers will be with you as the days go by…

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  15. Tonya, Hubert, Shelba and Family…. So sorry to hear of this great loss. It has always been a pleasure to work with your whole family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Love to all
    Kelly Lance

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  16. TONYA, MAC,TONY, AND FAMILY…. I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR LOSS…. I HAVE KNOW JAMES,AND YOUR FAMILY A LONG TIME.
    MY PRAYERS & THOUTHTS GO OUT TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME…

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  17. I’m so sorry for your loss, the entire McMahan family! You’re in my thoughts and prayers! I hope you will turn to God for comfort and peace in the coming days. I know James will be greatly missed !

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  18. We want to say that our thoughts and prayers are with you Brenden McMahan and James and the whole family Richard & Tracy Neeb

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  19. Words cannot describe how im feeling about James passing, He was a great Son, Father, Husband and friend to so many, Even thought we didn’t see each other much I still consider James to Be a best Friend he will be missed Greatly by All…..

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  20. Our prayers are with your family, James and I and Tonya have been friends for many years, wish I could attend services, caring for my Mom in law after work. So sorry for your loss. God bless each of you during this difficult time.

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  21. Tonya and family, I’m so sorry for your loss. Due to working other areas I haven’t been in the shop in quiet some time but always enjoyed talking with James. He was a super nice guy and will be missed by all. You will remain in my prayers.

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  22. Dear Sherry and family, my heartfelt condolences go out to all of you during your time of loss. Keeping each of you in my prayers for the Lord to give you strength, guidance and peace through this tragic event. I am so sorry for your loss!

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  23. James you will be missed by many we where always friends and the things we did will go down in history and keep out secret lol. You will never be forgotten my friend.

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  24. Tonya,Mack, Tony, and Family…..
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss…….Please call on us if you need anything

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  25. Tonya, I cannot tell you how sorry I am to hear about James. You all have meant so much to me for years. You and Tyler and the rest of the crew at the shop are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  26. Dear Tonya, Brenden, and Tyler…Our thoughts and prayers are with you and James’s entire family. We are so sorry for your loss of a wonderful husband, father, and son. James has been such a good neighbor to us all these years. It will not be the same in the neighborhood without him. He always had a ready laugh, and a welcome wave whenever we saw him. We will always cherish our fond memories of him. We are just a few steps away if you need anything at all. Don’t hesitate to seek us out. Marty said the last time he spoke to James he commented on the fact that ‘James had the best looking yard in the neighborhood…and if there was a leaf in the yard James would make sure the leaf blower was cranked up and if need be chase that leaf all over the neighborhood to get rid of it.’ James and Marty both had a big laugh over that comment. Hold tight to your precious memories of James…they are yours forever.

    With Love,
    Marty, Joan, and Matt Robinson

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