James Gavin MacWilliam

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Biltmore Forest - James Gavin MacWilliam, 64, died Thursday, June 18, 2015, surrounded by his family at the John F. Keever, Jr. Hospice Solace Center. Gavin was born in Omaha, NE, and was a son of Rosalie Edwards MacWilliam of Arden and the late James Harold MacWilliam. Growing up in a military family, he enjoyed the experience of living in many parts of the country. His teenage years were spent living on a small horse farm in northern Virginia. After graduating high school and marrying his sweetheart, he proudly served with the Virginia Air National Guard. In 1981, Gavin and his family moved to Asheville where he owned and operated Rent-All for the next 31 years. He enjoyed giving back to his community by donating rental equipment to various organizations, including Eblen Charities and Saint Joan of Arc Church. Gavin is survived by his wife, Jo Coppock MacWilliam; son, Sean MacWilliam (Karen); grandchildren Ethan and Jackson MacWilliam; sister, Marianna O'Dwyer (Brian), and brother, Stewart MacWilliam. A memorial service will be conducted by the Rev. Fr. Dean Cesa at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 17, 2015, St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall following the service. Memorials may be made to St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 768 Asbury Road, Candler, NC 28715, or to the American Lung Assn., 401 Hawthorne Lane, Suite 110 - #298, Charlotte, NC 28204.

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  1. Mac was a good person that I had known for over twenty years. My deepest condolences to Jo and the family,Sincerely, Tim Creegan

  2. Please accept our deepest sympathy for your family at this time. We will keep everyone in our thoughts and prayers today and in the days to come, and we hope that you will feel his spirit and know peace from his presence in your hearts. Blessings, Jenny and Harold Evans

  3. Jo
    You, Rosalie and Sean have been in our thoughts throughout Gavin’s last illness.
    We hope to express our condolences in person and celebrate his life when his memorial service is held.
    Christine and Paul Nussbaum

  4. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. We only knew Gavin for a few short years, but we know he will be missed by all who knew him!

    Jane and Les Buell

  5. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Please know that Gavin is at rest in God’s loving arms. Carol Wald

  6. Sean, Karen and Family,
    As your mourn the passing of your loved one, may GOD touch your lives in a way that truly soothes your heart and brings you peace.

  7. Jo, we offer our condolences on the passing of your beloved husband. Our prayers are with you for God’s strength and the peace of the Holy Spirit in your loss. May God bless you always.

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