James H. Decker, 85, and his wife, Barbara Brittner Decker, 85, passed away at the CarePartner Solace Center, where they were roommates, he on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, and she 18 hours later, on May 14.

James Was born December 6, 1934, in Haywood County to the late Frank and Helen Fisher Decker. He was a graduate of Lee Edwards High School and was an Air Force veteran. He worked as a dental tech, mainly for the VA Medical Center until his retirement at age 82.

Barbara was born October 4, 1934 in Buncombe County to the late John Joseph and Dulcie Beatrice Kilpatrick Britton. She was a graduate of St. Genevieve’s and worked with First Union Bank.

They both were gun enthusiasts and members of the NRA.

They are survived by several nieces and nephews.

A joint graveside service will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at Lewis Memorial Park.

Attendance will be limited to 50 individuals and masks/facial coverings are suggested.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is assisting the family and the on-line memorial is available at GroceFuneralHome.com.


Graveside Service: May 19, 2020 2:00 pm

Lewis Memorial Park
415 Beaverdam Road
Asheville, NC 28804


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Jimmy and Barbara . They were the best friends we could of had. We will miss them so much.

  2. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Jimmy and Barbara . We worked with Barbara at First Union Bank many years ago. Barbara was a very special lady and we treasured her friendship. We Pray for comfort, peace and strength in the days ahead.
    Chris Mashburn, Marj Icenhower, Betty Reece-Byrd

  3. My husband and I moved next door to the Decker’s last January. While we did not get a chance to know them well, it was alway so nice to see them together. We will miss having them in the neighborhood. Our thoughts and condolences to their family and friends.


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