December 8, 1937 ~ August 13, 2019

Born in: Washington, DC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Asheville – James R. Eschbacher, 81, of Asheville, died Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at his residence.

A native of Washington, D.C., he was a son of the late James and Reba Scott Eschbacher.

A United States Air Force Veteran, James retired as a Lieutenant after 20 years of service with Engine #19 of the Washington D.C. Fire Department. His family would like to acknowledge the wonderful and compassionate staff of LVAD (Left Ventricle Assist Device) of Mission Hospitals, Dr. Trichon, Liz, Trey, Sue and Joani. James was one of the first patients treated when the program was established.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Patricia Seymour Eschbacher; three sons, Ricky, David and Timothy Eschbacher; one daughter, Amber Eschbacher; one brother, Mitchell Woodrow Eschbacher as well as James’ “canine children”, Honey and Coco.

At his request, no local services will be held. However, for those who wish to make a contribution in his memory, please consider Brother Wolf Animal Rescue (


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. Rest in Peace Jim. Blessings and prayers for Pat and the family. We love you and are always here for you sweet lady.

  2. Rest in peace my brother. Your friendship and calls meant the world to me as we walked our similar paths. Prayers of comfort to Pat and family

  3. From your son Ricky miss you so much Dad I wish we could have had more time together but I know we’ll see each other one day love your son Ricky acris

  4. So sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. Such a dear and sweet friend who would give you the shirt off of his back even if he only had one. We will always have such wonderful memories of him and remember all the things he did for us and our family. Rest in peace dear friend.


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