July 22, 1929 ~ June 8, 2019

Born in: Holt, Alabama
Resided in: Candler, NC

James Thomas Dobbins, 89, passed away Saturday, June 8, 2019, at the Charles George VA Medical Center.

Born in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, he was the son of the late James W. Dobbins and Lora Mae Matthews Dobbins. He was also preceded in death by sisters, Christine Morrow and Betty Jean McKee.

A former tugboat captain, he served in three branches of the US military, the Navy, Air Force and Army, totaling more than 20 years, including duty in Korea and two tours in Vietnam. He was a Bronze Star and Vietnam Presidential Citation recipient.

Following his retirement, he and Mrs. Dobbins lived in Florida before moving to Maggie Valley where they owned and operated a campground, then to Buncombe County in 2004, where they joined Trinity Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Jane Monroe Dobbins; daughters, Cheri Allegood, of Atlanta, GA and Donna McCall, of Sylva; sons, James Thomas Dobbins, Jr., of Tacoma, WA and Mark Pomraning, of Hendersonville; grandchildren, Alvin Miller, Leland Burroughs, Sarajane Case, Rachel Pomraning, Kristoffer Allegood, Heather Fleming, Cory Dobbins and Shawna Cross, four great-grandchildren; and sister Doris Pope.

Funeral services with military honors will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery. The Rev. Dr. Allen L. Monroe will officiate.


Funeral Service: June 13, 2019 2:00 pm

Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery Chapel
962 Old US Hwy 70
Black Mountain, NC 28711


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

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


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  1. My wonderful Uncle Jim was as kind and helpful as any person could be. I now live very close to the river where he was originally a Tug Captain. He will be missed.

  2. Jane and family,
    I am so ver sorry to hear of Mr Jims passing. He was a kind, caring and giving man. He was a wonderful neighbor and I will never forget his kindness to me and my family. My prayers are with you all. May God comfort you at this time of great sorrow.

  3. Jane, Cheri, Mark, Donna and little Jim<

    So sorry for your loss. It's been years since I have seen him, but I remember he was a sweet, kind man. Hoping for peace for you all.


  4. Uncle Rufus was a good man. I admired his commitment to his country and GOD. He will be missed by his family. Aunt Jane I know you will miss him the most. My condolences to you and the family.
    Sam Mckee

  5. Aunt Jane and Cousins I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept My condolences and prayers. Love you all

  6. Jane, you don’t know us, but we are good friends with Allen and Beverly Monroe. We grieve your loss, but we understand that Jim knew the Lord, and we are assured that he is now in good hands. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.

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