April 23, 1935 ~ February 19, 2021

Born in: Morristown, TN
Resided in: Candler, NC

In the early morning hours of February 19, 2021, James William Shorter passed away peacefully at his home. Dearly loved by his family and friends for his quiet, gentle unassuming manner. Jim was a thoughtful man, valued for his sound judgement, clear thinking and work ethic with honesty, integrity and purpose. He lived a life full of joy, wonderment and gratitude of God’s grace and blessings. He will be deeply missed.

Born April 23, 1935 in Morristown, TN, he was the son of the late Woodrow Shorter, Sr. and Mary Kate Shorter. After receiving a degree in business administration, he started his career with the American Enka Company in Tennessee and North Carolina. When the company was sold, he remained with the parent Dutch Company, AKZO, as sales administrator until retirement in 1990.

Jim was faithful to his church life serving as deacon, Elder, S.S. Superintendent, youth leader, choir and on various committees. Having a love of music, he previously sang with the Asheville Land-Of-Sky Barbershop Chorus, the Asheville Symphony Chorus, and in various church choirs since the age of sixteen.

As an avid outdoorsman, he loved to hunt, trout fish and hike any trail. An anonymous quote was given to him by a special friend, Harvey Haynes. It was appropriate for trout fishermen like them: “May I fish until my dying day and when last I make my final cast, may I be caught up the Master’s net, peacefully asleep, and may He on his final judgement find me big enough to keep”.

Left to cherish his wonderful memories are his wife, Carolyn, of 51 years; grandchildren, Ann Marie LaPointe (Edmund), Nikki Wisecarver (Jay), Page Land; and great-grandchildren, Kara, Sydney and Weston Meyer, and Susie Wisecarver.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Woodrow Shorter, Jr.; daughters Kimberly Dawn Shorter Navetta and Sherry Ann Land; grandson Michael Stephen Navetta, II; and brother-in-law Nolan Bryson White.

A private family service of celebration will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at Francis Asbury United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Dr. Michael Kurtz officiating.

A special thank you to all the compassionate and loving caregivers of CarePartners Hospice that attended to Jim’s needs over the past few years. Their commitment to him was very much appreciated and everyone was instrumental in making a positive difference in the quality of his life.

Memorials may be made to the Francis Asbury United Methodist Church Building Fund, 725 Asbury Rd., Candler, NC 28715.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

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


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  1. Our deepest sympathy and love to Carolyn and family. Over the years, we have enjoyed Carolyn’s stories about Jim’s beautiful faith, his music and the joy he brought to all who knew him. Those stories of his remarkable talents and service have enriched our lives and linger as special memories. With live, Alice and Bill

  2. Carolyn – Sorry to read of Jim’s passing and I will be praying for you and your family during the coming days. Thankful Jim has been totally healed and for that we can rejoice. Sending love and prayers!

  3. Mrs. Shorter-

    I’m so sorry to learn of the passing of Mr. Shorter. My prayer is that God will provide you with the strength and peace necessary to navigate this difficult time.

    With much love-

  4. Mrs. Shorter, We’re so sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. We enjoyed you both as neighbors during our time in Woodside Hills. We pray God will grant you peace and comfort during this difficult time.
    With much love,
    Jesse and Jerri (Henderson) Cordell and family.

  5. I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Jim was a hunting buddy of my dad’s so by default he was my first hunting buddy. I have fond memories of hunting with him. He had a genuine warmth about him that made everyone feel loved. There was a hog in eastern NC we called Arnold. Jim gave me that nickname and I will miss hearing him call me by that name. May the birds flush close and fly straight and may Bo be there to retrieve them. May the trout rise to take your fly and the battles be exquisite. And , Jim, may your trails take you to the places we on earth can only imagine. You are loved and you will be missed.

  6. Carolyn, I am so sorry to hear about Jim. He was a great boss and an even greater friend to everyone that knew him. He was always smiling telling us of his last adventure whether it was
    a hunting trip or his vacations. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Lisa Creasman Crowe

  7. To Carolyn and the family, Vic and I send our deepest sympathy. We have always enjoyed our visits with you. I have missed seeing Jim, we usually talked when we stopped for a break from our yard work. Carolyn, I cherish having you as my sweet neighbor. Please know that you are remembered and cared about very much.

    Connie McClure,


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