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.