Joe James Major

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Joe James Major, 83, of Asheville, died on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, at the Memorial Campus of Mission Hospitals. Mr. Major was a son of the late Ira Earl and Isabel Lunsford Major. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Mary J. Bass Major, who died in 1994, and by a sister, Mary Pepita Major Robertson. Mr. Major had attended the Unitarian Universalist Church and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Mr. Major is survived by his sister, Teresa Major White; his daughters, Cecelia Pace and husband Dewey, and Gloria Hembree and husband Ivan; grandchildren, Mitchel Pace, Shelbi Pace and Avery Pace, and Roxanna Hembree, Nicholas Hembree and fiancée, Christion Belger, and Ivan Hembree, II; great-grandchildren, Ivory and Chloe; a number of special nieces and nephews; and his dear friend, Ellen Wells. A memorial service for Mr. Major will be held on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at the Groce Funeral Home chapel on Patton Ave. His family will receive friends following the service.

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  1. Dear Cecelia and Gloria,
    I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. I always liked your Daddy very much. He was a kind man. You and your families will be in my prayers.

  2. Cecelia, I am so sorry to hear about your dad. I know you will miss him very much. We will lift up you and your family in prayer! Keith and Kathy Thielke

  3. What a blessing to grow up with such a great second Dad. I am blessed we got to share our families with each other! I loved coming over and painting. Your Dad really shared his love of painting and encouraged us. I love him and he will be greatly missed. I love you all and you are all in my prayers!

  4. Cecelia & Gloria,
    I am praying for you and your families at this difficult time. I am truely blessed for knowing your dad. I have wonderful memories of being at your welcoming childhood home, your dad’s paintings, and memorable times together. Thank you for sharing your wonderful Dad with me and my family.

  5. Dear Cecelia and family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time of loss. May you feel the Lord holding you close.

    Julie Shoemaker

  6. Dear Cecelia and Family,
    we are so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Memories will always be close in heart and we are lifting you and your family up in prayer for comfort and healing.
    Tom, Sandra & Thomas Hendley

  7. Dear Cecelia & Gloria,

    Your Dad was the best. I have many fond memories of him. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  8. Cecelia and all the Major and Pace families,

    Mark and I find it hard to express our heart-felt sympathy for you all at this time. Please know that illness prevents us from attending services but we have been praying for you all since the news came. Our thoughts will continue to be with you in the days ahead. We look forward to talking soon. Love in Christ Kay

  9. Dear Cecelia and Gloria,
    We are so sorry for your loss. We continue to pray for both of you. Your dad was a pleasure to meet. We are here for you if you have any needs that need to be met. We love you.

  10. I worked with Joe at Dotson. We had great times working, laughing and sharing stories together. I will never forget our times together so many years ago. Praying for your comfort during these times.

  11. Although I did not know Mr. Major personally, I wanted to extend my condolences to your family on the loss of your loved one. May you, in your time of sorrow, take comfort in 1 Corinthians 15:26.

  12. I went to San Hill High School with Joe and we were great friends. I am so sorry to hear of his passing.

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