James A. Waddell entered this world on March 10, 1927 to James T. Waddell and Ida V. Carr Waddell. James had 12 sisters and brothers.
James attended Asheville City Schools and later met the Love of his Life, Edith Turner Waddell. They married and had 6 children who loved their parents deeply.
He was a World War II veteran serving in the US Army and later worked at the Asheville VA Medical Center (Oteen Hospital) as a nursing assistant for almost 30 years of dedicated service. After retirement, he considered it an honor to provide a military salute to fallen veterans by joining the Veterans of Foreign War Military Salute Team.
He attended Culinary School; loved to draw and paint; was an avid golfer who was seen golfing even in the rain on occasion; and enjoyed fishing and hunting.
He loved the Lord and was a member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church. He faithfully and quietly served the church and community in his own personal way.
James was a faithful, devoted, and loving husband to Edith Waddell. She passed away peacefully in their home in West Asheville in 1989.
After a couple of years of his wife’s passing, he enjoyed a special friendship with Margaret Felder until her death in 2010.Later he enjoyed the company and friendship with Lucille Ray. She passed away in 2019.
After living a very fulfilling, enriched life of 93 years, James passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 surrounded by his loved ones in the home of his daughter in Greensboro, NC following a few brief periods of illness.
How do we describe a man who was loved and who loved so deeply…a father, brother, friend, “J”, Uncle James, Papa, Papa the Great. He was and always will be an awesome Dad. You couldn’t find a better father: kind, patient, loving, humble, gentle, creative, compassionate, loyal, grateful, never had an unkind word to say about anyone, fun, playful sense of humor, determined, sometimes politely stubborn in a kind sort of way, persevering, resilient, never a complainer…except on occasion when something may cost a little too much…concerned about others, especially his children and siblings and those he loved, and a hard worker. He is a positive example and the role model of what a man should be…who left a legacy of life worth living before the Lord, his family and all who knew him.
In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his wife, Edith T. Waddell, sisters, Thelma Vines, Gertrude Rucker, Christine Morrison; brothers, Paul, William, Walter, and Richard Roland Waddell.
Left to cherish his love and memories are daughters, Carolyn Hunphrey (Kevin) of Alpharetta, GA, Wanda Hinton (Marlow) of Greensboro, NC, Gloria Waddell of Rock Hill, SC, Anita McDaniels (Kenneth) of Drexel Hill, PA; sons, Kenric Waddell (Dorothy) of Hendersonville, NC, James Dwight Waddell (Deidra) of Black Mountain, NC; sisters, Sarah Wilcher, Marjorie Beard, Portia Leverette and Kokeeta Cave all of Asheville, NC; brother, Eddie Waddell of Statesville, NC; nine grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A public viewing will be held from 4:00-8:00 pm Friday, May 8, 2020 in the chapel of Ray Funeral & Cremation Service. Funeral service will be held 2:00 pm Saturday, May 9, 2020 also in the chapel. This service will be live streamed. Burial will follow at Ashelawn Gardens of Memory. COVID-19 guidelines will be followed during the viewing and the service.
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