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James Ramsey

James "Jimmy" Edward Ramsey

Tuesday, January 5th, 1932 - Wednesday, January 29th, 2020
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James E. (Jimmy) Ramsey passed away on January 29, 2020 at The Black Mountain Neurological Center after a lengthy illness. Jimmy was the son of the late Dock and Octavia Willis Ramsey of Mars Hill, N.C. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his infant son, Scott Ramsey; brother, Glen Ramsey; and sisters, Oval Buckner and Zelda Ballard. He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 68 years, Joan Reel Ramsey; daughter, Nannette (Drake) of Charleston, SC; son, Brian Ramsey (Shandra) of Mars Hill, NC; sister, Robbie Carter of Mars Hill, NC; four grandchildren, Casey Schroeder (Crystal), Jesse Schroeder (Courtney), Clint Ramsey and Dustin Ramsey; two granddaughters, Kylie Peek (Chad), and Anna Harrill (Tyler); eight great-grandchildren and several cherished nieces and nephews. Jimmy had a deep devotion for his family and a great compassion for others.

Jimmy was an active member of the Beech Glen Baptist Church, a Mason for 62 years (Bald Creek Lodge #397 AF&AM), a Gideon and a US Army veteran. Jimmy always had an entrepreneur spirit for business and was the former owner and operator of Ramsey Builders and Craftsman, The Farmer's Tobacco Warehouse and the Antique Tobacco Barn in Asheville, North Carolina as well as a retired dairy farmer. He enjoyed trading, playing golf, hiking the Appalachian Trail, watching football games and spending time with his family and friends.

Visitation with the family will be on February 1, 2020 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM at the Robbie Capps Memorial Chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Service in Mars Hill, North Carolina. A celebration of Jimmy's life will take place following visitation at 2:00 PM at Blue Ridge Funeral Service with Reverend Stanley Peek officiating. Pallbearers will be the grandsons, music will be provided by Mark Buckner, Anthony Willis and Susie Willis Jenkins. Interment and graveside service will follow immediately after the service at California Creek Church Cemetery with Bald Creek Lodge # 397 AF&AM graveside rites. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Masonic Home for Children, 600 College St., Oxford, NC 27565 or Black Mountain Center Foundation, 932 Old US 70 Highway Black Mountain, NC 28711.

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    Blue Ridge Funeral Service
    7626 Highway 213
    Mars Hill, North Carolina 28754
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 2:00pm
    Robbie Capps Memorial Chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Service
    7626 Hwy 213
    Mars Hill, NC 28754
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Stanley Peek
  • Interment

    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 |
    Saturday, February 1st, 2020
    California Creek Baptist Church Cemetery
    5131 US 23 Hwy
    MARS HILL, NC 28754
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Ricky Anderson

Posted at 12:27am
My condolences to the family.
Jimmy was a huge part of my teenage years. Probably, the most fun I had growing up was playing golf at Wolf Laurel with Jimmy, Gerald Young and my daddy, Junior Anderson. You learn a lot about a man when playing golf. Some cheat, some curse, some throw clubs, but not Jimmy. He played the best that he could and enjoyed every minute of the game and the fellowship we all had together. Jimmy loved the Lord, and it would be hard, if not impossible, to find a nicer man. He was just a genuinely good man. So, get your clubs ready, Jimmy. We can worship the Lord while we play a round on God’s 18 hole course in heaven! And, thank you for all of the encouragement you gave me while I was growing up.
God Bless all of the family,

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Dana Carter

Posted at 11:52am
So very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
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Teresa Buckner

Posted at 10:35am
When Dwayne and I first came to Beech Glen Church around 20 years ago, Jimmy was one of the people who, to me, exemplified the spirit of the place: love for the Lord, for each other, for those outside the church, and for the simple pleasures of life, combined with healthy doses of humility and kindness.
Some of my best memories of those early years at Beech Glen include going camping with the church. Jimmy and his stories were among the highlights of those trips. In my mind, I can see him throwing these huge, tree-size stumps into the fire, and making "scrambled bacon" before breakfast.
He was a wonderful, Godly man, and his influence is something we have missed at Beech Glen during his long illness.
Build a fire and start the coffee, Jimmy. We'll join you in the by and by....

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