James Lee Lively

February 22, 1942 - February 20, 2012
James Lee Lively

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James L. Lively, Sr., 69, of Hendersonville, passed away Monday, February 20, 2012. He was a son of the late Ann Lively and was preceded in death by his brother, Donald Haning and grandson, Christopher Nicolas Tyler.

Mr. Lively was a graduate of Adams State College in Alamosa, CO. He worked for the State of North Carolina as a Magistrate for 13 years after retiring as a Postal Inspector. James served in the U.S. Air Force and was a member of the Hendersonville Elks Lodge #1616.

He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Martha Lively; daughters, Lisa Lively-Perry and Mitzie Lively both of Hendersonville; son, James Lively, Jr. and wife Megan of Taylorsville; brother, Gary Wayne Haning and wife Anita of Atlanta, GA; grandchildren, Corey Tyler, Danielle Trussoni, Madison Gosnell, Ashton, Noah, Kaylee, and Emma Lively; great-grandchild, Salvatori Trussoni; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, February 25 in the Chapel of Forest Lawn Funeral Home, 538 Tracy Grove Rd. Hendersonville, NC.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 1131, Fairfax, VA 22038-1131, or the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, Inc., 355 Lexington Avenue, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10017.


Saturday, February 25, 2012
12:00 AM

Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel - Directions
538 Tracy Grove Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792

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  • February 25, 2012
    Monica Gillett-Stallings says:
    This day could have been like any other day, except Nathan and I decided we couldn't wait any longer to be married, even though we had an actual wedding scheduled for March. We called down to the magistrates office to see who was working that night. When we found out it was Jim, the decision was made. We grabbed two of our dear friends from the clerks office and went right over. Unfortunately, we did not have the money for the marriage fee... but Jim pulled cash out of his pocket and paid it for us! For the next 9 months Jim kept our secret, but every time we came into contact with him he had a little wink and grin!

  • February 22, 2012
    My condolensences and sympathy go out to the family. I am a Magistrate in Wake County.

  • February 22, 2012
    Waynette and Jonathan Bishop says:
    Thoughts and prayer's go out to the family at this time of need. He's in a better place, and celebrating his birthday with the Lord...

  • February 22, 2012
    Doug and Debora Strickland says:
    We will miss you Jim! Our sympathy goes out to the family.

  • February 23, 2012
    Tom & Jenny Starling says:
    Jim was a man who always had time for anyone in need of a conversation, good or bad. He was a friend,always willing to help. He was a good character, honest and kind.