James Archer Webb, 87, passed on to his next journey on July 14, 2015. He was born December 20, 1927 and lived most of his life in the greater Buffalo area. A graduate of South Park High School, he was captain of his swim team. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Irene Archer Webb, and his first wife, Patricia Courneen Webb.
James served in the Army with the 1st Cavalry Division in occupied Japan, 82nd Field Artillery in 1946 and was in the 368th field artillery, battalion reserves. Most of his working career was as a Realtor, owning Webb Real Estate in East Aurora, NY. He was an instructor in real estate across New York State for over 20 years. He served as president of the Greater Buffalo Board of Realtors and was president of the New York State Association of Realtors in 1990. He moved to Hendersonville in 1997 and worked for ERA Oates Realty until his retirement in 2004. James was a member of First United Methodist Church and involved with the Emmaus group, the most profound part of his faith journey. He loved living in the mountains and working around the Cedarbrook Condominiums.
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Hodge Webb; children, Thomas (Glenda Kiernan) of West Palm Beach, FL, Nancy Benzinger (Rob Tallon) of Bozeman, MT, David of Stockton, CA, Kathy Smithson of Bozeman, MT, Michael (Michele) of Fuquay Varina, NC, Susan (Jimmy) Roberts of Virginia Beach, VA and daughter of his heart, Evelyn (Morgan) Reynolds of Hendersonville, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his sisters, Phyllis Gildner and Eleanor Marchese, both of Florida and son James and daughter Christine.
A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church on Monday, July 20 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Jeffrey Hodge and Rev. Annie Fritschner officiating. A reception will be held at the church following the service.
Love contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, Emmaus Fund, 204 Sixth Avenue West, Hendersonville, NC 28739 or to Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.