James Douglas ìJimî Wayne, 73, of Hendersonville, formerly of Skaneateles, NY, passed away peacefully at home Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, his loving family at his side, following a brief but courageous battle with brain cancer. A son of the late Emma Martin and DeLancey Wayne, Jim was born June 16, 1939 in Auburn, NY. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Martin Wayne and Terry Scofield.
A true patriot, Jim served in the United States Army from 1957 to 1963. He originally enlisted in the U.S Army National Guard and was called to active duty to the United States Army 101ST Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY, during the Berlin Crisis and the Cuban Missile Crisis where he faithfully served his country until his honorable discharge in December, 1963.
Jim was a former member of the Owasco Reformed Church and served on the Church Consistory. He subsequently became a member of The First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles where he served as a Session Member and Church Elder. One of his greatest personal accomplishments was to help organize the reconstruction and renovation of the historic church structure in Skaneateles. Jim also gave blood regularly and contributed 20+ gallons to the American Red Cross.
Throughout his career, Jim made his mark designing and building custom homes and cabinets throughout Central New York and Western North Carolina. He was an avid golfer and a former member of Skaneateles Country Club, Skaneateles, and Pinehurst Country Club, Pinehurst, NC. When he ìretiredî to North Carolina, he continued to create beautiful things and made many friends along the way. He was a true craftsman and those of us who possess one of his creations feel the strength of his connection to his craft.
ìA regular guy with a positive outlook, huge heart, wonderful, radiant smile and distinctive laugh,î Jim will be truly missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his beloved wife and best friend of 54 years, Nancy; son, Tim Wayne of Auburn, NY: daughter, Sandra (Perry) Courto of Oneida, NY; son, Brian Wayne of River Ridge, LA; grandchildren Lauren, Kevin, Rich, Ann, Christa, Daniel and Hali ; and his favorite four-legged companion ìSammyî.
Jim is also survived by his siblings DeLancey (Norma) Wayne, Mary Ann (Carl) Pearce, Albert (Patricia) Wayne, Robert Wayne, Cynthia (Steve) Myers; brother-in-Law Harold Ward, sister-in-Law Doris Wayne, and sister-in-Law Joyce Hawley, ìadopted brother and sisterî Gary and Denise Mathers; many cherished nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
A celebration of life ceremony will commence at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 18, 2012 in the Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 pm prior to the service in the chapel. A reception will follow the service in the hospitality suite at Forest Lawn.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Elizabeth House, as well as the staff of Four Seasons Hospice for their compassionate care and support.
Contributions in Jimís memory may be made to Four Seasons Compassion for Life, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731 or the American Red Cross, 203 Second Avenue East, Hendersonville, NC 28792.