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James Gurley Hoots, 85

James Gurley Hoots, 85

James Gurley Hoots, 85, of Hendersonville passed away Sunday, No. 10, 2013, at the Elizabeth House after a lingering illness.

A life long resident of Henderson County, he was the son of the late Hilliard and Pearlie McCraw Hoots. He was preceeded in death by a brother Raymond Hoots and a sister Maudine Nix.

Jim retired from Dupont after 26 years of employment and was also an apple farmer. Jim was a gifted, self taught musician, who loved "pickin" with his friends and sons.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Mary Jones Hoots; a daughter Carolyn Walker (Wayne), two sons, Gary Hoots (Gale) and Ricky Hootsb(Cindy), all of Hendersonville. In addition, he had four granddaughters , four great grandchildren, and a sister, Hazel Watkins.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at Mountain Home Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Dale Gilbert officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to American Heart Association, The American Cancer Society or the Multiple Sclerosis Association.

Condolence cards may be sent to the family at or P.O. Box 945, Hendersonville, NC 28793.