The Transylvania Times -

James E. LeGere


February 21, 2019

Jim E. LeGere, 77, of Connestee Falls, Brevard, died peacefully Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, surrounded by friends and family at Solace Hospice in Asheville.

Born in Oak Park, Ill., he was a graduate of Princeton University and received his MBA from the University of Chicago.

In 1963, he joined the Quaker Oats Company and accepted positions of increasing responsibility until retiring as a vice president of information services 37 years later.

He and his wife, Martha, were married in 1968 and settled in Chicago. Their son, Scott, "a true gift from God," was born in 1975. Soon after they came to faith in Christ, became "on fire for the church," as he often termed it, and spent much of the rest of their life together spreading the Gospel in local churches and in foreign countries.

In 2000, he retired and they moved to a lakeside home in Connestee Falls. There, he enjoyed many outdoor activities, such as Hiking, Kayaking, tennis, pickleball and Biking. He and his wife went on a number of Hiking and Biking trips in the area and abroad.

He was active in local churches, serving where needed, including in outreach and mission ministries. He was also an active volunteer with SAFE, a local organization aiding victims of domestic violence, serving on its board in various capacities, including president.

Music was always important in his life. He shared his talents in churches, in the Connestee Chorale and in a local folk group, both singing and playing guitar.

He is survived by Martha, his wife of 51 years; son, Scott LeGere and his wife, Kelly, of Minneapolis; their daughter, Lena, 6; and a niece, Cathi Sanders, of Healdsburg, Calif., and her family.

A memorial service will be held at Connestee Falls in the Cherokee Room, March 8, 2019, at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to SAFE, P.O. Box 2013, Brevard, NC 28712.

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Moore-Blanchard Funerals & Cremation is caring for the family.


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