James E. Pea transitioned from life to death on Friday, August 9, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hasker Sr. and Isabelle Jones Pea; maternal grandmother, Henrietta Jones; brother, Henry and sister, Yvonne Pea.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife of more than 35 years, Carolyn D. Pea; children, Reginald Ledman (Angelina), Charles Pea (Pamela), Stephane P. Hubbard, Jerome Pea, Marcus McMinn (Tesha), Tara Irby (William); grandchildren, Marquis and Markell McMinn, Victoria and Elizabeth Pea, Maya Ryan, Tiara McMinn, Trey and Tia Irby, Lysander Davis; siblings, Anniebell Taylor, Hasker Jr. and T. Richard Pea, Richard Nesbitt and Barbara Underwood, four great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
James was a 1961 graduate of Nineth Avenue School and received his Associates degree from A-B Tech in Business Administration. He was employed by General Electric, retiring after more than 40 years of service. He was the first black supervisor in the plant’s history. He pastored for 7 years at Contemporary First Missionary Baptist Church and retired in 2016. Earlier in his Christian walk he founded the Gospel group The Golden Tones and The Gospel Testifiers and sang with The Sensationals. He was a man of many passions including being a barber, an avid bowler, fisherman and golfer. In his latter years his greatest passion was harvesting apples and sharing them with friends and neighbors.
A Program of Remembrance will be held on Wednesday August 14, at 1:00pm at Contemporary First Baptist Church in Hendersonville. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral. Burial will immediately follow the funeral at St. John Baptist Church in Fletcher.