James Louis Brasher Jr.

July 7, 1924March 15, 2013

James Louis Brasher, Jr., 88, of Matthews, NC, went to be with the Lord on March 15, 2013.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at one o'clock in the afternoon at Sunset Memory Gardens in Mint Hill, NC, with Pastor J. Arlen Smith officiating.

Jim was born July 7, 1924 in Birmingham, AL, and was a son of the late James L. Brasher, Sr. and Ola Wright Brasher. He moved his family to Charlotte, NC in 1956, and on to Matthews, NC in 1961, where he remained until moving to the Carriage Club in Charlotte.

Also preceding Jim in death is his beloved wife of 69 years, Frances Fendley Brasher.

Survivors include a brother, Floyd Jackson Brasher (Marlin); children, Kathy Brasher Johnson (Lee), Diane Brasher Helms (Ron) and James Louis Brasher, III (Brenda). He is also survived by his grandchildren, Melissa Johnson Lingerfelt and Jennifer Johnson Tuttle; and great-grandchildren, Amanda Rachel Lingerfelt, Eric Shane Lingerfelt and Taylor Leigh Tuttle.

For his service in the Army-Air Corps during WWII, 1943-1945, Jim was awarded a Purple Heart, a Silver Star, and three Bronze Stars. He was owner of the JL Brasher Co., a manufacturer’s agent, retiring in 1981.

Jim was an avid fisherman, ran the Charlotte Marathon at the age of 54, and loved his motorcycle, which he rode in every state in the continental US. A bicycle enthusiast, Jim was a member of the Carolina Tar Heels Cyclist Club with 210,000 documented bike riding miles to his credit. He will be very much missed by his loving family.

In lieu of flowers, please offer donations to Hospice & Palliative Care, Charlotte Region, 1420 East 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204.

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  • Graveside Service Tuesday, March 19, 2013

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Max Forsberg

March 20, 2013

I enjoyed most the group bike rides that Jim was also on. He was a gentleman as well as a gifted athlete. A good memory is riding up front with him ahead of the pack for half the longest day on our two-week ride across the state in 1977.

March 17, 2013

Jim was truly the most interesting person I've ever had the privilege to know. I met him when I was getting serious about cycling and he became my mentor and friend. I never saw Jim without a smile on his face regardless of the situation. I never knew of Jim's heroism in WW2 until today's obituary in the paper; that's just typical of Jim. It was a true honor to have been a friend of this remarkable man.

Charles Sasser

Jackie Page

March 17, 2013

Blessings to all of your family during this time of great loss. Knowing your Dad is with your Mom again must surely bring you solace.

Jackie Harris Page

Larry & Row Wollenhaupt

March 15, 2013

Prayers and love for all of you at this time. He is now at peace and joined once again with his bride. You are blessed to have another angel watching over you. Love, Larry & Row

Julie Botkis

March 15, 2013

after reading your Father's obituary, I now know where you get your drive and determination. what an inspiring man! I know,that he will be greatly missed,by you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss, and we will be there for you at the service.

we love you!

Diane Helms

March 15, 2013

My Dad had a wonderful, energy-filled life! As a young man he and a friend used to challenge each other in weight-lifting. He was a fine speciman of a man which had to help him in netting my Mom! Through his adult years he raced on bicycles, backpacked in the mountains, entered fishing contests, ran marathons, rode his motorcycle through all 48 contiguous states, rode several century rides (100 miles in a day) and even a couple of double century rides (200 miles a day) on a bicycle! All of that and he still had lots of time for his children! We used to go camping, fishing, skiing and swimming at Lake Wylie when we were kids. He'd travel for his work during the week and spend most of his weekends entertaining us. Additionally, he was very intelligent. He used to read books and magazines in his spare time. He wasn't the type to read regular novels! He was always reading to learn more. When we were teenagers, we used to tell him he needed to change jobs and become a college professor! He taught the three of us and he lived the golden rule (Love your neighbor as you love yourself). He also taught us to be independent. He never said "Do as I say do, not as I do." He walked the talk and was a shining example and the paramount gentleman. I think I heard him say a cussword maybe twice in my whole life! After such an active life, it was really heartbreaking to see him in a wheelchair at the end of it. And after being so smart, Alzeheimer's robbed him of the ability to even put words together into a simple sentence! I'm so glad his struggle is over and he's back in my Mom's arms (she preceded him to the Lord 23 months ago). He will be missed, but loved forever.