Lee Funeral Home

11840 Highway 90, Little River, SC


James E. Ference

May 18, 1937June 27, 2020

Longs, SC

James E. Ference, 82, died June 27, 2020 at home, with his loving wife and family members at his side.

Born on May 18, 1937 in Sharon, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Joseph Ference and Agnes Kaelin Ference.

He worked as a metallurgist for the Sharon Steel Company. Once he retired, James loved gardening, landscaping, camping and remodeling. He was always eager to help family and friends with projects. James was a member of the Our Lady Star of the Sea and Knights of Columbus. Described as a “worker bee”, Jim was a devoted volunteer for many functions at the church such as the food pantry, Meals on Wheels, etc.

James is survived by his wife of 59 years, Helen “Eileen” Stefanac Ference; sons Christopher L. Ference (Roberta) and Scott E. Ference (Sara); daughters Lori Lynn Ference and Jill Rene Ference Kesic (John); a brother, David J. Ference (Kim); and a sister Margaret “Peggy” Thomas; 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. James was preceded in death by his sister Marie Radkowski and brother-in-law, Robert Thomas. Jim’s life revolved around his love for family. Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady Star of the Sea on Thursday, July 2, at 11:00am. A guestbook is available at www.leefhandcrematory.com.

Lee Funeral Home & Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach is serving the family.


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James E. Ference

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Amy Stewart

July 11, 2020

Prayers to the Ference Family. Mr. Ference was such a kind man and a wonderful neighbor in Hubbard. He will surely be missed. Hugs to all
Amy Stewart

Rhonda Mckenna

June 30, 2020

Eileen you are in our hearts, thoughts, & prayers.