James Jackson Carver

August 15, 1940March 11, 2019

James Jackson Carver

Maggie Valley, NC - James Jackson Carver, 78, passed away Monday, March 11, 2019 surrounded by his family. He was born in Haywood County on August 15, 1940 to the late Dewey and Grace Carver.

James loved to play baseball and signed with the Baltimore Orioles in 1958 and played 4 years. He retired following 40 years service at Dayco where he served as President of the United Rubber Workers Union. He was Co Owner of Maggie Valley Restaurant for 56 years until his retirement. He was a loving and supportive husband, daddy and proud pap to his granddaughters and great grandsons. He was also an avid supporter of Maggie Valley. He loved his church and church family. He enjoyed interacting with employees of the Maggie Valley Restaurant and customers.

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife, Jewell Campbell Carver; sons, Wil Carver and Matthew Carver; six granddaughters and three great grandsons.

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Hazelwood Baptist Church with the Reverend Tim Lolley officiating. The family will receive friends three hours prior to the service from 11 AM to 2 PM at the church. Burial will be held at Garrett Hillcrest Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to John F. Keever, Jr. Solace or Mission Rathbun House.

Garrett Funeral Home is caring for the family. A message of comfort may be left to the family at


  • John F. Keever Solace Center
  • Mission Rathbun House



  • Visitation Thursday, March 14, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 14, 2019


  • Burial

James Jackson Carver

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Robin Moody Pickenpaugh

March 16, 2019

We are so sorry for your loss. I started working at Maggie Valley Restaurant when I was 13 and have great memories of everyone there. Your whole family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Inez Dills

March 14, 2019

I went to work @dayco in1972 and joined local 277 where I met James Carver who was president of local 277. James was champion for the working class. Duri good and bad times James was the glue that held us together. James will be dearly missed. He was the kind of person that rarely exist today. I take comfort knowing he is no in pain now and in a better place. My sympathy goes to his family.

Gail Mathis Downs

March 14, 2019

So sorry for your loss, Jewell and family. James was such a nice man and will be missed by all who knew him. Prayers for you and your family.

Mallory Hunt

March 14, 2019

James was such a shining light in so many people’s life. He will be missed greatly in and around Maggie Valley by the people who encountered him over the years. We know his legacy will live on through the great work he did for our town, his family and his family’s restaurant. There are no words to tell you how sorry I am, but I’m praying you all find peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Phillip & Pam Thomason

March 14, 2019

My heart breaks for you all. The hardest thing in the world is to lose a parent & grandparent! Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers. I pray God wraps His arms around you & comforts you & gives you Peace!

Kathy Austin

March 13, 2019

I have many fond memories of James. He was a wonderful man and will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with this sweet family.

Ben and Myra Glover

March 13, 2019

What a great mountain gentleman and ambassador to Maggie Valley. He was passionate about his feelings for the town and it's leaders. We are proud to have know him as a friend.

Missy Gentry

March 12, 2019

Such an awesome family that I enjoyed working with through high school and college at the restaurant. My heart goes out to the entire family and friends. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

Ruby Crumpler

March 12, 2019

Sorry to hear about James. He fought for me at Dayco when they were going to let me go. He was a special person. My thoughts and Prayers are with all the family.

Mary Gaddis Beasley

March 12, 2019

My first memory of James Is when I went to work at his redtaurant. Later I remember him at Dayco. James was a fair employer at the restaurant and I enjoyed working there.