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Judge James Freeman Ashmore

January 21, 1942 ~ October 28, 2021 (age 79)

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Judge James Freeman Ashmore, 79, of Landrum, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on October 28, 2021.  He was the son of the late Freeman and Christine Kate Griffin Ashmore and the husband of Glenda Paulette Morgan Ashmore.

James and Glenda enjoyed 56 years of marriage together. He was a member of First Baptist Church Landrum.  After he graduated from Landrum High School and Spartanburg Methodist College he joined the United States Air Force and served in Vietnam.   Upon returning home from his military service, he started his career as the assistant manager of the Western Auto Store in Landrum and then became the owner and operator of White's Home and Auto and WJ Laundromat, where many knew him as "Dad Jim".  James also served Spartanburg County as a Magistrate Judge until his retirement in 2014.  He was a member of the Landrum Lions Club and was named Citizen of the Year in 1988.  He was very involved in Operation Hope where he served as Chairman for several years.  He also enjoyed photography as one of his hobbies.

In addition to his wife Glenda, he is survived by two sons, James Warren Ashmore (Buffy) and Jason Marc Ashmore (Autumn); a sister, Judy Edney; a brother, Bill Ashmore and his grandchildren, Kelsey, Corey, Chloe, Dylan, Ragan, Taylor and Delaney.  He also has grands by choice, Sommer and Marly.  He was also a mentor and father figure and best friend to many.

He was predeceased by his sisters, Mary A. Lawson and Joyce A. Wessinger.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, October 31, 2021 from 2:00-4:00PM at Petty Funeral Home.    A funeral service will be held on Monday, November 1, 2021 at 2:00PM at the First Baptist Church Landrum conducted by Rev. Mark Bishop.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Operation Hope, 206 E Rutherford St., Landrum, SC 29356. 

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October 31, 2021

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Petty Funeral Home
124 N. Trade Street
Landrum, SC 29356

Funeral Service
November 1, 2021

2:00 PM
First Baptist Church Landrum
300 E. Rutherford St.
Landrum, SC 29356

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