James Haskett Sr.

    James E. Haskett Sr., 89, of Murphy, passed away Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in a Cumming, Ga., care facility.
    He was a native of New Bern, but lived in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., before moving to Murphy in 1978.
    Jim served in the United States Navy during World War II. Jim was a store manager with Sears, retiring in 1977. He was a member of Berne Masonic Lodge 724, but attended the Cherokee Masonic Lodge 146.
    Jim was also a member of Shepherd of the Mountains Church.
    He was the son of the late Mayhugh and Fannie Lillian Holton Haskett, and husband of the late Pearlina Murphy Haskett, who died Oct. 25, 2005.
    Surviving are two sons, James Haskett, and Richard T. Haskett and wife Betty, all of Asheville; four grandchildren, Ricky Haskett Jr., Yvonne Marie Haskett, James E. Haskett III and Jennifer Elise Haskett;  four great-grandchildren, Ricky Haskett III, Bryan Haskett, Skylah Haskett and Raine Haskett; a dear friend, Martha Gallagher; caregivers, Rick and Missy; and best buddy, P.J.
    A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Al Beck officiating and masonic graveside rites conducted by Cherokee Masonic Lodge 146. Pallbearers were Buck Chambers, Royce Hughes, Roy Dickey, Ben Adams, David Sumpter and Roger Powell.
    Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy, was in charge of all arrangements.
    An online guest register is available at www.iviefuneralhomeinc.com.