James Arless Kisselburg, 88, of Old Fort, passed away peacefully at the Elizabeth Hospice House in Flat Rock, April 1, 2019.
He was born in Copperhill, Tenn., June 5, 1930, to Bertha Alice Newton Kisselburg and Luther Ralph Kisselburg. James graduated from Sand Hill High School, Mars Hill Junior College, Furman University with a BA in Religion and Social Studies, and Appalachian State University with an MA in Public School Administration. While in school, he enjoyed playing and coaching football. James was ordained at 19 years of age while a freshman at Mars Hill Junior College, to serve as pastor of Chestnut Grove Baptist Church in Barnardsville. He served nine Southern Baptist Churches over 60 years, and was a public school teacher and administrator. James loved Alaska, where he lived with his family for 12 years, hunting, fishing and learning to fly. He worked as Director of the Orientation Center and later as Disposal Operations Officer for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.
James is survived by his sons, Mark Anthony James Kisselburg (Diann) of Riverside, Calif., Eric Daniel Kisselburg (Dara), of Boiling Springs; three grandchildren, Heather Bryson (David) of Shelby, Caleb Kisselburg of Riverside, Laura Newton (Jonathan) of Shelby; and five great-grandchildren, Madison, Makenzie, Sydney and Piper Bryson, and Dawson Newton. He is also survived by four sisters, Doris Stringer, Betty Hamby, Alice Estep, Katherine Forrister (Charles) of Murphy; one sister-in-law, Ruth Kisselburg, of Asheville; two brothers, Doyle Kisselburg of Poland, Ohio, Charles Kisselburg of Walterboro, S.C.; many loving nieces and nephews; and special friend, Evelyn Chreshan. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ralph Kisselburg (Ruth) of Asheville; and wife, Barbara Louise Capps Kisselburg (divorced) of Boiling Springs.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Marjorie McCune Community for their loving care and support. Also thank you to Elizabeth House at Four Seasons for their help and kindness in his final days.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 27, at Friendship Baptist Church, 100 Pine Cove Rd. in Old Fort.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Marjorie McCune Community, www.mccunecenter.org or Elizabeth House, www.fourseasonscfl.org.