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James Absher, 93, Columbia, KY (1927-2020)

James Absher of Columbia passed away on Monday, November 9, 2020, at Grandview Nursing & Rehab in Campbellsville. He was 93 years old.

The funeral service will be held at NoonCT on Saturday, November 14, 2020, at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY, with Rev. Richie Curtis and Rev. Elbert Hadley officiating. Burial will follow in Haven Hill Cemetery.

Visitation is requested after 5pmCT on Friday.

All attendees to the visitation and/or funeral are required to wear a facial covering and follow Healthy at Work guidelines.

He was born February 4, 1927, in Adair County, to the late Joe and Emer Moore Absher. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Corbin Absher, two grandchildren, Gregory Wayne Kemp & Alaina Adams and a son-in-law, Norman Janes.

James was a US Army Veteran, a former factory worker, school bus driver, mechanic and farmer.

Survivors include:
  • Three sons - James Absher and Joe Absher and his wife Sue all of Tennessee, Archie Absher and his wife Beverly of Campbellsville
  • Two daughters - Janet Janes of Campbellsville and Emma Jewell and her husband Don of Glasgow
  • Two sisters - Alma Ferguson & Lois Claiborne both of Columbia
  • Eight grandchildren - William Absher, Gary Rackley, Angie Adams, Schella Pittman, Brian Kemp, David Michael Absher, SSG Jeffery B. Absher, James Ray Absher
  • 13 Great-Grandchildren, several other relatives & friends
  • A special friend - Jewell Sneed of Gradyville
Casket Bearers: Grandchildren

Honorary Casket Bearers: Don Jewell, Bradford Bailey, Tommy Bailey, Wayne Wall, Donald Ray White, SSG Jeffery B. Absher

Grissom-Martin Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

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James Absher, 93, Columbia, KY (1927-2020)

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