Edward “Ed” James, age 78 of Etowah, TN passed away on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at Woods Memorial Hospital. He was a native of Etowah where he lived all of his life. He worked in the insurance business for 25 years. Ed loved people and was very generous during his life. He was an active member of Brookhill Baptist Church of Etowah, TN and was a U.S. Navy veteran. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Elsie James, a brother C.W. James and several aunts and uncles that were instrumental in his upbringing. Survivors include his wife of 53 years Helen James of Etowah, TN, daughter, Cindy J. James of Etowah, TN, son and daughter in-law, E. Perry and Janice James of Knoxville, TN, granddaughter, Sara Kaufman, two great-grandchildren Kylie Grace and Titus Kaufman, special aunt, Barbara Reynolds of Knoxville, TN and many countless friends that he loved and cherished. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 5, 2013 in the South Chapel of Bordwine Funeral Home. The Pastor Gary Higdon will officiate. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00p.m. , Friday January 4, 2013. Family and friends will proceed to Green Hill Cemetery, Saturday following the service. Pallbearers will be Ode Lanning, Robbie Shearer, Norman Wilson, Jason Wilson, Burt Jenkins and Tom Aderhold. Honorary pallbearers are Charles England and Bill White. A special thank you to the Internal Medicine Group and especially Dr. Ghazali Khan. The family is requesting in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to: Etowah Food Pantry c/o Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 923 Ohio Ave, Etowah, TN 37331, or Miracle Lake, 182 County Rd 498, Etowah, TN 37331 or Brookhill Baptist Church Music Ministry, 700 14th Street, Etowah, TN 37331.