Tuesday, October 8, 2013
James “Jim” H. Rascoe, 65, of Summerville, SC ended his earthly journey and entered into the house of his Lord on Sunday, October 6th, 2013 after twelve years of a valiant and lengthy battle with Parkinson’s and Lewy body dementia.
Early in his law enforcement career, Jim was a Detective and Juvenile Officer for the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department in Greensboro, North Carolina. He was instrumental in forming the North Carolina Juvenile Officer’s Association where he held the office of President. He later became an executive in the private security industry having worked in the states of North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi and South Carolina before retiring to the Charleston Lowcountry.
Jim was raised in the Anderson Community of Caswell County, North Carolina. As a child and young man, he attended and was an active member of Baynes Baptist Church. Jim was a graduate of Eastern Alamance High School and Wingate University. While at Wingate, he met and married his college sweetheart, Janis Wharton Rascoe formerly of Gibsonville, North Carolina, who survives. The couple was married 45 years.
He was the adopted child of Anne Marlowe Rascoe and Claude Gilmer Rascoe, both deceased, of the Anderson Community. He was survived by his birth mother, Susan Elizabeth Garrett of Newark, Delaware and loving daughter Jennifer L. O’Saben and her husband, Joseph N. O’Saben of Summerville, SC along with their children, Nicholas Alexander and Madeline Elizabeth O’Saben.
Jim was a Mason and a Shriner. Through the years and prior to his illness, he was active and held offices in many churches, civic and industrial organizations. In his early career, he was recognized as a Jaycee Outstanding Young Man of the Year and later as an Outstanding Young Man of America. At this death, he was a member of Stallsville United Methodist Church where he had held several offices.
A Memorial Service will be held at Stallsville United Methodist Church in Summerville, SC on Saturday, October 19th, at 2 pm. The family will greet visitors at the end of the service.
A private graveside service will be held at a later date at the City of Gibsonville, NC Cemetery at the Wharton family plot.
Loving appreciation goes to the staff of Aging Gracefully for their wonderful care through the years. The family also wishes to thank the entire staff of Odyssey Hospice of Charleston for their love, support and care during his final days…most especially Patient Care Manager Sharon Rinehart, RN Case Manager Marcia Caldwell, Spiritual Care Coordinator Marshall Stanley, Social Worker Sarah Villegas, Bereavement Coordinator Melvina Pringle and Home Health Aides Willia Brown and Cora Jones. A heartfelt thanks and much love go to his caregiver, Dorothy Flowers.
Memorials may be made in his memory to Gentiva Hospice Foundation, 7801 Mesquite Bend Drive, Suite 105, Irving, TX 75063 or to The Carroll A. Campbell Jr. Neuropathology Laboratory, Medical University of South Carolina Foundation, 19 Hagood Avenue, Suite 806, Charleston, SC 29425. All gifts to the MUSC Foundation will be used to support research used in the fight against devastative neurological illnesses.