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James Wesley Temple, Jr.

James Wesley Temple, Jr.
  • May 20, 1945 - December 26, 2016
  • Johns Island, South Carolina
  • In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to:
  • Charleston Presbyterian Church
    1405 Miles Drive
    Charleston, SC 29407

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“Jan, I am so terribely sorry for your loss. Mr. Temple always had a way of making me smile. And he always seemed so happy, no matter what he was...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Linda Hart - Johns Island, SC

“Jan, we are so sorry for your loss. Jim was such a kind man and will be missed. We are keeping you and the family in our thoughts and prayers. ”
2 of 20 | Posted by: Karen and John McGee - Charleston, SC

“Jan, I am so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed talking with you and Jim when our paths crossed in the neighborhood. Know you are in our...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Janet Beckett - Johns Island, SC

“Jan we are so sad to hear about Jim's passing. Praying for peace and comfort for you and your family In the days and weeks ahead. We will truly...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Tammy and Wayne Tucker - SC

“Jan we are so sad to hear about Jim's passing. Praying for peace and comfort for you and your family In the days and weeks ahead. We will truly...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Tammy and Wayne Tucker - SC

“What a blessing to have had Jim in our lives the past several years. His tenderness and softness in speech was a reminder of the compassion,...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Rev Dr. Earl and Laura Bland - SC

“Jimmy and I go back to 5th grade and graduated together in 1963 from Dentsville High School. During high school we worked for Beskid Pharmacy, and...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Julius (Bunny) Waites - Irmo, SC

“Jim showed his christian faith through his works and kindness. It certainly was a privilege knowing Jim and he will be greatly missed . We are...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: WJ and Joan Willard - Charleston, SC

At our wedding reception in 2010. Jim and Jan were a vital part of our wedding and our celebration. “Those of you who didn't know my brother Jim, you missed quite a bit. He had a great sense of humor and knew how to enjoy a good laugh as well as...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Andy Temple - Elgin, SC - Brother

“My prayers for the whole family. ”
10 of 20 | Posted by: Tony Bates - Irmo, SC - Friend

“I have known Jim for only a short while. He was a kind Christian gentleman whom I am glad to call my Christian brother. God bless and comfort his...Read More »
11 of 20 | Posted by: Ruth Swindell - Charleston, SC

“I will always,appreciate your gentleman southern manners keen eye for detail and emaculate appearance.My deepest respect and condolences to your...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Joseph Grubic - China spring, TX

“My heart is sadden and my thoughts are lost. My heartfelt condolences to Ms. Jan and the family of this wonderful man. He will be greatly missed by...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Melinda McKnight - Florence, SC

“MY HEARTFELT SYMPATHY TO YOU JANET AND FAMILY AT THE PASSING OF A DEAR LOVING MAN , YOUR HUSBAND. YOU MADE SUCH A BEAUTIFUL COUPLE AND YOUR LOVE...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: MARY ANN DEVORE - YOUNGSVILLE3, PA

“My heartfelt condolences to the family of this wonderful man. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. My God's grace surround you...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Janet Eisenman - Saginaw, TX

“My. Heart breaks for Jan and the rest of Jim's family. An extraordinary man who truly lived his faith and we can rest assured we will see Jim again...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Mary Robinson - McDowell, VA

“Jim, you are truly among the Angels in God's Kingdom in Heaven! You have witnessed and served him well here on earth, and I am certain He has...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Geoffrey Lewis - Mount Pleasant, SC

“I just spoke to Mary Jane and learned of Jimmy's passing. We are at home in the mountains, but will return to Charleston Friday, in lieu of Saturday...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Suzanne Stello - Waynesville, NC

“To Jan and family -- we were so sorry to hear of Jim's passing -- what a wonderful man he was!! After his ordeal with cancer I know he's resting in...Read More »
19 of 20 | Posted by: Jim and Elsie Clees - Charleston, SC

“Jim was always one of the more special people in this world. He gave and accepted love unconditionally. His faith was a wonderful gift he shared...Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: Patti Temple - Elgin, SC - Family


James Wesley Temple, Jr., 71, passed away Monday, December 26, 2016, at Roper Hospital in Charleston, SC. He was born May 20, 1945 in Rocky Mount, NC. He was the son of James W. Temple, Sr., and Thelma Parham Temple of Columbia. He was one of 5 children.

Jim married Janet "Jan" Zolko July 11, 1979 and celebrated life & love together for 36 ½ years. He had 3 children, cared for aging parents, and applied his Christian faith in everyday living. He loved and cherished his family & friends and always looked for the good in others. He led by example, keeping his loved ones close at heart and connected.

Jim, a self-motivated person, was a successful entrepreneur at the corporate level at Pizza Hut, which led him to create his own fast food chain. He established Coastal Lifestyles of Charleston, was a residential contractor, real estate developer and investor. In his early years, he was a barber/hair designer in Columbia.

Jim's faith and relationship with God has always been a cornerstone of his life. Service in his church includes leadership on finance and Trust Fund boards, fellowship, Sunday and Bible school teaching and being a deacon. Jim was a charter member, treasurer and one of the founders of Charleston Presbyterian Church.

Jim served on many board of directors to include Country Club Villas in Myrtle Beach for 15+ years and The Board of Visitors for Thornwell Home for Children and Headquarters Island POA. Activities and interests included boating, travel, reading, cars, gardens, and state/national parks.

He is survived by: one son, Tracey "Blaine" Temple of Alaska; daughter-in-law, Vicky Temple Grubic; son-in-law, Bob Nelson; grandchildren: Ashley, Kaylin, Tyler and Kayce Nelson; Samantha, James, Brandon, Faolan, and Kieran Temple; step granddaughter Sydney Grubic; two great grandchildren, Peighton and Bowden; two brothers, Andrew "Andy" Temple (Patti) and Randy Temple all of Columbia, SC; as well as cousins, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his son, Todd Baxter Temple, a daughter, Paula Khristine Nelson, a sister, Patricia Gail Lilly and a brother, Frank Temple.

Visitation will be held Friday, December 30, 2016 from 4 - 7 p.m. at J. Henry Stuhr Chapel, 232 Calhoun St. in Charleston, SC 29401. The funeral service will be Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Charleston Presbyterian Church, 1405 Miles Drive, Charleston, SC 29407.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Thornwell Home for Children, 302 Broad St., Clinton, SC 29324 or Charleston Presbyterian Church, 1405 Miles Drive, Charleston, SC 29407.