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James Ronald Osteen

January 13, 1947 - October 5, 2020

James Ronald Osteen, 73, died October 5, 2020, in Gainesville, FL. Mr. Osteen was born January 13, 1947, in Henderson County, NC, to James and Eugenia
(Stanton) Osteen. He grew up on a small family farm before his family relocated to Jackson, SC, where he graduated from Jackson High School. He continued his education at the University of South Carolina, graduating in 1965 with a degree in Political Science.

He was then drafted into the army and served for three years as a codebreaker for the Army Security Agency, in Eritrea. Following his military service, he began a career in journalism at the Augusta Chronicle. He worked at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as state editor before joining the Gwinnett Daily News as managing editor and was later promoted to news editor. He was hired as the executive editor of the Gainesville Sun in 1992. He retired in 2012, following 42 years in the field of journalism.

He enjoyed Atlanta Braves baseball and Gator football, which he would often watch with his Boykin Spaniel, Tug. He enjoyed cooking for his family and expanding his diverse musical tastes.
He is survived by his wife, Catherine, brothers Kevin (Sara) and Keith (Melissa), daughters Laura (Jeff) Boatright and Emily (Daniel) Johnston, and granddaughter Julia Johnston.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2020, at eleven o’clock a.m. in the Chapel of Shuler Funeral Home.  A graveside service will follow at Tuxedo First Baptist Church Cemetery in Zirconia.

Service Information

Service Information

Date: Saturday, October 17, 2020

Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Shuler Funeral Home Chapel

125 Orr's Camp Rd.
Hendersonville, NC 28792

Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, October 17, 2020

Time: 12:30 pm - 12:45 pm


Tuxedo First Baptist Church Cemetery

Tuxedo, North Carolina 28784

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