He was born in Erwin, Tennessee and was the son of J. H. and Maxie Lee Lynch but had lived in Florida since 1984.
He spent over five years in the US Navy during World War II, serving in both the European and Pacific Theatres. He had a 40-year career with the U.S. Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service, serving as hatchery manager at several hatcheries. He served as manager of the Erwin Fish Hatchery prior to his retirement in 1980.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters; Rebecca Banner, Margaret Norris, and Ruth Ervin; a half-sister Ann Cross; and three brothers, Ted Lynch, Sam Lynch and David Lynch.
Mr. Lynch is survived by his wife of 72 years, Mary Brown (McInturff) Lynch; one daughter, Dr. Mary Anne Watson (Terry); two granddaughters, Sherri Musco (Thomas) of Tampa, Florida and Kimberly Slade (Keith) of Tallahassee, Florida; four great-grandchildren, McKinley Musco, Maggie Musco, Mason Slade, and Matthew Slade; one sister, Julia Combs; and one brother, Charles Lynch. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held in St. Petersburg, Florida following his death and a celebration of his life will be held at a later date in his beloved Tennessee mountains. Those wishing to pay tribute to his life may send donations in his name to the Alzheimer’s Association at http://act.alz.org/goto/James_Lynch