James Thrasher of Lake City was recognized in January for his military service by Haven Hospice Veteran Volunteers. Thrasher was born in Fort Payne, Alabama, before relocating to Lake City. He graduated from Columbia High School and went on to join the United States (U.S.) Army. Thrasher worked in several departments including operations, personnel and infantry before he retired in 1996 after almost 30 years as a Command Sargent Major.  

After his time in the U.S. Army, Thrasher returned to Lake City where he served as an administrative assistant with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement from 2002 to 2011. He was also the veteran’s service officer in Columbia County from 2012 to 2015 where he helped veterans gain access to benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“He was an amazing man, father and husband,” said Mary Thrasher his wife of 34 years. “He truly loved his country and his family.”

The Haven Hospice Pinning Ceremony for veteran patients also includes a veteran pin, a thank you card signed by the staff and a certificate of appreciation from Haven Hospice which are all presented by volunteer veterans.  The presentation ends with a salute to honor the veteran’s service.