James E. Luna

Born in Nashville, Tennessee on November 10, 1948

Departed on October 10, 2018 and resided in Nashville, Tennessee

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Age 69, of Nashville, TN, passed away October 10, 2018.

James spent 19 years as the Clinical Director of the Men’s Program at Cumberland Heights. His own personal recovery, that spanned decades, was paralleled only by the love and energy he put into patients and friends alike struggling with alcohol and drug addictions. His life’s work will be remembered by the thousands he touched who are now, in turn, helping others themselves. He indeed walked the walk in selflessly helping other’s lives.

Preceded in death by his parents, Pearl Bragg Luna & Waymon E. Luna. Survived by his wife of 15 years, Dawn Luna; daughter, Ruby Bentle (Bradley); grandchildren, Timothy Brummond, Lisa Brummond, Tabitha Bentle, Lela Bentle & Beth Bentle; sister, Connie Bowers; nephew, Neil Bowers; great-nephew, Tristan William Bowers; several extended family and friends.

A Life Celebration will be held 2:30pm, Saturday, Oct 20th at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home in the chapel with a reception to follow from 3:00pm – 5:00pm at The Pavilion at Harpeth.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Feed The Children at https://secure.feedthechildren.org/site/Donation2?1700.donation=form1&df_id=1700&mfc_pref=T or mail to Feed The Children, 615 Davidson St, Nashville, TN 37213

19 Comments to James E. Luna

  1. Bobby and Bonnie Elliott
    October 11, 2018 8:52 pm

    Love you all❤️💕

  2. Don Moser
    October 11, 2018 10:37 pm

    James was one of the kindest and most gentle men I have ever known. He touched thousands of lives and enriched all of them in so many ways. He was a great example of God’s Grace in action. His passing leaves an emptiness that can never be filled. The world is a little dimmer with the loss of his light.

    He lives on in our hearts and his wisdom will continue to be shared. He is never farther away than our thoughts.

    My deepest and heartfelt condolences to his wife Dawn, to all of his family and his many, many friends.

  3. Bobbie Jo Yokley
    October 12, 2018 10:18 am

    I was blessed to be in James presence for a period of time and enjoyed his knowledge and wisdom. Blessings to you Dawn and prayers for you in the days ahead.

  4. Paul Citro
    October 12, 2018 1:05 pm

    Loved sitting in meetings with James, a man of few words but those words came from the heart. Grateful for the time spent learning about living the good life in sobriety with James. Love and Blessings to Dawn and family.

  5. Gabby
    October 12, 2018 11:36 pm

    our loss is GODS gain prayers for you Dawn

  6. Heather allen
    October 13, 2018 2:51 pm

    James luna was a role model to me. His humility was one of his best attributes. When he spoke in meetings I held on to every word. He has left a hole in our group that won’t soon be filled. I loved James very much and am honored to have known him.

  7. Cinde Stewart Freemam
    October 13, 2018 4:08 pm

    it was my great blessing to have known James for many years. My heart is flooded with too many memories, stories, and “James-isms” to pick one. I will just say that he was the living face of God to me when I most needed it. I will miss you, my friend. My prayers are with Dawn, Ruby, and the grandchildren-all of whom he loved dearly. Godspeed

  8. Gary Hunt
    October 14, 2018 8:55 am

    I have very few mentors and I lost one with James passing. I just saw him several weeks ago at the Comfort Zone and we planned one of our visits at Shoneys. I had just finished his book on the 23rd Psalm and was deeply moved by his written word. He was a gentle giant of a man and led a life that impacted me and so many others. People like James put skin on God and I know we will meet again on the other side of the Kingdom.

  9. Valarie Wolcott
    October 15, 2018 12:21 pm

    Family of James,

    I did not know James very long, but the times I spent around him were some of my most blessed occasions. His words were soft yet powerful and always from his heart. I am honored to have known him.

    Many prayers to Dawn and the others in his family. I am thankful that God is sovereign over our lives. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. I pray for your hearts to feel quieted in Gods grace!!

  10. Cindy Lockhart
    October 15, 2018 1:38 pm

    James was a part of my sobriety from day one, he was in the first meeting I ever went to and I miss him. Dawn, my prayers are with you! Lots of Love, Cindy

  11. Linda Tomlin
    October 15, 2018 3:12 pm

    So sorry Dawn for your loss. I knew James from the beginning of my new life. So sorry what a loss.

  12. Steve D Mills
    October 16, 2018 4:28 am

    James was my best friend. We talked daily when I was in Nashville. He came father in recovery than anyone I have ever known. He was a humble, kind, courageous, compassionate and loving man who touched the lives of thousands. He was a gifted intuitive therapist who could exorcise demons in the wounded. There will not ever be another James Luna. I miss him terribly and want to reach for the phone and call him up as always but then realize he is gone. He will remain alive in the rooms forever. Rest well James your painstaking work is complete.

  13. Matthew Hansen
    October 17, 2018 8:02 pm

    James guided me through some dark days…grateful that he shared his light.. condolences to Dawn and all that knew him. Shine on my friend.

  14. Kathy Knox
    October 19, 2018 12:41 pm

    How blessed I was to know this man and call him my friend. There are men who are great from the knowledge of the education they receive. James was a great man because the words he spoke and shared could only come from the great wisdom and heart of God. His personal relationship with Jesus Christ tapped him into something that could only come from the wisdom of God. I admired him so for the many lives he touched and changed. I willl see you again someday my friend when I reach those gates in heaven. “Well done thy good and faithful servant.” How wonderful it must have been for him to hear those words! ❤️ and 🙏🏻’s for all.

  15. Marcia McCotter
    October 19, 2018 3:30 pm

    I’m so sorry, Dawn, for your loss. Although I never met him, it sounds as though your husband was a pretty marvelous man; the work he did was most impressive!!
    My thoughts are with you!
    Love, your long ago neighbor, Marcia Mccotter

  16. Finette McCotter
    October 19, 2018 4:04 pm

    Dawn, so sorry for your loss. I hope warm and special memories will help ease your sorrow in the days and months ahead.

    Love, Finette McCotter

  17. Lesley Miller
    October 19, 2018 7:05 pm

    Such a blessing James was to so many. When he spoke those very gentle words, you could hear a pin drop…nobody wanted to miss anything. I loved his stories about his nature walks. He certainly helped me and so many others. Prayers and love sent to Dawn and family. That meeting in heaven just grew even brighter.

  18. Mike
    October 20, 2018 9:05 am


    Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Mike and Cheril Norville

  19. Alan Boles
    December 12, 2018 11:07 pm

    I just learned of James passing tonight and this is sad news for us who loved and respected him and also benefited from his wisdom and understanding. I will always remember James for how good he was at helping others in recovery. All of the things he taught me early in our friendship have remained a bright light for the twist and turns of life. His counseling always hit the bullseye when he was helping me to kearn a new way to live. I am grateful to God for the Life of James Luna and the Grace he passed along through him to so many who still remain here and the numerous souls that passed on before himself. James enjoyed a faith in Jesus that promises us that “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” Imagining the Present James has now comforts me and I am confident we will see each other again.

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