James Evans Ensign, 85, died Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, at his home in North Chattanooga.Born in Chattanooga on July 12, 1928, to the late John and Helen Ensign, Mr. Ensign grew up in North Chattanooga and attended Normal Park, Northside Junior High and Chattanooga High School.A graduate of the University of Chattanooga and George Williams College in Chicago, Mr. Ensign directed YMCA youth and camping programs at Camp Ocoee, where he spent many summers as a counselor as a young man, and directed Y camps in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Oklahoma City prior to serving as the founding director of the North Chattanooga YMCA. Following his YMCA career, he directed various youth programs in Chattanooga, worked with the Chattanooga Community Kitchen to help the homeless find jobs, and raised funds for Heifer International to feed the hungry in developing countries. A deacon and elder at Northside Presbyterian Church, Mr. Ensign gave back to his community throughout his life and had particular passions for teaching youngsters to swim, passing on life lessons through camping in the great outdoors, and helping people find employment. An excellent athlete and avid sports fan, he loved pulling for the Crimson Tide and the Boston Celtics.Survivors include his beloved wife of 58 years, Jane Ensign; brother, the Rev. John E. Ensign of Richmond, Va.; daughter, Beth Ensign (Terry Boling), of Atlanta; sons, David (Cheryl Lederle-Ensign), of Arlington, Va., Tim (Barbara), of Chattanooga, and Peter (Erika), of Chattanooga; 12 loving grandchildren, Karalee, Dylan, Kelsey, Willamae, Martin, Kaycee, Timolyn, Peter, Hannah, Ella, McKenna and Erin; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.Funeral services will be held at Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Avenue, at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20. The family will receive friends at the church following the service.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Northside Neighborhood House or to a charity of your choosing.