CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- WINK News is learning more about James Arthur, the grandfather, missing for a week. Police found him dead Thursday night in the woods in Cape Coral. The Arthur family is now remembering and honoring the man they called father, grandfather and husband.
Two year old Leland will only know his grandfather, James Arthur, through the stories and photos his mother, Alyssa Kern, shares with him.
"Just the pictures and the memories, that is all I'll be able to have of him," said Kern.
The Arthur family is remembering their husband, father and grandfather as a family man and someone who was strong in his faith.
"He's been a big part of my son's life too. Every time he sees him on TV he says my grandpa, my grandpa. He doesn't understand, he's only two," said Kern.
"He loved life and he loved everybody. He always tried to find something good and he loved his church," said Sally Arthur, James' wife.
The say James was the type of man that would do things for people he didn't even know.
"If you came up here and said I need help for this or I'm going to school and I need magazines, he may not take your magazines but he'll give you some money," said Sally.
Thursday, James' body was found less than 10 miles from where he lived. The own relative of the family, Garrett Kern, is considered a person of interest.
"Nobody else would have done it to him. Garrett was the only one with him so I can't say no he didn't do it," said Kern.
Moving forward is something the Arthur family says will take time.
"I don't know where to start to pick up the pieces. I don't think we will be able to. He wont ever be forgotten," said Kern.
As a family, they'll embrace the memories and cherish the time they had, believing it was too soon for it to end.
"I know he is in a better place now but I just know it wasn't his time. It wasn't his time to go, especially like that," said Kern.
Their faith has them believing James is in a better place and hope is legacy will live on.
"That is what life is about, family," said Sally.
The family has set up a memorial fund. If you'd like to donate, you can at any Fifth Third Bank under the 'James E. Arthur Memorial Fund.'