CASTLE HAYNE — James Stanley “Jim” Ball unexpectedly went home to be with our Lord Monday, June 21, 2021, completing his journey here after 59 years.
Jim, as he was known by all, lived in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, for 39 years before moving to North Carolina in 2001. Jim was a lifetime Boy Scout and graduated SPFHS in 1979. He was a certified chef and had worked at the Hilton in New Jersey. He loved to cook for his friends and family and is best known for his special bisque soup.
Jim enjoyed spending time in his vegetable garden and was a certified electrician who loved tinkering with his electronics, especially old ham radios and C.B.s. But what Jim loved most was spending time with family. He adored his nieces and their children and was fondly known as “Pal.” He was the primary caretaker for his “Nana,” and then his mother, always putting their needs before his own. He was an active member at the Bethany Presbyterian Church and was known as the “Soundman” for several years.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert F. Ball; and brother, Robert J. Ball.
He leaves behind to cherish his memories the love of his life, Kathy Oliver; mother: Gloria Ball; brother, Thomas Ball; sister, Karen Hooker (Kenneth); nieces, Nichole, Jennifer, Melissa and Angelina; nephew: Michael; several great-nieces and nephews; along with a host of relatives and friends. He will be missed by all who have had the opportunity to know Jim.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, June 25, at Bethany Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 2237 Castle Hayne Road, Wilmington.
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