James ” Jim” Stanley Ball

August 26, 1961 - June 21, 2021
James ” Jim” Stanley Ball

James S. Ball, of Castle Hayne, NC unexpectedly went home to be with our Lord on June 21, 2021. Completing his journey here after 59 years.

Jim as he was known by all lived in Scotch Plains, NJ for 39 years before moving to NC 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 NJ. 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 CBs. 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 leaves behind to cherish his memories the love of his life: Kathy Oliver; his mother: Gloria Ball; his brother: Thomas Ball; his sister: Karen Hooker (Kenneth) His nieces: Nichole; Jennifer; Melissa; Angelina; and 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.

He is preceded in death by his father: Robert F. Ball, and a brother: Robert J. Ball.

A graveside service will be held on 11:00AM, Friday, June 25, 2021, at the Bethany Presbyterian Church Cemetery: 2237 Castle Hayne Rd, Wilmington, NC 28401.

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  • June 25, 2021
    Scott Burnside says:
    We Love you Jim. You will be missed. I know you are with Christ Jesus our Lord.

  • June 25, 2021
    Caren says:
    Jim will always have a special place in our hearts. xox

  • June 26, 2021
    Cousin Ray says:
    I have known Jim since he was born. While growing up, my family and his family spent almost all our major holidays together and many birthdays and other family events together. His voice will forever be etched on my mind. I thank the Lord that I was able to talk to him by phone last week. I only wish we had talked more/longer. My heart goes out to his family, especially his wife and his mother. I am sure they are filled with grief. Only time can heal such a loss. "And [Job] said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." Job 1:21

  • June 28, 2021
    Scott R. Snell says:
    Very sorry to hear the news about "Jimmy". I grew up across the street from him, went from grammar through high school and scouts with him and he was always Jimmy. Our moms are still friends to this day. Plenty of great memories in those early years. Our thoughts are with you Mrs. B, Karen and Tommy. Cherish the memories, they'll be there forever. Scott, Jennifer & Rebecca

  • July 27, 2021
    Suzanne says:
    Sincerest condolences to Gloria, Karen, Tom and their families: I have known Jimmy/Jim since I was around 12 years old. I was/am friends with his younger sister, Karen. Jimmy was always kind, respectful and had a great smile. He was part of our original “brook gang.” A place where a large group of us kids hung out and were like a family. Even though Jimmy was a couple of years older than Karen and myself, we all hung out together and I don’t ever remember them arguing. I have fond memories of Jimmy and Bobby using their culinary skills in the kitchen. My own children remember visiting Mamie’s/Gloria’s house where Jim would have his food truck readily available for free unlimited hotdogs and drinks. Rest peacefully Jim.