Thomas Raymond Koballa

February 6, 1925 - January 21, 2010
Thomas Raymond Koballa

Thomas Raymond Koballa , 84, of Wilmington passed away on Thursday, January 21, 2010 at The Commons of Brightmore. He had previously been a resident of Fayetteville, North Carolina for 35 years.

Tom was born February 6, 1925 in Palmer, Pennsylvania; he was the son of the late Michael and Anna Koballa. He served in the United State Marine Corps during World War II and after attending the University of Pittsburg, was commissioned in the United State Army where he was a Bronze Star Medal recipient during the Vietnam War. During his Army career, he completed his undergraduate and master’s degrees at North Carolina State University. He later completed his working career teaching Psychology at Fayetteville Technical Community College at the age of 65.

Tom is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Dorothy A. Koballa; a brother, Emil Koballa and wife Erma of Fullerton, California; children Thomas R. Koballa, Jr. and wife Dava of Athens, GA, Donna M. Scroggins and husband Stacy of Jupiter, FL, Michael A. Koballa and wife Linda of Greensboro, NC, Dennis S. Koballa and wife Anne of Durham, NC and Patrick J. Koballa and wife Cheryl of Wrightsville Beach, NC; and 10 grandchildren, Kendal Koballa, Christopher McMillan, Matthew McMillan, Brett Scroggins, Michael Koballa, Jr., Kate Koballa, Emily Koballa, Sam Koballa, Erin Koballa and Kasey Koballa.

His family would like to express a special thank you to the doctors and staff of New Hanover Medical Group on College Road, the staff at The Commons at Brightmore and the members of Liberty Hospice.

The family will receive friends at Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service, from 1:30 – 3:00 on Saturday, January 30, 2010.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Marks Catholic Church in Wilmington or to the charity of one’s choice in his name.

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Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service, 1535 S 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • January 27, 2010
    Lisa Hemenway says:
    Donna, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Lisa Hemenway

  • January 27, 2010
    Sybil and Hoyet West says:
    Dottie, Please know that we are keeping you and your family in our prayers. We are former Lyon Rd. neighbors of Jane and Jim Jones. Our children, Greg and Andrea, are great friends with Jackie and Joanne.

  • January 26, 2010
    Donnie and Andrea Eason says:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Koballa Family.We sincerely hope the you find peace and comfort in the days ahead.God Bless.

  • January 25, 2010
    Wilbur & Catherine Traylor says:
    Memories of the first time we met Tom...he had been in Saudi when our twins were born in Asmara...small world and we ended up neighbors for a while. Alway through a lot of the whole family and sorry we have not kept in touch. We continue to age and treasure each day we have. Our love and sympathy to all of you. Wilbur and Catherine Traylor 1144 Bluebird Lane Fayetteville, NC 28311

  • January 25, 2010
    Rick Williamson says:
    Mike and Pat, so sorry for your loss. My Dad passed away in August so I'm aware of your feelings. If there is ever any thing I can do for you in Lumberton, please call me.