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1935 James 2020

James Earl Ballew

October 7, 1935 — September 7, 2020

Henry-Cochran Funeral Home of Blue Ridge announces the death and funeral services for Mr. James Earl Ballew, Jr., known as "Jimbo" to his many friends, age 84, lifelong resident of Blue Ridge, who passed away on Monday, September 7th, 2020. "Jimbo" was born October 7, 1935 to the late James Earl Ballew Sr. and the late Nell Rogers Ballew. He was preceded in death by his niece, Beverly Burgess.

"Jimbo" was a quiet, soft-spoken man of many talents and varied interests. Jimbo had a most unusual ability to analyze any situation and cut to the important facts of the matter. He was a clear thinker. He could exercise this ability in troubleshooting mechanical, electrical, or engineering problems. He also had a keen wit, as evidenced by his occasional social commentary. Jimbo enjoyed life and always took time for friends and neighbors. He was available to help other people, whether it was making an otherwise unavailable part in his machine shop, or just solving an electrical problem on a neighbor's automobile. Jimbo was especially interested in anything mechanical. Some of his interests included antique vehicles, which could be anything from cars, trucks, tractors, or motorcycles. Jimbo loved them all. He also had a particular interest in steam engines. He was a self-taught electrician, machinist and mechanic.

Surviving family members include a sister, Betty Faye Linke and a brother, Eugene Ballew; nephew and his wife, Ted and Paulette Zeskoski; great nephew Nathan Grogan; and great nephew and his wife, Shannon and Deb Grogan. Many friends and neighbors also survive.

Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, September 10th, 2020, to be held at 2:00 p.m., from the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Dr. Tom Jordan and Rev. Danny Kaylor officiating. Music by Tammy Kaylor. Burial will be in Cherry Log Baptist Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 10th, and will start at 12 noon, and last until the funeral service begins at 2:00 p.m.

Henry-Cochran Funeral Home of Blue Ridge is honored to be serving the family of Mr. James "Jimbo" Ballew. Please share your condolences and sign the online guest registry at
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Thursday, September 10, 2020

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