James Harley “Jim” Ballew – Now Habersham

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His Lord said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will set you over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord. (Matthew 25:23)

James Harley “Jim” Ballew, 69, of Scaly Mountain, North Carolina, died late Thursday evening, June 30, 2022.

Born in Rabun County on July 30, 1952, Jim was the son of the late Lester and Velma Ballew. Jim was a man of deep faith, extremely high moral fabric, a servant’s heart, and a testimony he shared with everyone he met. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing for trout in the backwaters of western North Carolina and northeastern Georgia and hunting deer in the woods of those same areas. Jim had a green thumb and could grow a plethora of flowers and an abundance of vegetables which he loved to share with others. Jim was a simple country man, his needs were few, his gifts abundant, and his love for Jesus and others shone through in everything he did. He also enjoyed being an amateur radio operator and used the call sign “Slim Jim”.

Local survivors include sister, Martha Ballew Tolbert of Clarkesville, niece Michelle Tolbert Barron and husband Casey of Mt. Airy, nephew Brent Tolbert and wife Stephanie of Clarkesville, great-nephews Grant Barron, Samuel Tolbert and Linton Tolbert , as well as many extended family members and friends.

At Jim’s request, a private cemetery service was held on the morning of Saturday, June 2, 2022 at Hillside Gardens Cemetery in Clarkesville, Georgia.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Habersham Gideons – North Camp, PO Box 1855, Clarkesville, GA 30523.

A heartfelt thank you goes out to the wonderful people at Grandview Manor Care Center in Franklin, NC, and the Four Seasons Hospice for the love and care they have shown Jim over the past few years.

Condolences can be sent to family online by visiting HillsideMemorialChapel.com.

Arrangements by Hillside Memorial Chapel & Gardens, Clarkesville. 706-754-6256.

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