Funeral services for retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. James Michael Ball, 51, of Summerville, S.C., will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the North Charleston Church of Christ, 8415 Patriot Blvd. Inurnment with military honors will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Mr. Ball died Dec. 13, 2013. He was born Dec. 3, 1962, at Johnson Air Force Base, Tokyo, to the late Billy Joe Ball and Joyce Lee Freeman Holland. He was affectionately known as “Chigger.”
His military career spanned almost 27 years in field artillery. As a commissioned officer, he piloted three different helicopters and also was in computer networking and communications. He earned a Master of Business Administration from Webster University and was working toward his doctorate. He was employed at Sotera Defense Solutions in North Charleston and was an online instructor for Heald College. “Chigger” was a captain for CenTex Patriot Guard Riders and a member of the U.S. Veterans Motorcycle Club. He was a member of North Charleston Church of Christ.
Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Cheryl Cox Ball; two daughters, Jamie Michal Bridgeman and her husband, Tyler, of Lagos, Nigeria, and Jenna Marie Ball of Killeen; two sons, Jesse Miles Ball and Jordan Monroe Ball, both of Charleston, S.C.; mother, Joyce Holland of Clarksville, Ark.; three sisters, Debra Howard of Burkburnett, Carolyn Walker and Tina Holland, both of Clarksville, Ark.; two grandchildren, Cheyenne and Charlotte Bridgeman; two “brothers,” Brian Rosburg of Fairmont, Minn., and Doug DeVries and his wife, Christine, of Austin; biker brothers everywhere; and his work wife, Teri Smith.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or the Charleston Animal Society, 2455 Remount Road, North Charleston, SC 29406.
Friends are invited to join his family to share stories from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at J. Henry Stuhr Inc., Northwoods Chapel. Offer condolences at www.jhenrystuhr.com.