James Walter Stockman, Jim, of Bluffton, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on March 10th, 2018. He is survived by Nancy Murray Stockman, his devoted wife of 61 years. Jim and Nancy raised five children; daughter Cynthia Koehler (Stephen Koehler), son William Stockman, daughters Amy Stockman, Rebecca Bandy (Lawrence Bandy), and Karen Hobgood (Raymond Hobgood), nine grandchildren, and one great grandchild. He is also survived by his sister Susan Sanders (John Sanders).
Jim was born in Prosperity, SC on February 2nd, 1934 to Azel and Walter Stockman. The family moved to Buffalo, NY where he obtained his primary education. He later returned to South Carolina, where he graduated with distinction from Newberry College, lettered in track, and served as editor of the school annual. Jim enlisted in the Navy shortly after graduation. He served aboard the USS Guardian as a Lieutenant during the Korean War and was discharged with honor.
Jim returned to the public sector and found his calling at IBM. He is credited with many innovations including the development of the bar code, which is commonly used today.
A man of faith who loved his family dearly, Jim worked tirelessly to enhance those around him serving in many community service organizations and projects.
He enjoyed traveling the world with his wife, Nancy. He was an accomplished pilot, sports enthusiast, and loved spending time with his family.
Jim was a devoted member of the Church of the Cross. The family will host a memorial service at the church at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 17th. In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions to your favorite charity in honor of Jim.
Church of the Cross
Saturday March 17th, 2018
110 Calhoun Street
Bluffton, SC 29910
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I was so blessed to call this man my father. I love you Daddy and I will miss you so very much. You were the best...the absolute best.
Submitted by Cindy on Mar 14 2018 10:01:01 PM
I will dearly miss Jim Stockman. I have loved and respected both Nancy and Jim since I first met them in the 1960's when Nancy's younger brother Pete and I started dating and eventually married in 1969. Over the last 50 years or so, our relationship with Jim and Nancy has grown even stronger. I have always admired the way Jim showed unconditional love and respect for Nancy. Visiting the two of them and their five children in Dunwoody, GA, was always something Pete and I looked forward to doing. In the last few years, it was equally nice to spend quality time with Nancy and Jim at their home in Blufton at Hilton Head. I will miss Jim so very much, but thankfully I have many happy memories of him that will soothe my heartache. Jim is now at peace and free of pain near God's side. God bless Jim! We will miss you very much! Nancy, Pete and I will always be here for you in the days ahead. We love you!
Connie Enis, Sister-in-law
Submitted by Connie Enis on Mar 14 2018 09:10:38 AM
What a great person!! He is loved and we will miss Jim..
Ralph and Bonnie James
Submitted by Ralph and Bonnie James on Mar 13 2018 07:05:59 PM
When Jim and Nancy stayed for a week in Flat Rock, NC not far from us, Nancy invited us over for supper one night. There was a small lake and there were 2 canoes. So Jim and Nancy in one and John and I in the other. we had not gotten out far when there was a "splash" and we looked around and there was Jim knee deep in the water with the canoe a bit whopsided. It was soooo funny but we didn't dare laugh "until" Jim and Nancy started laughing and that was all it took. He could laugh at himself. That was the kind of guy his was. My Big Brother. Susan
Submitted by SUSAN S SANDERS - sister on Mar 13 2018 04:04:29 PM
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