James Walter Stockman



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.