James E. “Jim” Barroll

January 22, 1953 - February 5, 2024
James E. “Jim” Barroll

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James (Jim) Barroll died at age 71 after a short battle with aggressive mantle cell lymphoma. As recently as three months ago, he ran a half marathon and was third in his age group. For over 40 years he was a widely respected broadcast journalist for radio stations in Columbia, Orlando, and Charlotte. Jim worked at WIS Radio in Columbia until 1984. From 1985 to 2016, Jim worked at WBT Radio in Charlotte, where he became News Director.

Jim could get along with anyone and had a wonderful sense of humor, perhaps aided by the numerous moves he experienced as a child. He was born in New York City and spent three years of his childhood in Princeton, New Jersey followed by four years in Austin, Texas. At age 7 he moved to Cincinnati where he lived for seven years. What followed was a change every year in schools: age 13 in Cincinnati; age 14 moved to Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England; age 15 to Nashville; age 16 to Montclair, NJ; and finally a move to Columbia, SC for his senior year in high school.

Jim graduated from Dreher High School in Columbia in 1971 and graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1976 while working part time at the Babcock Center as a bus driver and at WIS radio. Jim originally started as a sports reporter before moving to news. He was always a strong supporter of the Cincinnati Reds and Newcastle United Soccer and attended many games of both teams.

In 1976 Jim married Robbie Lee Owens of Kingstree, South Carolina whom he met while she taught and Jim drove buses at the Babcock Center in Columbia. In 1983 their daughter Amy Elizabeth Barroll was born. Jim coached Amy’s soccer teams for many years. He also provided some of her most cherished childhood memories visiting airports, cutting out construction paper monsters, and reading bedtime stories.

Jim studied for two years at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, where his studies included Hebrew and Ancient Greek. He worked in prison ministry at various Charlotte area jails. Jim and Robbie were members of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte for many years and Jim’s strong Christian faith was an inspiration to many. Jim had a diverse religious background as his mother was Jewish. His niece Agnes Barroll Valdman is a Jewish Cantor.

In 2016, Jim retired and he and Robbie moved to Hendersonville, NC in 2017. Jim loved the mountains and spent many hours hiking and taking photos of sunsets and wildlife. In spite of being hospitalized for a month at age 11 for osteomyelitis, Jim was remarkably healthy for most of his life and ran two marathons and numerous 10ks and 5ks.

Jim is survived by his wife Robbie Lee Owens Barroll, his beloved daughter Amy Barroll, his oldest friend and brother Leeds (only 13 months older) of Lexington, SC (Kate), his beloved sister Ellen Barroll of Phoenix, AZ, his stepmother Susan Zimmerman, and his brother-in-law Jon Blair Owens (Janice). He is also survived by nephews Joseph Barroll, Jon B. Owens, Jr., David Owens (Ryan), and Franklin Owens (Heather), and nieces Becky Shelton (Ricky) and Agnes Barroll Valdman (Edon). He was predeceased by his mother Rayna Klatzkin Barroll Aschaffenburg, his father John Leeds Barroll III, and by his brother-in-law Robert Wedeman Owens, whose funeral was masterfully presided over by Jim.

Memorial Service

Sunday, February 11, 2024
2:00 PM

Church Street Funeral Chapel - Directions
125 South Church Street
Hendersonville, North Carolina 28792


Visiting Hours

Church Street Funeral & Cremation
  • Sunday, February 11, 2024
  • 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM

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  • February 11, 2024
    Nicky Sims says:
    Dear Robbie and Amy, we are so sorry for your loss. Jim was the most remarkable friend, powerful evangelist and kindest person we ever met. He is most certainly in Heaven now with all the saints. Thinking of you today and sending all our love, Nicky, Geoff and family - Swindon UK

  • February 08, 2024
    Mike Kiessling says:
    Robbie, we are so sorry for your loss. I'm not sure if you remember but we had a dessert competition in Tyrone and Sharon's Sunday School class at Hickory Grove. The men cooked and the wives judged. Jim's New York Cheesecake edged out my Triple Chocolate Cheesecake by a slim margin. I never forgave him for that. Jim was a great guy and will definitely be missed by all. Mike and Rhonda Kiessling

  • February 07, 2024
    Dearest ROBBIE and AMY, MIKE and I are so very sorry to hear of JIM’S passing. Our THOUGHTS and PRAYERS are with YALL! GOD BLESS YALL 🙏

  • February 07, 2024
    Nola Lawrence says:
    God bless him/ Nola Lawrence

  • February 07, 2024
    Lin McDowell says:
    I had the honor of working along side Jim at News/Talk 1110 WBT in the news department from 2014 through 2016. He was, by far, one of the nicest bosses I have had the pleasure to work under and was always there to offer advice if I need it. He was about as easy going and cordial as anyone could be and his reporting and writing were beyond professional. To hear him deliver news you felt like he was across the table having a conversation with you. We kept in touch when we both left the station and now he is in the presence of the Lord he loved and served. WBT became a better place because of you, Jim. Our hearts are broken that you've left us and we send our love and prayers to Robbie and the family. You will be missed by those whom you touched. See you in the Kingdom, my friend.