James Estill Wall

March 18, 1920May 25, 2018

James Estill Wall died on May 25, 2018, at SouthMinster Retirement Community in Charlotte.

Mr. Wall was born in Grapevine, Texas, on March 18, 1920, to the late Beulah Estill Wall and Clifford Jenkins Wall. He received a degree in Chemical Engineering and an Officer’s Commission in the U.S. Army Reserve from Texas A&M University in 1940. He went to work for the Procter & Gamble Co. in Dallas, Texas, but was called to active duty in Washington, DC, just after Pearl Harbor on December 14, 1941, and served in the War Department during all of 1942. He transferred to pilot training, finishing on the air base in Sarasota, FL where he met his future wife, Helen Hereford on December 24, 1943.

He was shipped to India in February 1944 and flew various models of the P-51 fighter in combat with the 530th Fighter Squadron of the Army Air Corps (the Air Force was not created as a separate service branch until after WWII). He failed to return from his 41st mission on December 6, 1944 in North China and finished the war as a prisoner of the Japanese.

After his release and repatriation to the U.S., Jimmy married Helen Hereford on January 5, 1946, and then had three children. He then had multiple careers. He spent a few more years with the Procter & Gamble Co. and then went to work for the Celanese Corporation in 1952. He came to Charlotte with Celanese in 1965. Both his daughters were married in Charlotte. He was transferred to the New York Office during that time, but came back to Charlotte when he retired from Celanese in 1979. He then began an 18-year career as the only non-attorney to serve as a Trustee for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Charlotte.

Mr. Wall was Past President of the Charlotte Central Lions Club and a long-time member of Myers Park County Club where he and Helen enjoyed lots of parties, dances, and many games of golf. Jimmy and Helen loved international travel and they saw most of the world from Viet Name and Cambodia to Argentina, Kenya to Japan, India to St. Petersburg (Russia), and nearly all of Europe. They also returned to China to the very air base he departed from on his last combat mission.

Mr. Wall is survived by Helen Hereford Wall, his wife of 72 years; children, Peggy Wall Lafferty (John O, Lafferty, Jr.); Barbara Wall Wilson (E. Meade Wilson, III); and James Estill Wall, Jr. (Joanne DiNicola Wall). He has six grandchildren: Margaret Elizabeth (Meghan) Lafferty, Catherine Ann Lafferty, Ashley Meade Wilson (Chelbie Esposito Wilson), Sarah Wilson Tidwell (Nick Tidwell), James Estill Wall, III (Abby Keller Wall), and Erin Taylor Wall. He is also survived by six great-grandchildren: Andrew Careins, Trinity Joy Wall, Lucas Cash Tidwell, Maxwell Declan Wilson, Elliott Spencer Tidwell, and Caleb James Wall.

There will be a memorial service at Southminster Retirement Community at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 16. Mr. Wall’s ashes will be placed in the columbarium of The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in York, South Carolina.

Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care, Charlotte Region, P.O. Box 470408, Charlotte, NC 28247 or to a charity of your choice.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, June 16, 2018

James Estill Wall

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Carrie Pa

June 10, 2018

Our deepest condolences to the family. The Bible provides comfort and peace during these difficult times. Revelation 21:3-4 states “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. “ May God give you and your family comfort and peace at this time.

Dorothy Stokes

June 7, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. Our Creator sees your pain and is ready to comfort you, as he is the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, and comforts us in all our trials. (2Cor. 1:3, 4) Throw your anxiety on him as he cares for you. (1Pet. 5:7)

Jada Thomas-Anderson

May 28, 2018

My sincerest condolences to the family and loved ones of James Estill Wall. May you find comfort in God's word and his promises that "... there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous" Acts 24:15