Michael Armstrong Koballa

October 4, 1956June 29, 2013
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Mr. Michael A. Koballa, 56, of Oak Ridge, departed from this life on June 29, 2013, at Wesley Long Hospital. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 4:00 pm Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at Hanes-Lineberry N. Elm St. Chapel, in Greensboro. The family will receive friends at the funeral home, immediately following the service. Michael was born in Dearborn, Michigan on October 4, 1956. He grew up in Fayetteville, NC and was a long-time resident before moving to Greensboro. He attended Western Carolina University and was a member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. While in Fayetteville, Michael worked in Finance & Insurance at Reed Lallier Chevrolet and Powers-Swain Chevrolet. He also worked as General Sales Manager at Lafayette Ford. Michael loved making deals and worked in the car business for 25 years. Most recently, for the past eight years, he ran Green Ford Lincoln in partnership with Dean Green. Michael loved spending his free time at Holden Beach where he had many great memories of boating, fishing, grilling and spending time with family and friends. He was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew him. Michael was preceded in death by his father Thomas Raymond Koballa. Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 18 years, Linda Alexander Koballa of the home; son, Michael Armstrong Koballa, Jr. of Greensboro; step-sons, Christopher “Lane” Clemmons of Fayetteville, NC and Daniel Faircloth of Hatteras Isle, NC; mother, Dorothy Armstrong Koballa of Wilmington, NC; sister, Donna Scroggins and husband Stacey of Jupiter, FL; brothers, Patrick Koballa and wife Cheryl of Wilmington, NC , Dennis Koballa and wife Anne of Durham, NC, and Thomas Koballa, Jr. and wife Dava of Athens, GA; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family. Memorial contributions may be made to The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center 1515 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030. Online condolences may be made at


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Gwen Holtsclaw

July 14, 2013

To Donna and all of Mike's loved ones...I send deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers. I treasure the opportunity to have known and taught Mike.

Greg Pechmann

July 11, 2013

May God grant you peace. I am extremely sorry for your loss. I was a high school classmate and friend of Mike's.

Linda Guthrie

July 8, 2013

My prayers and deepest sympathies to his family and his dealership employees. He loved you all. I will always remember hearing Mike talk about his great love for his family. Mike always made me laugh and I will miss working with him.

Diane Smitherman Dina Hamad

July 7, 2013

Dina and I are your beach neighbors across the canal. Mike was always so friendly and we enjoyed our talks across the canal. We could tell he loved his boats. We enjoyed his sense of humor especially reading his boat names. Our sympathy is extended to the Koballa family.

Joan-Marie Collins

July 6, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Bill and Kara Janssen

July 5, 2013

My wife and I met you guys in Charleston SC at the NCM Twenty Group meetings last fall. We send our thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time.

Cheryl Blackmon

July 4, 2013

Resting in the arms of Jesus

July 4, 2013

Linda, Just heard about this and my heart breaks for you. Praying God's peace and comfort for you and the family.

Lynne Winfrey

July 4, 2013

Dot, Linda, Donna, Pat, Dennis, Tom Jr., we just saw the Fayetteville paper and are all very sorrowed at Mike's passing. When we're together we often talk about
the Koballas, Alexanders, Carpenters, and the rest of Rodwell Road.
Frank (and B.G.), Jim, Polly, Nora, and Mary Jane Carpenter
(B.G. is Frank's wife; she often worked with Mike and Pat in auto financing in Fayetteville). All of our thoughts, prayers, and memories are with you all.

July 4, 2013

We were very sorry to hear about the death of Michael. We will keep you
and your family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Pam and David Darden