Jim E Walls

James Everett Walls “Jim” passed away on April 12th 2018 with his family by his side.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 36 years Marlana Walls; four children Kristen Springer, Heather (Mark) Lindsey, Brandon (Carly) Walls, David (Yvonne) Walls; 10 Grandchildren Tim Springer, Yvonne Lindsey, Lauren Springer, Gage Lindsey, Miles, AJ Walls, Ava Walls, Nash Walls, Cohen Benton and Parker Benton. His four sisters Diane ( David ) Downs, Barb (Mike) Lanning, Terry Lynn Headley, Penny ( Charlie) Riley. Jim befriended and mentored many over the years and sometimes he even as he said “took them to raise” as his own, of those he thought of as his own are Bryan Horn and Kelly Ogilbee and their families.

He is preceded in death by his son James J. Walls; his parents Virgil and Dessie Walls.

Jim was a graduated of Fairfield Union High School class of 1973 he went on to study at Nashville Auto Diesel College class of 1974 and later he passed his Class A General Contractors exam where he worked as a Superintendent until he retired and started his own adventure.

Jim was a tradesman and an entrepreneur, he became involved in the Ohio Renaissance Festival where he found his passion for and developed his family owned and operated Business Majestic Forge.

Jim was an incredible person, smart, strong, gentle and a superhero to those who knew him. He loved spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, barbecuing and watching Ohio State Football. More then anything Jim adored his Wife and Family and he will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.


  • Visitation Monday, April 16, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, April 16, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Monday, April 16, 2018

Jim E Walls

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April 23, 2018

I first met Jim when he was our new blacksmith at the Ohio Renaissance Festival. He was down-to-earth and likable, and even gave me a turn on the forge, a once-in-a-lifetime chance to play blacksmith. I have never forgotten that generosity. Later, when he and Marlana became the ORF craft coordinators, I knew we vendors would be in good hands. Jim was reasonable, fair, and readily went to bat for us. Moreover, he was a handyman in the true sense of the word, seemingly knowing something about anything requiring tools. He and his son built the living quarters behind my shop, and did a good job of it. There are not many like Jim: kind, sensible, intelligent and useful. He will be missed.

Jeanette Adams

April 19, 2018

Jim was a good man. I was happy to be his aunt by marriage. He and his family keep me in their family when I really wasn't. I love them all.

Lee & Sandy Lindsey

April 16, 2018

Jim was one of the kindest & most generous men we have ever known. He loved his family. When our son married his beautiful daughter, Heather, Jim embraced and loved our son, and became a second father to him.
Jim also had a great sense of humor and a very creative mind.
He will be deeply missed by everyone who knew & loved him.

Joe Warden

April 15, 2018

Jim was the man who introduced me to blacksmithing. He and his family became my dear friends because me and my now wife stood and watched as he made an Iron Rose at ORF. After he finished he gave that rose to Melissa and said that any woman willing to stand there that long deserved it. I am in shock, my heart is heavy, and tears are in my eyes. I have known you over 20 years my friend. Rest in peace, you will be so missed.

Janice Castle

April 15, 2018

Anj Campbell

April 15, 2018

Jim was the kindest and most generous man I have ever had the privilege to know. He was always the first to offer help, and would go the extra mile to take care of those around him. His love for his wife and family was inspiring, and his down to earth humor masked a brilliant, creative mind. The world is a sorry place without him.

Deborah Biggs

April 15, 2018

To the Walls' Family, I never knew Jim but he sounds like he was an Awesome Person with A Big Heart. I am sorry for your loss, & Praying for you all to get thru this tough time. 'God Is Good!' 'All the Time' May God Bless You All & Lift you up in His Precious Hands.....---Amen

Kelly Ogilbee

April 14, 2018

What do you say about a man who knew how to do anything and took friends and strangers in as his very own. Jim was a special man and words can not even start to describe him. He was the type of man once he knew you, woukd treat you like his own, and would take the time and teach you new things. He acted like he was a tough guy, but was really a big ole softy. He loved his wife and children more than anything and would do whatever he could to help others. I am very honored to have had him in my life for 13 years and have another "dad". We had some very special talks and I will cherish those always.... I love you "Papa Walls", and I will miss you everyday.... Hearing you call me "sweet pea" always made me smile.