OBITUARY

James Arnold Hallenberg

June 5, 1963July 2, 2019

James Arnold Hallenberg, 56, of Dunwoody passed away on July 2, 2019. Jim was born June 5, 1963 in Kansas City Missouri to Robert Bellis Hallenberg and Carolyn Roberts Hallenberg. He graduated from Peachtree High School in 1981 and received a Computer Sciences degree from DeKalb Technical College. He was employed by Fulton County until his retirement in 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents and stepbrother Paul Hudgins of Jacksonville; he is survived by his stepmother Frances Hallenberg of Dunwoody; siblings Carol James (Walter) of Snellville, Andy Hallenberg (Ellen) of John’s Creek; Bill Hallenberg (Julie) of Birmingham; stepsister Anna Hudgins Searing (Eric) of Suwanee and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, July 9 at 2 o’clock at H.M. Patterson & Son Arlington Chapel, 173 Allen Road, NE, Sandy Springs, Georgia with Internment to follow at Arlington Memorial Park. Jim suggested casual dress. If so inclined, please consider wearing orange or blue in honor of Jim and his beloved Auburn Tigers. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

  • FAMILY

  • James is survived by his stepmother Frances Hallenberg of Dunwoody; siblings Carol James (Walter) of Snellville, Andy Hallenberg (Ellen) of John’s Creek; Bill Hallenberg (Julie) of Birmingham; stepsister Anna Hudgins Searing (Eric) of Suwanee and many nieces and nephews.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, July 9, 2019
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, July 9, 2019
  • Commital Service Tuesday, July 9, 2019

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David Gilleece

July 9, 2019

Jim and I work team information of Technology at Fulton County for few years. He was very nice guy.

Lynn Shepherd

July 9, 2019

I worked with Jim for many years. He was a funny caring guy. When I was first diagnosed with diabetes, he helped me get the hang of my new routine. One day I had a severe drop in blood sugar. I couldn’t think clearly enough to get a sample to see what my numbers were. Jim came to my rescue and did it for me. He was that kind of guy. He will truly be missed.

Jim Mann

July 8, 2019

I worked with Jim at Fulton County. Jim and I went to the only
Auburn football game I ever attended in Auburn. I had a blast!!!
Jim had a great sense of humor . He was a great guy!!!

Carol James

July 7, 2019

Steve Teske

July 7, 2019

I am so sorry to hear about two family members passing so close together. Prayers and thoughts are headed your way for the beloved Hallenberg family!

Steve Teske
Charleston, SC 29412

Carol James

July 7, 2019

Carol James

July 7, 2019

Tracy and Mary Griffin

July 6, 2019

Jim and I were workmates at Fulton County and our friendship continued into retirement. There were two common threads that we had, college football and The Beatles. We were Beatles freaks and loved talking about them. We went together to see Paul McCartney in 2002. We called each other ‘Scruff’ and he nicknamed our workmate, Diane Raymond, ‘Scruffette’. If you are a Beatles freak, you will get it.
Then there was college football. I didn’t know much about college football until I married my wife in 1996. She is an Alabama fan and her feelings about Alabama football is the same as Jim’s for Auburn. I started learning about this ‘fan-ism’ when I went to my first tailgate party. Wow! Then Jim christened me into the Auburn/Alabama rivalry. After an Iron Bowl game that Alabama won, I put a stuffed elephant that my wife had given me in Jim’s work area when he wasn’t around. When I came back from lunch that day, that elephant had been torn to pieces from the inside out and spread all around my work space. I learned the hard way that you never rub it in. One day when on his way back from an Auburn game, he stopped by a college sports store and bought my wife an Alabama screen saver, but he did say that every time he touched the bag, he broke out into a wicked rash. He ended all our conversations with, "Tell Mary hello and War Eagle". Jim was such a kind, loving person with a heart bigger than life. We loved Jim and we continue to love him in his absence. The Beatles wrote,”And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make”. Jim is sure taking a lot of love with him. We will miss him.

War Eagle!
Tracy and Mary Griffin

Parker Short

July 5, 2019

I helped Mr. Hallenburg clean out his house when he was moving to Brookhaven a couple of summers ago. He is one of the kindest men I have met, though he could be prickly he was a truly warm man that cared for others above all else, except Auburn football. I look back fondly on going to the varsity with him and talking sports, our various trips to Costco and just talking around his home. No one had a sharper wit and humor than him, he always knew how to make me laugh. He was a horrible driver and cursed like a sailor but his kindness is unmatched. He helped me develop character and taught me the value of hard work, I am ever grateful to him, he never knew the impact he had on me. The world has lost a great man.

Carol James

July 5, 2019

Last Sunday evening was a gift. I was with my brother Jim. We sat and exchanged priceless “Dad” stories. He looked good and had a twinkle in his eye. He finally said ”I guess I better go to the dining room before they quit serving.” If I had known it was the last time I would see him on this Earth, I would have held on tight and never let him go. A memory more valuable than gold.
Jim was the most generous and thoughtful person you could ever hope to know, supporting the Make A Wish Foundation and Clark Howard ‘s Toys for Kids. Every year we went to Kentucky to the horse races. It wasn’t to bet on the horses, but it was see our cousins. Jim knew family and making memories were the real deal.

Jim loved studying American history, world wars, the civil war and confederate battlefields. The American Flag was on his door. He loved, respected and honored our military. He loved music. The Beatles, The Who, Yes, Eric Clapton. I saw them all with him. But Auburn football took the prize. There was no bigger fan.

Jim had not been well. He was not big on posting personal business on Facebook; however, I believe he would tell you as a cautionary tale: respect the power of the disease. Diabetes robbed my brother of his leg and functioning kidneys. it weakened his heart. It took away his ability to work or maintain a home or drive — his independence. No football games, no concerts, no horse racing. BUT It NEVER took his spirit or sheer determination. I cried when I saw him take 12 steps on his prosthesis.

2016 found Jim hospitalized on numerous occasions. I never, ever heard him complain about the hand he was dealt.

Jim you are simply the best. I would be remiss if I did not say to you one more time “War Eagle.” I love you dear brother.

I thank God for the precious miracle of James Arnold Hallenberg, my brother.

FROM THE FAMILY