James Linton Stills (Jim) was born in the foothills of Greene County, Tennessee. At age 5, he moved to Newton Falls, Ohio where he later graduated from high school. In 1964, he joined the U.S. Army Security Agency and spent two years in Germany. Returning to the United States in 1966, Jim spent a short time in the National Security Agency before going to the U.S. Army Flight School. Upon completion of flight school in 1968, he spent 12 months in Vietnam.
After his return in 1969, Jim became a flight instructor at Ft. Rucker, Alabama. He was employed by Bell Helicopter as a helicopter flight instructor in Iran, training the king’s army pilots. In 1980, he was hired by Evergreen Helicopters to fly air ambulance missions. His first assignment was Herrmann Hospital in Houston, Texas. Next was Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, Indiana. Finally, Jim was assigned to Carraway Methodist Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama, where he spent close to 15 years until retirement in 1994.
Jim is the inventor and patent-holder of “The Original Jimbo Fork”, an easy-release fork. In his spare time, he enjoys making fancy, exotic cowboy boots for friends and relatives.