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Elizabeth Anne "Bessie" Ballenger King
Birth: Apr. 20, 1891
Greenville County
South Carolina, USA
Death: Jan. 20, 1974
Greenville County
South Carolina, USA

Elizabeth Ann "Bessie" Ballenger is the daughter of Joseph Leighton Ballenger, Sr and Kindness Ida Center. She is the oldest of their children and a sister to Jessie Jane Ballenger Bowen Goodman, John James, Masilda "Sildie" Essie Ballenger Coln Biggers, Texas "Tessie" (who died at age 14), Cordie Lillian Ballenger Williams, Zebulon Vance (who died in infancy), Horace Edward, Rufus Rex, Sarah "Sallie" Ophelia Ballenger DeYoung, Edna Cue Ballenger Henderson Hawkins and Joseph Leighton, Jr.

Bessie graduated from the North Greenville Academy or High School in Tigerville, SC and was the recipient of the Elocution medal in her class. She also attended Draughan's Business College in Greenville, SC to study shorthand and typing. She was the only one among her siblings to graduate high school.

She would for a while work in a cigar factory with some of her sisters. Bessie next began working in the court system in Greenville county, SC and on 10 July 1920 Bessie married James "Jim" Henry King, who had moved to SC from Vermont, serving as a mounted police officer in Charleston, a Federal Revenue agent in upstate SC and a private investigator. Their wedding took place at St Mary's Catholic Church in Greenville, SC. They are the parents of Johannah Elizabeth King Bell, born 1925 and Anne Ballenger King McCuen, born 1927.

Jim died of a myocardial infarction in 1929, when the girls were very young. Bessie returned to work, relying on her recently widowed mother to help raise the girls. She began as a stenographer with the US Marshal's office and soon became a US Federal Deputy Marshal and eventually became one of the first 8 women in the US to be named a Chief Deputy Marshal.

She was a devoted member of Greenville's First Baptist Church and a member of the Business and Professional Women's club. "Momma King" was a grandmother to 13 children. She developed Alzheimer's late in life and died due to complications from a case of mumps.

Family links: 
  Joseph Leighton Ballenger (1865 - 1930)
  Kindness Ida Center Ballenger (1873 - 1951)
  James Henry King (1881 - 1929)*
  Johannah Elizabeth King Bell (1925 - 2014)*
  Elizabeth Anne Ballenger King (1891 - 1974)
  Jess Jane Ballenger Bowen Goodman (1893 - 1976)*
  John James Ballenger (1895 - 1961)*
  Masilda Essie Ballenger Biggers (1897 - 1963)*
  Texas Tessie Ballenger (1898 - 1912)*
  Cordelia Lillian Ballenger Williams (1900 - 1985)*
  Zebulon Vance Ballenger (1902 - 1902)*
  Horace Edward Ballenger (1903 - 1960)*
  Rufus R Ballenger (1906 - 1970)*
  Sarah Ophelia Ballenger DeYoung (1907 - 1996)*
  Edna Cue Ballenger Hawkins (1911 - 1973)*
  Joseph Leighton Ballenger (1915 - 1994)*
*Calculated relationship
Springwood Cemetery
Greenville County
South Carolina, USA
Plot: Section C
Maintained by: Suzannah McCuen
Originally Created by: Robin Farley Dixson
Record added: Dec 12, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 10072320
Elizabeth Anne Bessie <i>Ballenger</i> King
Added by: Suzannah McCuen
Elizabeth Anne Bessie <i>Ballenger</i> King
Added by: Suzannah McCuen
Elizabeth Anne Bessie <i>Ballenger</i> King
Added by: Suzannah McCuen
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- Neil B (John 3:16)
 Added: Mar. 28, 2014
With love, from one of your granddaughters
- Suzannah
 Added: Mar. 7, 2011
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