|Birth: ||Oct. 27, 1923|
Le Flore County
|Death: ||May 30, 2014|
Retired Sergeant Bill Balentine passed away at home Friday, May 30, 2014, after a lengthy illness. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was born October 27, 1923, in Howe, Oklahoma, the son of Lee and Arilla Balentine. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mollie M. Balentine, of the home; three sons and daughters-in-law, Rick and Rita Balentine of Collinsville, Oklahoma, Joe and Cheryl Balentine of Springfield, Missouri, and Drew and Kim Balentine of Joplin, Missouri; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous friends and other relatives.
Mr. Balentine served in WWII aboard the USS Owen in the Pacific Theatre as a machinist and gunner's mate. After WWII he married Mollie Richardson of Big Flat, Arkansas and settled in Marshall, Arkansas where he worked as a mechanic and service manager for Hudspeth Ford in Marshall. While in Marshall, he garnered several Ford Sales and Service Awards, was instrumental in bringing an Army National Guard unit to Marshall, and served as Post Commander of the VFW. Mr. Balentine moved to Harrison, Arkansas in 1960 and joined the 142nd Field Artillary HQ Battalion, where he served until he retired in 1984, as a Motor Pool Sergeant. During his service he received numerous commendations and awards.
Mr. Balentine was a mischievous jokester and poet with a great love of humor and bluegrass music and was always ready to help others in need. He was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church of Harrison, Arkansas.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM, Thursday, June 5, 2014, at Roller-Christeson Funeral Home, with Pastor O. D. Turner officiating.
Family will gather one hour prior to the funeral.
Burial will be in the Maple Leaf Cemetery in Harrison, Arkansas.
Leander Jackson Balentine (1880 - 1960)
Arrilla Scott Balentine (1882 - 1969)
Mary Eva Balentine Pemberton (1914 - 2011)*
Myra E Balentine Sutterfield (1918 - 1992)*
Bill Balentine (1923 - 2014)
Maple Leaf Cemetery
Created by: J & J Wiggins
Record added: Jun 02, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 130765847