Carl Steven Balius |
1925 - 2014
The leader of the band has died, but he now praises God in the greatest band of all. Carl Steven Balius died and entered eternal life in Christ on Monday, May 12, 2014. Carl was born in Biloxi, Mississippi on March 6, 1925, and was baptized at First Methodist Church in Biloxi, where he also married the love of his life, Julia Adele Latil, on August 12, 1951. Carl graduated from Biloxi High School in 1943, served on the battleship USS New Mexico during World War II, earned Bachelor of Music Education (1950) and Master of Music Education (1956) degrees from Louisiana State University, and a Master of Sacred Music degree from Southern Methodist University (1964).
Carl began playing the trumpet at nine years of age, and was an accomplished music educator, band director, trumpet soloist and church musician who served many schools and churches: Gulfport (MS) High School, Jena (LA) High School, Sterling High School, Milby High School, Waltrip High School and Jackson Middle School, as well as First Methodist Church of Gulfport, Riverside United Methodist Church, Garden Villas United Methodist Church, Glenbrook United Methodist Church, and the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant. In retirement, Carl and Julia made many friends and wonderful memories in Faith Choir and Handbell Choir at Faith Lutheran Church in Bellaire, Texas.
Carl was blessed with musical creativity, a kind wit, and a love for bad puns. He was a voracious reader, crossword enthusiast, amateur carpenter, LSU Tiger and New York Yankee fan, and unofficial king of the two-hand driveway three-point set shot. Most of all, he loved his Lord Jesus Christ and his family deeply. He was never too busy for his children and grandchildren, and showed remarkable patience with all of us.
Carl was welcomed to eternal life by his parents, Henry Steven Balius and Ethel Murrah Balius; his brother, David Henry Balius; his nephew, Michael Kelly Balius; and his daughter-in-law, Nada Whitaker Balius. Carl is survived by his wife of sixty-two years, Julia; his daughter, Bonnie Sue Balius Cobb and her husband Howell Cobb III; his son, Glenn Alan Balius and his wife, Barbara Morgan Balius; his grandchildren, Nicole Cobb Voglewede, Natalie Cobb, James Cobb, Travis Cobb, Torrance Cobb, Thomas Cobb, and Katie Morgan; his great-grandchildren, Ian Agustín Voglewede and Elias Julian Voglewede; his sister, Betty Joy Bottger and her husband Max Bottger; his brother-in-law, Albert Latil and his wife Ethel Latil; his sisters-in-law, Virginia Kelly Balius and Janice Ruth Latil Quinn, and by nieces and nephews, cousins, family and friends too numerous to mention.
Please mark your calendars to join friends, family, former students and colleagues for a memorial worship service to celebrate Carl's life on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 3:00 PM at Faith Lutheran Church, 4600 Bellaire Boulevard, Bellaire, with Pastor Kerry Nelson as celebrant. A reception will follow in Faith's Fellowship Hall.
Carl's remains will be interred in the Columbarium of the Biloxi National Cemetery on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 2:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Glenbrook United Methodist Church, Houston, Faith Lutheran Church, Bellaire, or to a
Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!
Published in Houston Chronicle from May 25 to May 29, 2014