John D. Ballentine
1928-2014 John D. Ballentine, a longtime resident of Williamstown, Mass. (1955-87), passed away quietly at age 85 on February 6, 2014 in his home at Brightwater, a Senior Living Community, in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Born on July 29, 1928 in Schenectady, N.Y., Mr. Ballentine is the son of the late Edwin C. and Merle S. Ballentine of Mooretown, N.J. Mr. Ballentine and his wife of 63 years, Marjorie S. Ballentine, made their home in Surfside, S.C. commencing in 1988. A 1946 graduate of Moorestown High School, Mr. Ballentine attended Rutgers University and Northeastern University. An electrical engineer like his father, he was employed by Sprague Electric Company in North Adams, Mass. for more than thirty years. He worshiped, taught and served at First Baptist Church of North Adams during that same period of time and subsequently did the same at First Baptist Church of Myrtle Beach (1988-2003) and Surfside Baptist Church (2003-14). Mr. Ballentine was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who enjoyed spending quality time with his family, serving his church community, woodworking, playing golf, square dancing, and all things sports. A longtime high school football referee and church leader, Mr. Ballentine was a positive reinforcing influence on the young people with whom he worked. In addition to his wife, Marjorie, whom he married on June 10, 1950 in Moorestown, he is survived by his daughter, Carol B. Andrew and her husband Wallace Andrew of Canaan, N.H.; his son, Robert S. Ballentine and his wife Addie Ballentine of Houston, Tex.; two brothers, William E. Ballentine and Robert J. Ballentine; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, and multiple nieces and nephews. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services are being conducted at Goldfinch Funeral Home in Murrells Inlet, S.C. on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Wayne Brown officiating, where friends and family may visit two hours prior to the service. Interment follows at Hillcrest Cemetery in Conway, S.C. To sign the online guestbook, or to send the Ballentine Family a personal message, please visit www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com.
Goldfinch Funeral Services, Inc.
11528 Hwy. 17 Bypass Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Feb. 8, 2014