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Benjamin Ballard Halterman passed away on April 9, 2013. He was born in Sweet Springs, West Virginia, on March 14, 1925, to Robert Howard Halterman and Ethel Robinson Halterman. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Brooks Halterman.
Surviving are a daughter, Lillian Halterman Harding and husband Ronson of Kinston, NC; a son, Charles Ballard Halterman and wife Sherri of Hilton Head, SC; grandchildren, Leslie Harding Blake and husband David, Elizabeth Anne Harding, Jason Charles Halterman, Abby Catherine Halterman, Sandra Kay Halterman, Shannon Claire Halterman, and Brooks Vanore Halterman; great-grandchildren, Connor Zachary Blake, Logan Nicholas Blake, and Riley Jane Blake; brother, Lawton H. Halterman and wife Mabel; sister, Dorothy H. Wickline; sister-in-law, Margaret Halterman, sister-in-law, Jane Brooks Goodman and husband John; brother-in-law Hiram Brooks; and numerous nieces and nephews. Ben was also preceded in death by brothers, Richter, Benoit, Frederick, Joseph, and Douglas Halterman.
Ben was a senior agent with Lincoln National (formerly Jefferson Pilot Insurance Company). He was a member of Temple Baptist Church and Gideons International. He was also a veteran of World War II, having served in the United States Navy.
Ben loved Wilmington and believed strongly in giving back to the community in which he lived. Consequently, he became involved in government serving first as a city councilman from 1971-1975, and as mayor from 1975-1983. He was a member of the American Legion, serving as chairman of the baseball and Boys State committees. He was a past commander of Post 10 and a past NC Department Commander. Ben was also a member of the 40/8 and served as Grand Chef de Gare. He worked tirelessly on behalf of the nursing scholarship committee. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and also served on the NC State Veteran's Commission for many years.
Ben was pleased to have been honored with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the Star News Lifetime Achievement Award, the Razor Walker Award, and the West Virginia Tarheel of the Year Award.
The family wishes to express their thanks to the staff of Pacifica Senior Living for their care of Ben.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2013, at Andrews Mortuary Market Street Chapel. Officiating will be Dr. Del Parkerson and Dr. Steve A. Spangler. A private burial will be held at a later date. The family will remain at the mortuary on Friday following the service to receive friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the 40/8 Society Scholarship in Nursing, UNCW, 601 S. College Road, Wilmington, NC, 28403-5905; Temple Baptist Church, 1801 Market Street, Wilmington NC, 28401; or Gideons International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN, 37214-0800.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.andrewsmortuary.com
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Published in the Wilmington Star-News from Apr. 11 to Apr. 12, 2013