James Balius(1920 - 2006)

James & Elise Balius, Sr.

His - 9/28/1920-2/12/2006 Her - 10/16/1920 - 12/30/2013

Deland Florida

A memorial service for James (Jim) and Elise Balius will be held on February 15, 2014, 2:00 PM at Biloxi City Cementary, Lot 21 Caldwell Street in Biloxi, Ms.

James was the son of Ernest and Opal Balius and was born on September 28, 1920. Elise was the daughter of Neville and Maggie Byrd and was born on October 16, 1920. They were childhood sweethearts who married on July 24, 1939. James joined the Navy and later became a chef. Elise was a housewife and wonderful Mother. They both like to entertain family and friends.

Jim & Elise had three children, Brenda Barber (Harold) of Franklinton, La., James (Sonny) Balius, Jr. of Deland, Florida,and Laura Wilken (Tad) also of Deland, Florida. They were blessed with 10 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.

Jim is survived by one sister, Mabel Gollott, Biloxi, Ms. and three brothers, Rev. Gerald Balius of Melbourne, Florida, Daniel Balius (Voncile) of Lewisville, Ms., Rev. Samuel Balius (Mona) of Springfield, Mo. They are also survived by their loving dog, Pepe.

While we are saddened by our loss, we are comforted by the thought that Jim & Elise are together once again.

Published in The Sun Herald on Feb. 13, 2014