BALCH , THE REVEREND DR. WILLIAM H. "BILL" - passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 6, 2014, after a long illness with frontotemporal dementia. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carol Aydelott Balch; children, Chris Balch and Victoria Lansford of Atlanta, Mark Balch of Knoxville, and Kerri Balch Ridge; grandchildren, William Dakota Balch and Skyler Lansford; and sister, Martha Jo Potts of Minnesota. His parents, Josephine and John Balch; and his brother, John, Jr., predeceased him. Bill grew up as part of TVA construction projects as his father (the late John Nelson Balch) worked for the TVA for over 30 years. Bill graduated from Tennessee Polytechnic Institute in 1959 and received his masters of divinity from Vanderbilt University Divinity School in 1962. In 1975 he was awarded the doctor of education by the University of Tennessee in educational psychology and counseling. He served churches in Middle and East Tennessee, including serving at Church Street United Methodist Church in Knoxville from 1968 to 1972. In 1972 he became the first director of the Holston Conference Pastoral Counseling Service providing counseling and therapy, and supervision of pastoral counseling for clergy in the East Tennessee and Southwestern Virginia area. He was a clinical fellow and approved supervisor with the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy. He retired from active pastoral duties in 2001 after 55 years of service to churches, clergy, families and the community of Knoxville, East Tennessee, and Southwest Virginia. Bill made the decision to donate his body to the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in 1974, a decision which influenced his parents and his in-laws to make similar bequests. His hope was that the students and doctors at UT Memphis might learn something from his life-long ailments and perhaps move science forward one more step. A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 14, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. at Bearden United Methodist Church, located at 4407 Sutherland Ave., Knoxville, with the Reverends Andy Ferguson, Mahan Archer and Sherry Boles leading the worship. Following the service, all are invited to a gathering in the fellowship center of the church for a love feast, storytelling and greeting of friends. The family requests donations be made to the Bearden United Methodist Church Building Fund in lieu of flowers.
Published by Knoxville News Sentinel from Nov. 9 to Nov. 14, 2014.
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Jane and I both were blessed by Bill's skillful counseling care. What more can we say than we thank God for his presence in Holston Conference.
Mack Turner
November 26, 2014
I am thankful to God for Bill. He has helped me greatly across the years of my ministry, especially as I have dealt with personal issues. Glory to God for his very effective ministry!
Danny Hensley
November 24, 2014
Bill was a wonderful neighbor and a warm, kind person. I always learned so much from our conversations. I'll miss him. My sincere condolences to you and the entire family.
Kirsten Benson
November 14, 2014
Carol and famiy, I just learned today of Bill's passing. I am so thankful that I got to know him. Dallas had a great deal of respect and admiration for Bill, and I think they became great friends before Dallas died. I was so glad that Bill was here to speak at Dallas's memorial service. It was a pleasure to know him. You and the entire family are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Brenda Rector and family, Madison, Tennessee
November 13, 2014
Dear Carol and kids, So sorry to hear about Bill. He was a wonderful man and will be missed. Mom and Dallas always spoke of him with love and affection. I am sure he is sitting around a table in heaven enjoying family and friends.You are in my thoughts during this time.

Jim Rector
November 13, 2014
Bill Balch was a teenage leader at Beersheba one year while I was there. I remember him for the way he taught - one that I had never heard. He gave me visions of what I should be doing. I have remembered his good influence on me for the rest of these years. I am 73 now.
November 13, 2014
Carol and family, God bless and comfort you. Bill was a great listener and friend. He truly made a difference in our lives. Thanks for sharing him with us. Love, Perry and Teresa Duncan
Perry Duncan
November 11, 2014
Our sincere sympathies, Carol. I'll always remember those days in Jamestown so many years ago. You and Bill was such a delight to know. I haven't seen either of you in years but certainly have not forgotten you. Floyd and I will remember you and your family in our prayers.- Sue (Lester) and Floyd Carey.
Sue Carey
November 11, 2014
Dear Carol and Family, You may not remember me - but Bill and your family meant so much to me while I was in college at UT and while I was a young adult. I was a part of the Church Street college aged Sunday School class, and we went on many hikes and trips to the Sterchi Lodge. I didn't often see Bill when I returned to Knoxville from Florida,but when I did see him, he let me know about his family and all that was going on with you. There was still that connection!

I know that Bill's life made such a difference to many many people and especially to our family.
Please know that he was dearly loved and appreciated by all the McKinneys.

And - - Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Karen McKinney
November 11, 2014
My love and prayers are with Carol, Dakota and all the family. Dr. Bill was a caring person and I am blessed to have known him.
Cathy Miller
November 10, 2014
With sympathy and blessings to Bill's family,
Charlotte T.
Charlotte T. Linge
November 10, 2014
We have lost a great friend and gifted counselor. We are so saddened at his passing. We pray God's comfort for his family.
Bob and Jean Edmonds
November 10, 2014
Brother Bill, thank you for being a treasured friend to our family. Your inspiration and example has been a blessing to us all.

I'm glad you've found your Thoughtful Spot in the Hundred Acre Woods.
Barry Wallace
November 10, 2014
Bill was a dear friend, counselor, and for his humor, insight, and wisdom I will be forever grateful. He made a definite difference in my life and I know in the life of others, serving the church, his clergy colleagues and their families, and many others who crossed his path. His work in developing the discipline of marriage and family therapy is to be remembered and appreciated. May light perpetual shine upon him and give him peace; and may his family and friends know the consolation of God's presence.
Rita Ellen White
November 10, 2014
My thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time.
Keith Sherrill
November 10, 2014
My thoughts and prayers are with you, each and everyone. I am so sorry for your loss.
Kim Boyatt
November 10, 2014
Bill served his clergy colleagues with grace, compassion and deep caring. He left his mark on my life, and if I remember correctly, he preached at my elders ordination service in 1981. God rest his soul.
Rev. Rhonda Cooper
November 9, 2014
Please accept my condolences. Dr. Balch and I were good friends and enjoyed lively conversations through the years. I am sorry for your loss and happy that he is at peace.
Laura Cox
November 9, 2014
Bill was a wonderful counselor & friend. He helped me answer God's Call & laid hands on me at ordination. What a choice servant of God. We will really miss him. Love & condolences to Carol & the whole family.
Rev. Phylis Hankins
November 9, 2014
Thank you Bill Balch for welcoming and accepting me into the family when Thomas and I came together. I loved your sense of humor and gift of sarcasm. You carried the light of Christ to all you encountered. Thank you for your faithfulness to His calling. Heaven is going to be a lot more fun with you there!
Christy Potts
November 9, 2014
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