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BALLENTINE-William Hampton “Bill” Balentine III passed away peacefully on October 12, 2018 in Peachtree Corners, GA. Bill was born February 17, 1935 to William Hampton Balentine Jr. and Ruth Walker Balentine. Growing up in Greenville, SC, Bill graduated from Davidson College in Davidson, NC, and became a 1st Lieutenant in the US Army. Bill married Beverly Lee Higginbotham in 1957 and they just celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary!
Bill worked for the Buick Motor Division of General Motors for 34 years. Bill and Beverly lived most of their lives in Charlotte, NC, where they attended Myers Park United Methodist Church. When he wasn’t playing golf, Bill volunteered at Habitat for Humanity, Loaves & Fishes, and the First Tee.
Mr. Balentine is survived by his wife Beverly, daughter Laura Balentine Jeu de Vine, son-in-law Charles William Jeu de Vine IV, and granddaughter Mary Hampton Jeu de Vine.
Donations are asked to be sent to Myers Park United Methodist Church at myersparkumc.org for online giving or Myers Park United Methodist Church c/o Business Office 1501 Queens Road Charlotte, NC 28207.
Georgia Cremation 3570 Buford Highway Suite 202 Duluth, Georgia 30096, 678-584-0914. Please leave online condolences at www.georgiacremation.com
David Kanous says
Dear Beverly, Laura, and Family:
We are so sorry for your loss. I worked with Bill for many years in Charlotte. Bill was the best boss. Always kind, always teaching, always helping.
I keep a list of Bill’s “sayings’ on my desk at home. While many reflect his sense of humor, many also show his wisdom and caring spirit.
May the Lord bless you during this difficult time.
Mary Jane Dewey-Canfield says
Dear Beverly and family,
Bill was my first field boss at GM. He was a great leader that I have always held him in such high regard. I still giggle at some of those fond times. Every once in a while, I catch myself smiling at one of his sayings like, “we better get there by 11:00 before all those old blue hairs”. He surely was such a gentleman and great man all around. He was so patient and always kind. I was a better person and manager because of the example he set for all of us. I can still here his laugh. God bless you through this time of grief. I know he is with our Lord.