Bobbie Wayne Balch

October 24, 1931 - April 12, 2011

Bobbie Wayne Balch was born October 24, 1931 to Murphy G. and Mary Lena (Wester) Balch at home on Honey Creek between Celina and Weston, Texas. He died on April 12, 2011 at the age of 79. He graduated from Alla High School and then proudly served in the United States Coast Guard. He was one of only four Public Information Photographers in the nation during his service in the Coast Guard. While he was stationed in New York City as a photographer, he once was hired to take the backstage publicity photos of Gene Autry at Madison Square Garden. After his service in the Coast Guard, he played baseball in the West Texas and Longhorn Leagues of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues and signed as a catcher with the farm club of the Cleveland Indians in Midland, Texas around 1950. He met and after a 3 month courtship, married the love of his life, Bettye Spradlin on July 2, 1955. To this union was born 2 children, Kay, in 1956 and Scott in 1957. Bob became a custom home builder in the Celina area for many years, building most new residential construction and commercial construction including the funeral home and Chevorlet dealership in Celina during that time. He and Bettye retired to live at Lake Texoma in 1978 and spent many happy years together until her death in 1997. He was a man who loved people and never met a stranger. He is survived by his daughter, Kay Goode and husband James; his son, Scott Balch and wife, Penny; 3 grandchildren, Brandon, Hannah and Haley Balch; 2 step grandchildren, Billy Turner and Robbie Goode Williams and 4 great-grandchildren. He will be missed by many other family member and friends. The family wishes to extend their thanks to his friend, Melba Erwin for being there for him until the end and also the loving care of the Victory Hospices nurses. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel in Celina, Texas with Reverend Gary Gibbs officiating. Interment will follow at Cottage Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at at visitation on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 from 6-8 P.M. at Turrentine Jackson Morrow

Memorials Would you like to say a few words? Click Here +

Kay and Scott, I am SO sorry to hear of the loss of your wonderful father. He helped me put my Balch genealogy back together and went to our grandfathers grave and sent me pictures. I know you will miss him, nicest man in the whole world. I was just thinking of calling him the other day because I hadn't talked to him for a while. I'm so sorry I didn't. Carolyn Whitaker Johnson City, TN Carolyn Whitaker, May 18, 2011 Scott and Kay, Bob always enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest. He was always happy and had a smile on his face. He was proud of you both and loved you dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. Rex and Sherese Glendenning Rex K Glendenning, April 14, 2011 Dear Kay and James, We want you to know how much we love you and that your Dad was so special to us. He was the kind of father that everyone whould have been blessed to have and he was equally blessed to have you as a daughter. I was so lucky he touched my life. You and your family will be close in our hearts with love and prayers. Pat and Brian Benken, April 13, 2011 My sweet Daddy...we loved you so & will miss you so very much! We are so happy you are back with Mother...she has been waiting for you. Rhonda Kay Goode, April 13, 2011 Kay and Scott, My family loved being with your family. I knew Bobbie the best when he built Roy's (my father) new home. Sometime after that Daddy, Andrea Barrett (Mildred Kalmbach's daughter) and I went to their home on Lake Texhoma for dinner, games and lots of fun. with fond memories, Roylene Klinglesmith Roylene Klinglesmith, April 13, 2011 Kay, I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad was such a fun guy. Please know that I am praying for you all. Denice Burnside Webb, April 12, 2011