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New Garden Friends Cemetery
Thursday August 18th, 2022

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Ernest "Earl" Ballinger Jr.

Ernest Earl Ballinger Jr, 98 of Sanford passed away Saturday August 13, 2022, with his children by his side. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 pm Thursday at New Garden Friends Cemetery in Greensboro.


Mr. Ballinger was born in Guilford Co, son of the late Ernest Earl Ballinger Sr and Alma Roseman Sides Ballinger. He was preceded in death by his wife, Estelle Highfill Ballinger, two grandsons, Brian Ballinger and Stuart Beisler and his sister, Bettie Lou O’Bryant.


Mr. Ballinger was a member of St Luke United Methodist Church since 1960 serving in many capacities including Usher, Board of Trustees, Methodist Men and Missions Committee. He was a Veteran of the US Army Air Corps serving during WWII. On Oct 11, 2019, he was awarded the French Legion of Honor by the French Consul General. He was a radio operator on C-47s with a Pathfinders Group. On D-Day, he was in the first wave, dropping paratroopers onto French soil. He participated in airdrops in the Netherlands, Battle of the Bulge and across the Rhine dropping troops and supplies and bringing the wounded back to safety. Mr. Ballinger also served with the 439th Troop Carrier Group.  He was a life member of the American Legion and the VFW, a member of the Sanford Lions Club and was the first Fire Chief in Goldston.


Mr. Ballinger is survived by his children, Carolyn A. Beisler of Sanford, Robert Kenneth “Bobby” Ballinger (Teresa) of N. Myrtle Beach, SC, and Virginia Rose “Ginger” Boyce (Mickey) of Sanford; four grandchildren, Brandon Jason Ballinger, Eric Beisler (Jennifer), Jamie Williams, and Kim Williams Evans (Chad); many nieces and nephews; his furry companion cat, Nalani (The Diva).


The family would like to thank Amedisys Hospice of Garner for their caring assistance.


Memorial contributions can be made to the Mary Tulloch Fund at St Luke United Methodist Church, 2916 Wicker St, Sanford, NC 27330 or to The Breadbasket, PO Box 912, Sanford, NC.


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A candle was lit in memory of Ernest "Earl" Ballinger Jr.

Cindy Gonella Aug 27 2022 4:47 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Ernest "Earl" Ballinger Jr.

Judy Watson Aug 21 2022 7:54 PM

Bobby, sorry to hear about your dad's passing. Thinking of you and Teresa during this time.

Jinger and Bill Gibson Aug 17 2022 8:24 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Ernest "Earl" Ballinger Jr.

Linda Little Johnson and John Paul Johnson Aug 17 2022 5:31 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Ernest "Earl" Ballinger Jr.

Tommy and Pamela Cameron Aug 17 2022 12:13 PM

So sorry to hear that Mr Earl passed. Carolyn, Bobby , and Ginger, you are in our prayers

Larry Craig Aug 17 2022 8:58 AM

Bobby,Carolyn and Ginger. Prayers for you during this time. Always so thankful for your Dad and Moms friendship with my parents.

Pamela Fitzpatrick Gunter Aug 16 2022 9:24 PM

I first met Earl at the Sanford Nautilus a long time ago. He was sitting at an exercise station beside the one on which I sat. He had that 5 mile stare. I asked him how he was doing and introduced myself. He said he was thinking about ? years ago on this date, June 6th. Of course I knew what he was talking about and we talked for a while and became friends. I had much respect for Earl and was also in the Prayer Breakfast at St. Luke. At one occasion he spoke to our Veterans Remembrance Group about his experience in WWII. He was a hero to me and I will miss him. He always served our Lord and Savior and can rest forever. God Bless America and thank God for Veterans like Earl.

Don Schreiner Aug 16 2022 5:24 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Ernest "Earl" Ballinger Jr.

Big Steve Aug 16 2022 4:30 PM

We remember Mr. Ballinger as a good Christian man. Thanks for your service. Very good neighbor.

Butch and Kathy Aug 16 2022 3:52 PM

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