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Robert Harry Ballew

August 22, 1941 ~ June 18, 2018 (age 76)

Robert Harry Ballew, Jr., age 76, of Nebo, passed away peacefully at the Care Partners Solace Center in Asheville on Monday, June 18, 2018.  Robert was born on August 22, 1941 to the late Robert Ballew, Sr. and Louise Hoyle Ballew.


Robert was a loving husband and father, and recently celebrated 55 years of marriage to his wife, Mary Alice.


A retired school teacher of 36 years, he enjoyed working around the farm and teaching his girls all kinds of mechanical skills, including welding, fixing the tractors and wood working.  Throughout the years, he had numerous and diverse interests, including building an airplane and flying it, riding motorcycles with his wife, gunsmithing, racing dirt track race cars, and boating with his family.  He also was an active member of the Carolina West Shooting Club in Nebo and the Marion Airport, and was a past volunteer firefighter and Boy Scout Leader.


In addition to his wife, Robert will be greatly missed by two daughters and sons in law, Robin Culbertson and Chip, Betty Ballew-Levy and Jim, two grandchildren, Alice Drue Culbertson and David Levy, a great-grandson Jason Bailey, his sister Renee Gentry, and numerous extended family.


A Funeral Service will be held at Nebo United Methodist Church on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. Rich Magnuson officiating.  The family will be available to receive friends from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. prior to the service at the church.  Burial will follow in the Wilson-Ballew Cemetery.  

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