Leak Memory Chapel

945 Lincoln Road, Montgomery, AL


Cecil Lamar Ballentine

February 23, 1935May 14, 2020

Cecil Lamar Ballentine, 85, of Hope Hull, Alabama died on May 14, 2020. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Yvonne Ballentine, his parents Roy and Edna Ballentine, brother Lattie Ballentine (Bunk), and niece Merry Beth Dodson. He is survived by his loving family: daughters Kim Pair (Tommy), Kristie Kiernan (Kelly), son Barry Ballentine (Andi), and sister Joyce Shouse; grandchildren Michael Pair (Anna), Rachel Pair, Blake Kiernan (Emily), Kory Kiernan, Beth Loska (Brian) and Zoe Ballentine; great grandchildren Carolina, Amelia, and soon to be Baby Pair, Ansley and Olivia Kiernan, Jacob Loska, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Cecil grew up in Tallassee, Alabama. He attended Business College and upon graduation began a career in the uniform rental service. He became general manager of Dixie Uniform Rental Service and later Capitol Linen and National Linen, where he made many great friends throughout the years. Cecil was a loving, caring, and devoted husband and father who lived a life of great integrity. He never missed a concert, recital, halftime show, football game, wrestling match or performance of any kind if his children were involved. As his children grew and had families of their own, his grandchildren took the forefront. He always made sure they knew how special they were; from picking out the perfect Christmas gift to making sure he hid an Easter egg in his pocket for each one to find. They were his heart. Once his great grandchildren arrived, his days were filled with new joy. You could always find a smile on his face while giving them rides on his golf cart, dropping a fishing line in the water, or just watching them play. As dedicated as he was to his family, he was also dedicated to his community. He was a long time member of Capitol Heights Baptist Church. He served as president of the East Montgomery Exchange Club, as well as president of numerous booster clubs where his children were involved. He always supported his wife Yvonne with all of her various community involvements as well.

A graveside service will be held on May 21, 2020 at 11:00am at Greenwood Serenity Memorial Gardens with Reverend J. Warren Culver officiating. The family would like to thank everyone for their love and support during this time. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice in Cecil's memory. Pallbearers will include Barry Ballentine, Blake Kiernan, Kelly Kiernan, Kory Kiernan, Michael Pair and Tommy Pair.

Online condolences may be shared at: www.leak-mc.com.


  • Celebration of Life Graveside Service

    Thursday, May 21, 2020


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Ray Hill

May 17, 2020

I have such a deep sense of remorse for the Ballentine family. Cecil was a good friend and neighbor for many years.
To Barry, Kristie, Kim and your own families, I have such fond memories of your dad that go all the way back to having him in my 3rd grade class in Weoka Elementary School. After that we raised families in the same neighborhood, we saw our children be born and grow up together and lived through many happy moments in life. To all of you I say that God certainly has blessed us in having such fine memories together over the years. I will carry Cecil’s friendship in my heart forever. —Ray Hill

Nell McGilberry

May 17, 2020

Joyce, Kim, and Kristy, I am so sorry for your loss! I know what a close family you have and you are going to miss him so much! I pray that all of you will draw closer and share the grief, the love, and the encouragement! May GOD give you strength, comfort, and peace!

Jean Bass

May 17, 2020

To the family: I was surprised when I received the call Thursday night that Cecil, Jack as his family of cousins called him, had passed away. I know that he is really going to be missed. He is resting with the good Lord and his suffering days are over. I pray that God will be with ya"ll during this difficult time. Just keep your focus on the Lord and he will help ya"ll get thru this. He would always say that when he crossed the river bridge into Elmore county he became Jack and he crossed the bridge into Montgomery county he became Cecil. He was a very dear first cousin and I dearly loved him. RIP

Anissa Hill

May 16, 2020

Mr. B I will miss you! You are one of the best men I have ever known. You are a huge, positive influence on my childhood. What a good man you have always been!!! It was a privilege to have you in my life. I’m glad you will be with Mrs. Ballentine now. She’s probably got your dinner ready! ❤️❤️❤️ Rest In Peace Mr. B! Anissa Hill

Gene Jackson

May 16, 2020

So sorry for your loss. My prayers and sympathy to the family. Cecil was a great neighbor across the street on Greg Drive many, many years ago.
Gene Jackson
Opelika, AL.

Dave Watson

May 16, 2020

Cecil was the GM when National Uniform Company bought Capital Linen in 1992 and I worked as a route service representative for NUS. Cecil wanted to hire me to be his District Manager in the Dothan market and his VP wanted a person with a 4 college degree. Cecil told the VP I had 16 years in the service business and in his mind that 4 years service work experience equates to 1 year of college and since I had 16 years of service experiences there is your 4 year degree. Another saying was, if you got the right people working for you then you are a cheerleader, but if you don’t you become a referee and and I don’t like being referee. I recently retired with Cintas Uniform Corporation with 42 years of service. I have no doubt Cecil was the one of the most influential people in business and in life. He fought to get me that Managers job and I will be thankful. Dave Watson from Dothan Alabama


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