Blount & Curry Funeral Home-Carrollwood

3207 W Bearss Ave, Tampa, FL


Edward E Ballinger Jr.

October 8, 1928January 6, 2020

Edward E. “Ed” Ballinger, Jr., USAF Ret., of Lutz, FL died on January 6 at age 91. The family will receive friends on Jan. 22 from 2-3 pm at Blount & Curry Funeral Home Carrollwood with a short funeral service to follow at 3 pm. Graveside services will be held with full military honors on Jan. 23 at 12:30pm at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL.

Ed was born in Talmadge, Ohio in 1928 to Edward and Lillian Ballinger. He enlisted in the U.S. military at age 17 and served first in the U.S. Navy for four years and then in the USAF for 20 years. He rose to the level of Senior Master Sgt. and served as a crew chief on B-52’s in the Strategic Air Command (SAC). His service included overseas in England and during the Viet Nam War in Thailand. After retiring from the USAF, Ed began working for Delta Airlines where he was employed for over 20 years. His family teased him that he only had two jobs in 40 years! His was very honored and proud to be called Papa by his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He loved each of them dearly.

Ed married and is survived by his wife, Carol, and they were married for 68 years. They have four children, Edward H. Ballinger and his wife Tammy, Jack Ballinger and his wife Diana, Kelly Ballinger, and Linda Lins and her husband Mike. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Deanna Orza, Justin Ballinger, Brandon Ballinger, Eric Ballinger, Brittany Ballinger, Amanda Chissell, Michael Lins, Delaney Cioppa, and three great grandchildren, Emery Orza, Elise Orza, and Elliot Orza.

Ed was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather...he will be greatly missed.


22 January


2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Blount & Curry FH-Carrollwood

TAMPA, FL 33618

22 January

Memorial Service

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Blount & Curry FH-Carrollwood

TAMPA, FL 33618

23 January

Military Honors

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Florida National Cemetery

6502 S. W. 102nd Ave
Bushnell, FL 33513


Edward E Ballinger Jr.

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Sandy Roberson

January 18, 2020

I had a preteen crush on my Uncle Eddie. He was very handsome in his Navy uniform!
We visited more frequently when they resided in Dayton, OH. We traveled to Homestead AFB, in Miami, FL, and later on, in Tampa, and Lutz. He enjoyed talking and kidding around with my husband, Art.
Rest In Peace, Uncle Eddie. No cigars in Heaven!😘