OBITUARY

Ellen M. Balsley

January 5, 1924July 17, 2021

Ellen Lorene (McSpadden) Balsley, 97, of Stuarts Draft, went to be with her loved ones in heaven on July 17, 2021.

Mrs. Balsley was born on January 5, 1924 in Bealeton, VA and was a daughter of the late William and Nellie Irene (Copenhaver) McSpadden. Ellen was a longtime member of the Stuarts Draft Baptist Church and was very active in the Stuarts Draft community for many years.

On April 19, 1944, she married Robert Elwood “Bob” Balsley, who preceded her in death on February 26, 2003.

Mrs. Balsley is survived by a son, Tim Balsley and wife Shirlee; a daughter, Judy Fox and husband Don; seven grandchildren, James Fox, Laura Fox, Thomas Fox, Tyler Fox, Brandon Dillard, Ashley Dillard, Whitney Dillard; numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, special friends and loved ones.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Balsley was preceded in death by a daughter, Pam Beverage and a grandson, Seth Saunders. She was also the youngest of eight siblings, and the last surviving member of her family.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday July 22, 2021 at 11 am at Calvary United Methodist Cemetery in Stuarts Draft, with Pastor Billy Coffey and Sue Haberlin officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Stuarts Draft Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 260, Stuarts Draft, VA 24477

Those wishing may share a memory or an online condolence by visiting www.reynoldshamrickfuneralhomes.com

Arrangements entrusted to the Waynesboro Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes.

  • FAMILY

  • She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Nellie Irene (Copenhaver) McSpadden; husband,Robert Elwood “Bob” Balsley;daughter, Pam Beverage; and a grandson, Seth Saunders.


    Mrs. Balsley is survived by a son, Tim Balsley and wife Shirlee; a daughter, Judy Fox and husband Don; seven grandchildren, James Fox, Laura Fox, Thomas Fox, Tyler Fox, Brandon Dillard, Ashley Dillard, Whitney Dillard; numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, special friends and loved ones.
  • DONATIONS

  • Stuarts Draft Rescue Squad

Services

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, July 22, 2021

Memories

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Chuck Warren

July 26, 2021

Tim and Judy, I'm very sorry to hear about your mom. It's been almost 50 yrs. since we've talked but It's never to late. Give me a call if you have the time. (985) 503-5650

Beth Mosior

July 20, 2021

aaawww my heart is sad but Ellen is home now, seeing Jesus and Bob, wooow am I going to miss the fun times with coffee with cookies and talk about the weather, flowers and how each other are doing :( Ellen you are a BIG blessing to me, will see you soon I think--- as I always said to you ' see you here, there, or in the air -- praying for your family xoxo

Jan Leeth

July 20, 2021

Ellen was the very definition of a classy lady. I met her when my mother was living at Stuarts Draft Retirement Community. Mom and Ellen became close friends and frequently had dinner at the same table with other friends. My mother passed in 2017. Ellen called me a couple of years ago and we had a delightful conversation. We have moved out of the area, but cherish the friendship we had with this lovely woman. Heaven is rejoicing at her arrival.

Billy Gale

July 19, 2021

To Ellen Balsley's Daughter (Judy) & Son (Tim) & rest of her family:. .I am so very sorry to read about Ellen's passing...She was such a sweet Lady that I got to know about 10 to 12 years ago at Clark's Sawmill in Raphine. I enjoyed her friendship & the dances we had....She was a great dancer and nice to know...She will be greatly missed by me and all the Sawmill group.



Linda Benavitch Armentrout

July 19, 2021

Dear Judy,
Your mother shaped the lives of many in our community. I am grateful to have been a part of that group who had her to look up to and respect. I remember her zeal and zest for all things and her creativity with florals and events. I am so blessed by knowing her. Since reading of her passing I have been praying for you all. Know you are loved and thought of often.
In Christ’s Love,
Linda Benavitch Armentrout, Afton Va

Bo Preston

July 18, 2021

Dear Tim, Judy and families,

I have so many special memories of your mom when I was growing up. She was a very kind and elegant lady, and I loved the sound of her voice. My first memory of her is helping us to make hats to wear in the annual Stuarts Draft Church Bible School Parade. I was probably four or five years old😍. I will be praying for all of you…I know there will be a void in your lives, but it will only last a little while, until we are all reunited in heaven with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Love and blessings to your families, Bo

Paulette Furr

July 18, 2021

Judy and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss of Ellen but it warms my heart to know she is in her home prepared for her by the Lord, reunited with her family and friends and becoming a guardian angel for her family on earth...I can not remember not knowing Ellen and how special she always made you feel....even in these last years. I will be praying for courage, strength and peace of heart as you face the days ahead.

Lynn Rowe

July 17, 2021

Ellen and bob were the first people I met besides Larry Chiron in Stuart's draft. Great neighbors. Prayers to the family
Lynn Foschini
Rowe

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY