Bobbie Wayne Balch
Published in The Herald Democrat on April 13, 2011
Balch was born October 24, 1931 to Murphy G. and Mary Lena (Wester) Balch
at home on Honey Creek between Celina and Weston, Texas. He died on April
12, 2011 at the age of 79. He graduated from Alla High School and then
proudly served in the United States Coast Guard. He was one of only four
Public Information Photographers in the nation during his service in the
While he was stationed in New York City as a photographer, he once was
hired to take the backstage publicity photos of Gene Autry at Madison
Square Garden. After his service in the Coast Guard, he played baseball
in the West Texas and Longhorn Leagues of the National Association of
Professional Baseball Leagues and signed as a catcher with the farm club
of the Cleveland Indians in Midland, Texas around 1950.
He met and after a 3 month courtship, married the love of his life, Bettye
Spradling on July 2, 1955. To this union was born 2 children, Kay, in
1956 and Scott in 1957.
Bob became a custom home builder in the Celina area for many years, building
most new residential construction and commercial construction including
the funeral home and Chevrolet dealership in Celina during that time.
He and Bettye retired to live at Lake Texoma in 1978 and spent many happy
years together until her death in 1997. He was a man who loved people
and never met a stranger.
He is survived by his daughter, Kay Goode and husband James; his son,
Scott Balch and wife, Penny; three grandchildren, Brandon, Hannah and
Haley Balch; two stepgrandchildren, Billy Turner and Robbie Goode Williams
and four great-grandchildren. He will be missed by many other family members
and friends. The family wishes to extend their thanks to his friend, Melba
Erwin for being there for him until the end and also the loving care of
the Victory Hospices nurses.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 14, 2011 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow
Chapel in Celina, Texas with Reverend Gary Gibbs officiating. Interment
will follow at Cottage Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at visitation on Wednesday, April 13,
2011 from 6-8 p.m. at Turrentine Jackson Morrow.
To convey condolences and sign online registry please visit www.tjmfuneral.com.