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Dr. James  Franklin Ballenger
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
  • ALS Association South Carolina Chapter
    P. O. Box 280
    Charleston, SC 29402

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“So sorry to hear this bad news , it hurts me so deeply , he was a very close friend and teacher ”
1 of 22 | Posted by: Joe Hatem - Beirut

“I was a young nurse at Greenville General Hospital when he was doing his residency. I looked up to him for guidance in patient care. He was a true...Read More »
2 of 22 | Posted by: Judy Bickers

“I grew up in Easley and was fortunate to know Jimmy Terry and Otis and have just learned of Jimmy's death. Terry was our football manager, Jimmy and...Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: Wendell Cantrell - Spartanburg, SC


4 of 22 | Posted by: judy Alden - charleston, SC

“So sorry to hear of Jimmy B's passing. He was dear friend and encourager to me for years years since 1993 where I started at GMH as a CST and later...Read More »
5 of 22 | Posted by: Genia Harvey - Greer, SC - Friend

“Judy,Mary and I just want to say that we are thinking of you guys at this tough time in your life. I know you did all you could do and Jimmy is...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: Hal and Mary Jones


7 of 22 | Posted by: Hal and Mary - Jones, SC

“Dear Judy, Julie, and Kellie, So very sorry for your loss. I have so many fond memories of our shared childhood together in Parkshore. Sending you...Read More »
8 of 22 | Posted by: Courtney Brown - Shaker Heights, OH

“Irene and I were very saddened to here about Jimmy passing away. We have fond memories and good times to cherish. We always had a good time when...Read More »
9 of 22 | Posted by: Harold Jablon - Columbia, SC

“So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. He was a great guy, wonderful surgeon and...Read More »
10 of 22 | Posted by: Brian and Glinda McIntyre - SC

“Iwas so sorry to hear of Dr. Bs death.During the years he was in Columbia ,I learned so much from him.There were some stressful times,but more good...Read More »
11 of 22 | Posted by: Nancy Walsh - columbia, ID

“Gary F. Earle, M.D. ”
12 of 22 | Posted by: Gary Earle - Lexington, KY

“Thank you for passing on your surgical knowledge on to others. I will always remember the days of working under your supervision. You will be missed!...Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: Michael Brunet - RIVER RIDGE, LA

“Please allow me to extend my deepest condolences towards you and your family. I know this is a difficult time. May you find comfort in knowing your...Read More »
14 of 22 | Posted by: AG

“Heartfelt sympathy to the family, please find comfort in knowing that God understands your pain and will give you the needed strength to get pass...Read More »
15 of 22 | Posted by: Janice - SC

“Thank You, Dr Ballenger. I am forever grateful to God for you! ”
16 of 22 | Posted by: A friend

“I thank God for this man. He led a medical research at MUSC for panic disorder. I was one that was chosen for this research. He stopped my panic...Read More »
17 of 22 | Posted by: Dianne Heard - West Columbia, SC

“I am so sorry for your loss. May God written words and your heartfelt prayers bring your hearts peace and may gods promises for the future bring you...Read More »
18 of 22 | Posted by: A friend

“We are so sorry to hear of your loss. May God's love carry you through your grief. Praying for you and your family during these trying times. ”
19 of 22 | Posted by: MARION & LINDA MIZZELL - SC

“Judy, Julie, and Kellie,I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Joyce Hartzog Thomas ”
20 of 22 | Posted by: A friend

“May your cherished memories of your loved one and the power of God's love sustain and comfort the Ballenger family at this most difficult time as you...Read More »
21 of 22 | Posted by: A friend

“Jimmy B was an amazing surgeon and so missed after his retirement. We all loved working with him and admired his care and expertise. Such a wonderful...Read More »
22 of 22 | Posted by: Tina Sue Lindsey - Easley, SC


Dr. James Franklin Ballenger, 75, passed away peacefully on May 27, 2019, at First Health Hospice of Pinehurst with Judy, his former wife and caregiver, by his side.
Dr. Ballenger was born in Greenville, South Carolina, on March 14, 1944, and grew up in Easley, South Carolina. He graduated Valedictorian from Easley High School where he was a member of the Easley football team and Honor Society. After attending Auburn University, Dr. Ballenger finished his Bachelor's Degree at Clemson University and earned his Medical Degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. He did his general surgery training at Greenville Memorial Hospital and completed his Cardiothoracic training under his mentor, Dr. William Lee, at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.
After completing his training, he was asked to remain on the staff at MUSC in the Cardiothoracic Department. Approximately 3 years later, Dr. Ballenger left MUSC to pursue private practice at North Trident Hospital in Summerville, SC where he practiced until 1986 when he was recruited to start the Cardiothoracic and Vascular program at Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia, SC. Dr. Ballenger eventually joined Thoracic and Cardiovascular Associates of Greenville, SC where he practiced until his retirement.
During his retirement while assisting in the care of his brother, Dr. Ottis Ballenger, who was battling ALS, Dr. Ballenger invented a trach assist device to aid in his brother's comfort. This device was patented in March of 2015 under the name "Trach-Aide."
Jimmy ("Doc", "Bally") loved shagging and beach music, especially Dr. Hook, and he and Judy attended SOS many times through the years with their friends. His favorite thing to do during the fall was to watch his Clemson Tigers play football and to play fantasy football with his daughter, Julie. Jimmy was an expert "horse show Dad" and followed his daughter Kellie wherever she was showing when time permitted. He had a tremendous interest in the history of the Civil War, particularly in South Carolina, and has a large collection of books, maps and CDs on the subject. He loved traveling and getting lost on the backroads of SC stopping to look at historical markers and any old church or cemetery along the way. Jimmy was a lover of all animals, but had a special fondness for cats, especially his "kitty," Jasmine.
Dr. Ballenger is survived by his two daughters, Julie Ballenger Prevatte (Bobby) and Kellie Ballenger Bass (Eric), his former wife and caregiver, Judy Padgett Ballenger, 4 grandchildren: Joseph Ian Ballenger McAvoy, Skylar McKenzie Ballenger McAvoy, Samantha Ray Anderson, and Evan Hayes Anderson. He is also survived by his brother Terrell D. Ballenger of Easley, 2 nieces and 1 nephew. He is preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Ottis E. & Marjorie Moss Ballenger and his brother Dr. Ottis M. Ballenger.
Funeral Services will be conducted by J. HENRY STUHR, INC., DOWNTOWN CHAPEL, 232 Calhoun St. Charleston, SC 29401. A visitation will be held Sunday, June 9, 2019, from 1-2 PM with funeral service immediately following. A reception for family and friends will be held at The McKees, 139-B Market St., Charleston, SC, following the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the following: the American Heart Association of SC Memorial & Tributes Processing Center, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060 or the ALS Association of South Carolina Chapter, P.O. Box 280, Charleston, SC 29402.