Thomas James Ballance III
June 16, 1946 - August 23, 2023
Cremation Society of Virginia
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Temple Baptist Church
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Norfolk , Virginia 23509
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“Only one life, twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.” Thomas James Ballance III, 77, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 23, 2023, in Norfolk, Virginia, after a short illness. Thomas James Ballance III, also affectionately known as “Tom”, “Tommy”, “Mr. B” and “Ballance”, was born on June…

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Matthew Comstock left a message on September 17, 2023:
Dear Mrs. Ballance: Mom and I were very saddened to hear about the passing of Mr. Ballance. He had such a profound impact on my life that I'm not sure words can express. He ignited my lifelong interest in history, geography and politics and his interest in my growth was always evident. Taking his geography class as a sophomore was probably one of the best decisions I made in high school, and one of the fondest memories I have of Norfolk Christian. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Kathy Walker left a message on September 13, 2023:
After Dave & I moved from Norfolk to Peoria if I heard Dave laughing on the phone, I knew he was talking to Tom. I don't know anyone else who could make Dave laugh so hard. Tom always brought joy and laughter into any conversation. We will miss him dearly! So thankful for his friendship through all these years. Praying for God's comfort and peace to surround you Patsy.
Nan Walters left a message on September 4, 2023:
I am so fortunate to have had a great friend in Tommy for so long. We sure had great fun growing up. I will surely miss his laugh and the phone conversations. Take care of yourself Patsy. He loved you dearly. Nan Walters
HERVEY & Charlene Trimyer left a message on September 4, 2023:
We always enjoyed seeing Tom. He touched a lot of lives and will be greatly missed.
Dawn Sorrell left a message on September 3, 2023:
Sending love and peace.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Myrna Brockwell left a message on September 2, 2023:
Patsy. I was so sorry to read of Tommy's passing. He was a good Christian man and I know you will miss him much. God is faithful in giving comfort and peace in the time of our loss. He has for me since John's passing. God Bless you and your family. Myrna Mayes Brockwell
John F. Reffit, Jr. left a message on September 1, 2023:
Pasty, Tom was more than a teaching colleague for 15 yrs. but a great friend and confidant for over 37 yrs. ! I KNOW, based on his testimony, that He is now absent from the body and present with Jesus, the Christ, his Lord! We will all have a great reunion someday with him. This will not be (and only you will get this) " ...on IRON BOUND RD."
Joyce and Terry left a message on August 29, 2023:
Patsy you are in our thoughts and prayers. Tommy meant a lot to me. We grew up together, started school together and remained close friends through the many years. I will miss my special friend. Love Joyce
Helen left a message on August 29, 2023:
Tom was such a special man and will be missed dearly. May his memory be a blessing
Diane Roof left a message on August 29, 2023:
Dear Patsy, Both you and Tom have had such a positive influence in my children's lives. So many fun memories come to mind, too many to numerate! So sorry for your loss, know you will be reunited one day. May our Lord and Savior give you peace and confort as you lean into him. We will all miss Mr B, he was truly a great mentor.
David Shirk left a message on August 28, 2023:
Patsy You have my sincere condolences. I enjoyed meeting Tom as a fellow tour guide. He was always very thoughtful in offering rides to and from our departure points as of course were you. He would check up on me when I was not doing well, as I tried to do for him. He was a very caring gentleman who enjoyed a variety of activities- especially in reference to the church. He always expressed his undying love for you, so I am sure you will miss him dearly. My thoughts are with you.
Mona Smith left a message on August 28, 2023:
Dear Patsy, I’m so sad to hear of the loss of your beloved Tom. Sending love and prayers to you, and deepest condolences for your loss. Love, Mona Smith
Diana Dickerson left a message on August 28, 2023:
So very sorry to hear about Mr. Ballance, he was one of the best teachers I ever had!
CHRISTINE HALLORAN left a message on August 27, 2023:
Mr Ballance was such a kind man. I always enjoyed our conversations regarding our love our dogs and trying different restaurants. He will missed greatly!!
June & Vince Matal left a message on August 27, 2023:
Patsy, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Tommy was a wonderful blessing in our lives, especially mine since we grew up together. Love, June
Roland Downing left a message on August 27, 2023:
You took the time and effort to be my friend. Rest in peace!
John W. Bonney left a message on August 27, 2023:
Patsy; Mr. Ballance was such a great teacher and I enjoyed him very much. I had you as my 5th grade teacher and have fond memories as well. Tom, “Well done thy good and faithful servant.” God Bless, John W. Bonney NCS Class of 1990
Paula and Rowland Harrison left a message on August 26, 2023:
Patsy, we are both shocked and saddened to hear of Tom's passing, but know with absolute certainly that he is in the presence of our precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, whom he loved so dearly and trusted completely. He is physically and mentally restored, with no more suffering to bear. Tom was such an inspiration in his positivity and love for others. He served our Lord with such joy and personal sacrifice. He influenced so many young people through his example and teaching. We are heartbroken with you for your personal loss, and are so thankful to have known Tom and to know you. With so much love and appreciation for you both, Paula and Rowland.
Cremation Society of Virginia left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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