Obituaries 6-10

Published: Monday, June 10, 2013 at 09:37 AM.

Paul Balentine, Jr.

Mr. Paul Balentine, Jr. 63, passed away June 8, 2013. He was born Sept. 11, 1949, in DeFuniak Springs to Paul Balentine, Sr. and Bertha Burns Balentine.

Mr. Balentine was a resident of Freeport, Baptist by faith and a member of East Baptist Church. He graduated from Walton High School in 1967. A veteran of the Vietnam Era, Mr. Balentine served his country in the United States Marine Corp and received two purple hearts and a bronze star for his service in combat.

He graduated from Gulf Coast College receiving his Associate’s Degree in Law Enforcement. He enjoyed coaching football and playing softball and providing the mascot for the Freeport Bulldogs. He was an avid fan of the New York Yankees.

He worked as a school resource officer for many years and enjoyed helping the children. He was also an avid Florida Gator and Miami Dolphins fan. He also worked as a deputy for the Walton County Sherriff’s Department for many years.

Mr. Balentine was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Allen Rhodes.

Mr. Balentine is survived by his loving wife of 17 years, Janice Balentine of Freeport; son, Gregory Balentine and wife Elizabeth of Kentucky; brother, Robert Rhodes and wife Cindy of Dorcas, Fla.; sister, Rebecca Gregory of DeFuniak Springs; grandchildren, Greggory Balentine, Brenden Balentine, Christopher Balentine, Christina Balentine, David Balentine; father- and mother-in-law, Edward and Betty Tucholski; niece, Bethany Gregory; and many other nieces and nephews.

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