Betty Ann (Burlison) Balch

Betty Ann (Burlison) Balch, who resided in Lavaca, passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She was born July 4, 1934 in Joiner, Arkansas to Aaron Bartlett Burlison and Avie (Baskin) Burlison. She was 79 years old. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Juanita Humble and Shirley Warhurst and two brothers, A.J. Burlison and Tommy Burlison. Betty was owner and operator of Balch’s Shoe Tree in Fort Smith for 35 years, and was a member of Lavaca First Baptist Church.

Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 at First Baptist Church in Lavaca, with the Rev. Elvis Sneathern officiating. Burial will be at Oak Valley Cemetery, located south of Lavaca, under the direction of Brotherton Brothers Funeral Home in Charleston.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Travis of the home; three sons, Dwight Balch and wife Glo of Naylor, Larry Balch and wife Alesia of Lavaca, and Glen Balch and wife Kelly of Bella Vista; two brothers, Donzil Burlison and Billy Burlison, both of Olive Branch, Mississippi; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Pallbearers will be Cameron Balch, Hayden Balch, Duncan Balch, Matthew Balch, Greg Gann, Dustin Davis, Don Balch, and Kenny Smithson.