John W. Ballenger, 86, went to be with the Lord on 19 Oct 2022. He was born August 16, 1936 to Edward Russell (Sr) and Catherine Ballenger in Loudoun County, VA. He attended Loudoun County High School and graduated in 1955. John was an avid basketball and baseball player for LCHS and loved to watch sports as he got older, especially the Washington Nationals and Washington Redskins.

He went to work for Safeway Stores and met Mabel Furr at a carnival outside of Middleburg, VA. They were married in the Methodist Church in Middleburg VA on 05 April 1959. John worked at Safeway Stores for over 45 years before retiring in 2001. He had various roles at Safeway, but he was a Night Stocker in his later years so he could watch his daughter, Sara, participate in Track and Field. An avid cheerleader of his daughter and all her teammates, John continued to support her every sporting event through the years.

John is survived by his daughter, Sara and many nieces and nephews. In addition, he is preceded in death by his wife, Mabel, and parents Edward Russell (Sr) and Catherine Ballenger, his sister Mary Frances and his brother Edward Russell (Jr).

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