Condolences to Statler Brother Phil Balsley on loss of wife Wilma

By Lynn R. Mitchell

It’s a sad holiday season for the Statler family of musicians and for Statler Brother Phil Balsley who lost his wife, Wilma, on Sunday, two-and-a-half years after their son Greg drowned in the Atlantic Ocean at Nags Head.

Many in the Staunton area are grieving the loss:


Wilma Lee (Kincaid) Balsley, 73, wife of Philip E. Balsley of Swoope, died Sunday, December 28, 2014, in Augusta Health. She was born July 17, 1941, in Staunton, a daughter of the late William Lee and Geraldine (Woodell) Kincaid and step-mother, Myra G. Kincaid.

She was involved with Meals on Wheels of Staunton Inc. and helped out with Weekday Religious Education.

Mrs. Balsley was a member of Olivet Presbyterian Church where she was an Active Elder, taught the Nursery Sunday School Class for many years and was also treasurer and secretary of the Olivet Presbyterian Women.

In addition to her husband, family members include a son, Mark Balsley of Swoope; a daughter and son-in-law, Leah and T.J. Dickens of Phoenix, MD; a daughter-in-law, Dania Balsley; her beloved mother-in-law, Marjorie Balsley; eight grandchildren, Brannon Balsley and wife, Heather, Bryce, Krissi, and Tyler Balsley and Caid, Bret, Mae, and Audrey Dickens ; two great grandchildren, Ben and Austin Balsley; a step-brother, Rex Greaver of Staunton; two step-sisters, Doris Goode of Staunton and Linda Greaver of Christiansburg; a special cousin, Bonnie Ryder; special niece and nephew, Teresa Hodge and Frankie Hodge; numerous nieces and nephews; and a dear friend, Brenda Reid.

She was preceded in death by a son, Gregory S. Balsley and a sister, Patsy Ann (Kincaid) Hodge.

A funeral service will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 31, 2014, at Olivet Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Lee Thomas. Burial will follow in Augusta Memorial Park.

Active pallbearers will be Mark Wenger, Wil Reid, Langdon Reid, D. Reid, Ray Leach, Mark Perry, Harry Hogshead, and John Lee.

Honorary pallbearers will be Harold Reid, Don Reid, Jimmy Fortune, and the women of Olivet Presbyterian Church.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 30, 2014, in the Henry Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels of Staunton Inc., P.O. Box 2354, Staunton, VA 24402 or to the Olivet Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 1019 Richmond Road, Staunton, VA 24401.

There is a heart-warming slide presentation of family pictures in remembrance. Prayers and thoughts go to the Balsleys and Kincaids as well as all the extended Statler Brother family at this sad time.

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6 thoughts on “Condolences to Statler Brother Phil Balsley on loss of wife Wilma

  1. Heather Balsley says:

    Hello! I first wanted to thank you for your kind words. Losing Wilma has been a huge loss for our family. I did want to let you know, Greg did not drown 2.5 years ago. He passed away from a heart condition that he was unaware he had. His death was ruled sudden cardiac death per his autopsy report. He was in the Atlantic Ocean when it happened but only up to his knees. Thank you again for your thoughts and for sharing your condolences.

  2. Heather Balsley says:

    Our family did welcome Phil and Wilma’s third great-grandson 25 days after she passed. He is named Elliot Lee Balsley after Wilma.

  3. l balsley says:

    So precise heather. Thanks

  4. Walter Sarrat says:

    Just learned about your loss Phil, while I watch Statler reruns; my late wife and I have been fans forever! My wonderful wife of 30 years passed away last November from cancer at age 71; how I miss her as you miss your wonderful wife! God bless them both as they are with their maker together on Heaven; love you Phil! Walter Sarrat, Kentwood , La.

  5. Judy Herrington says:

    Phil, I just read about your wife and am so sorry. My husband passed June 19, 2014 after 13 years of health problems. I still miss him so much, but what I miss most is the companionship. I will lift you up in prayer.

  6. Maggie says:

    Phi, my condolences to you and your family on the loss of your wife. I just finished watching the Statler Brothers show and goodness the memories it brought back. I love everyone of the sons that you all recorded, How Great Thou Art, still brings tears to my eyes, when I here you all sing it. God Bless you all and may Wilma forever rest in peace.

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