October 20, 1947 ~ January 14, 2022

Born in: San Francisco, CA
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Raymond Ballew, 74, passed away on Friday, January 14, 2022.

Born in San Francisco, CA, on October 20, 1947, Raymond was a son of the late Ray and Grace Elizabeth Worley Ballew. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Irvin “Bill” Ballew.

Raymond was a graduate of Lee H. Edwards High School. He worked for many years at Burlington Industries and Revco Scientific (now Thermo Fisher Scientific). He loved following NASCAR, particularly his favorite driver, the late great Dale Earnhardt. He also loved camping, fishing, his Schnauzers, Buddy and Dutch, and his Lab, Madison. Mr. Ballew was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his wife, Geri Ballew; sons, Raymond David Ballew, Roger Eugene Ballew, and Earl Williams; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Karen Ballew and her daughter April; and several cousins and additional family members.

Raymond’s family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 22 at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. Masks are required for all in attendance.

Private interment will take place at Green Hills Cemetery.


Visitation: January 22, 2022 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. I am so sorry to hear of Raymond’s passing. I worked with Raymond at Revco from 1991 to 2005. Raymond brought an energy to work like no other and we always enjoyed our talks together. Raymond assisted me getting a leadership role at Revco and I still work for ThermoFisher today because of him.
    God Bless Raymond and his entire Family

  2. I am very sad to hear of Raymond’s passing. I worked with him for many years at Thermofisher Scientific. I enjoyed our time together. I will always have fond memories of him. God bless you and your family during this time of loss.

  3. Dear Family and Friends,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one and our friend, Raymond. I worked along side Raymond for many great years at Revco. He was one of the hardest workers I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. He had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed life and loved his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time of grief.

  4. Geri and Earl,
    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Raymond. You are in my prayers.
    I remember the great times we had on the square dance team. So much fun.
    Again sorry for your loss. He was a great man.

  5. Geri,
    Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with and you family. He was a good man.If you need anything let me know.
    Enola Cunningham

  6. Geri and family,
    It’s hard to find the right words to say at this difficult time, but please know that we are here for you. We will miss Raymond very much. We pray that God will give peace to your soul and comfort to your heart.

  7. Geri please know that our prayers are with you during these saddened times. God bless you and the family.
    Ricky and Carolyn Wright

  8. So Sorry to hear about Raymond’s passing. I will always remember he had a smile on his face. You’re in our thoughts and prayers!
    Kim Stanberry Salter,Chris and Scott

  9. Sorry to hear about Raymond He will b greatly missed I will keep everyone in my prayers
    Hate we missed the visitation please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything at all


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