Elbert Roy Balch, age 74, of Madison, Alabama passed away on June 11, 2022, surrounded by family and friends. He was born to Clarence Beverly and Era Victoria Balch on September 10, 1947, in Huntsville, Alabama. Elbert graduated from Lee High School and was drafted into the United States Army. After being honorably discharged from the service, he graduated from the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB) and worked for BellSouth/AT&T for 30 years. Upon retirement from the communications industry, he joined his beloved wife Opie Balch in their real estate brokerage located in historic downtown Madison. He spent considerable time working to revitalize the Downtown Madison Historic District and maintained a love for the community throughout his life.
He married the love of his life, Margarett Opaline “Opie” Balch in 1971, who survives him. Elbert is further survived by his daughters Tiffany Morris (Steve), Amy Balch, Ashley Blackwell (Josh), and his son Matthew Balch (Natalie). Elbert is survived by his grandchildren Chase, Reagan, and Savannah Blackwell, and Emma, Annie, and Axel Balch. Elbert is survived by his older brothers Morris and Joseph Balch. Elbert was predeceased by his parents Clarence and Era, and his brother Wayne.
Elbert was known for his love for his family and the people in his life. He was an Alabama football fan, avid fisherman, and a cornerstone of the Madison community. He wished everyone to know that he lived a long, full life surrounded by his loving family and friends.
Visitation will be held at Legacy Chapel Funeral Home on Tuesday, June 14 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. The viewing will be held at Legacy Chapel Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 15 from 11:00 – 12:30, the funeral will be at 1:00 pm., and burial will follow at Mt. Zion Baptist Church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Elbert requested that individuals donate blood and platelets to LifeSouth which assists those in need in the North Alabama community. Additionally, monetary donations can be made to Russel Hill Cancer Foundation (russelhill.org) to support Clearview Cancer Institute (CCI) patients in need of assistance.
Elbert wished to specifically express his great appreciation to Dr. Marshall Schreeder and all of his team at Clearview Cancer Institute (CCI) for seven years of incredible care.
Elbert’s final wishes were for all to know that he loves you and to remind everyone that it doesn’t cost a thing to be kind.