GASTON — Dennis James Balmer, 63, of Gaston, died Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at his residence, with his family at his side.

Dennis was born in Roanoke Rapids, the son of the late Robert Lewis Balmer and Addie Virginia Dunlow Balmer. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Betty Ogburn and Virgie Thacker; and three brothers, George Lewis, Marshall and Donnie Balmer. He was employed as a farmer for 43 years.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Wendy Rook Balmer; a daughter, April Balmer Bullock and husband, Tom, of Roanoke Rapids; a son, Dennis “D.J.” Balmer Jr. and wife, Lacey, of Roanoke Rapids; two sisters, Alice Deane and husband, Edward, of Ruckersville, Virginia, and Marie Balmer Melvin and husband, Marvin, of Roanoke Rapids; a brother, Earl Balmer and wife, Mary, of Emporia, Virginia; and four grandchildren, Thomas Balmer, Ayden Pittman, Katy Balmer and Anna Balmer, all of Roanoke Rapids.

The family received from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 11 at Wrenn Clarke & Hagan Funeral Home in Roanoke Rapids, which is handling the arrangements.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 12 at New Testament Christian Church, with Minister Daniel West officiating. Interment will follow in Cedarwood Cemetery in Roanoke Rapids.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at wrennclarke

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