In Loving

Samuel Eugene Balentine

August 12, 1950 – June 19, 2024

Sam Balentine, 73, of Chesterfield, Virginia,  proud husband and father, passed away on June 19, 2024 at his home.

He was born in Greenville, South Carolina, in August of 1950 to David and Elizabeth Balentine.  He had one brother, Michael Balentine.

Sam received his B.A. from Furman University, his Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and his Doctorate of Philosophy from Oxford University in England.  Sam’s theological passion was Job and the Old Testament. He was a renowned author, editor, publisher, and professor for over 40 years.  He was also a professor known for pushing the boundaries and pushing his students to think outside the box. Once he retired, he put that same passion into making memories with his grandkids. He took great pride in being Opa (his name for grandfather) to his four grandchildren.  He lived for the moments of reading books in silly voices, making up stories, putting together puzzles, and Sunday dinners.

Sam was preceded in death by his father David Balentine and his mother Elizabeth Balentine.  He is survived by his wife Betty, their two children Graham Balentine (Megana) and Lauren Marston (Jon), and his four grandchildren Eleanor and Grayson Balentine, and Tenley and Colton Marston.

A memorial service will be private to his immediate family.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the IPF foundation.  You can donate here: