Rev. David Alexander Balcom

rev. david balcom
Rev. David Alexander Balcom, age 74, of Northern Virginia passed away on Sunday, April 19, 2009. Beloved husband of E. Jean Balcom; loving father of Daean Balcom Menke (Jay), Jean-Marlene Balcom Dixon (Scott) & Kathreen Balcom Puryear (Sammy); brother of Roger C. Balcom (Carolyn) & grandfather of Emily Ann, Amanda M., E. Claire & E. Alexander Menke, O. Grace Dixon, Sydney F. & Madison R. Puryear. He was preceded in death by his parents & a sister. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the David A. Balcom Scholarship at Wesley Theological Seminary, 4500 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016

Funeral Home:

Money & King Funeral Home

171 W. Maple Ave.

Vienna, VA

US 22180

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  1. J-M – So very sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. May God rest him and God bless you and your family in this difficult time. Clint, Amy, Bob and John

  2. Jean: We share your grief over David’s passing. He was a great preacher and a great Mason. Stewart W. Miner

  3. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. David was a special friend to our family. He will be missed. Neil and Anne Hough

  4. Remember thy servant, O Lord, according to the favor which thou bearest unto thy people; and grant that, increasing in knowledge and love of thee, David may go from strength to strength in the life of perfect service in thy heavenly kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

  5. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God will give you comfort in this difficult time. He was a very sweet man. Joyce (Scotts Mom )

  6. I am honored to have known such a magnificent man. His peaceful nature emanating from within and endless words of wisdom were an ongoing comfort to many. What a blessing for your family to be given such a wonderful husband and (grand)father. I am glad JM graciously shared her pops with me especially when mine was gone. He will be sorely missed.

  7. Jean, I am so very sorry to hear about David You two held a special place in my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.Louise

  8. Our lives have been so wonderfully blessed by David’s presence in them. Heartfelt condolences and love to his wonderful family.

  9. Jean, the time you and David spent at Trinity has held so many wonderful memories. You were both ministers unto all of us and greatly loved. We have been fortunate to have you here close in retirement. Our love and prayers are with you now.

  10. Dearest Balcom Ladies David was there to bless our wedding vows 28 years ago and help us say goodbye to our loved one. May the blessing David so often gave his congregations be of comfort to you now. “The Lord bless you, and keep you; The Lord make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”

  11. Rev. Balcom entered our family’s life when he was the Associate Pastor at the Arlington Methodist Church back in the early 1960’s, and baptised me at the age of 12. He subsequently re-entered our lives at the Herndon United Methodist Church where he officiated at our wedding in 1966. Rev. and Mrs. Balcom attended a 30th anniversary party given by our daughters and it was wonderful to see both of them once again. He was one of the kindest, most understanding individuals I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Our heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Balcom and her family.

  12. Dear Mrs. Balcom, Daean, JM and Kat, Please know how deeply sorry I am for your loss! Rev. Balcom was such a wonderful man and I know he will be sorely missed by so many. All of you remain in my thoughts and in my prayers during this difficult time! Love, Chana

  13. My best wishes to you J-M and all the rest of the Balcolm family. I wanted you to know that I am wishing you strength and thinking of you during these times. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you or your family.

  14. Our deepest sympathy and prayers for your entire family. May your peace come in knowing he’s in God’s loving hands. With our love, Kat – Ronnie & Ann

  15. Dear Momma B, Daean, Jean-Marlene and Kat, I am so sorry for you loss.Your family has always had a special place in my heart and life. Your dad touch my life in so many ways and impacted my spiritual walk greatly. He was always the greatest example of Christ. My heart is sad. Love you all so much, my thoughts and prayers are with you. love barbie

  16. Jean: We were so sorry to hear about David. He was our favorite substitute minister. He had many friends and admirers at Walker Chapel.

  17. David: We will miss you so much and know that God is with you right now. We so much appreated your playing the piano here at Ashby Ponds and especially the Tennessee Waltz for us after dinner time. May God bless you and be close to Jean and you family during this period.

  18. Our kindest thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. He will be missed and leaves very fond memories for so many. His kindest will live on in all of our hearts. With Peace, Pete & Flo Apperson & Family

  19. Dave’s stint as associate minister at Arlington Forest Methodist encompassed the end of my stint as a high school student, and my first three years as a college student. Coordinating the youth program was a collateral duty for him, and he had a very beneficial effect on all of us that were in his sphere of influence. He was wise and savvy way beyond his age – in his 20’s at the time – and was able to well and truly connect with and steer us better than anybody should have ever hoped for. And as we came of age, and started to pay attention to, and discern the differences in adults, we all recognized that Dave was a special person. He was always a favorite of my parents, and he seemed to hold them in special regard – which was deserved; but then again he really held just about everybody in high regard. In any case, he never lost touch with them, and long after he left Arlington Forest, he was popping in on my parents whenever they were in the hospital, showing care and concern that gives everyone a lift at such times, and helping them to deal with their apprehensions and anxieties. He paid visits to both my parents during their final days in hospitals. If you tried to come up with a laundry list of what would make for a good servant of the Lord, and a good minister to a congregation, that would be Dave. Norman Griest

  20. Knowing that David has been not only a friend of the family; mentor to me while in school; he has fought many battles over the past years. Now his last battle is over and we are left with a void. I still feel blessed to have known him, Jean and his family; he was a devoted minister; understanding of many things; never critical and had a firmness which came through with his take on life from another angle. Not only did I know him as a teenager; we remained friends as the years went on. In fact, he and Jean honored my family with their presence at my mother’s many(including her 99th) celebrated birthday parties – she always remembered them and the dedication that he and Jean gave for the many years in Arlington Forest. I was fortunate to have served at AFMC in many capacities and will always hold David in the highest esteem. He was the ulimate friend! May God also hold him close at hand forever.

  21. Our deepest sympathy in the loss of a wonderful husband and father. I remember your time in Manassas at Grace when Red Hough was at St. Thomas UMC.

  22. We loved David and Jean and family for many years. My mother Marilyn Osusky knew them when I was very young and they were new to our church in Herndon. There is now a void in our hearts that was once filled with David’s warm love of church and congregation. Please know that we send all our love and prayers.

  23. Our family was blessed to have David and Jean as our friends for many years, even though our time together at Arl Forest Methodist Church was almost 50 years ago. David ‘s concern and care touched our family, especially during our mother’s hospitalization and the celebration of her birthdays in her 90’s. David was a special friend to my brother, Ken. Jean, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope to see you in the near future. Love and peace, Carole

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