Peterson Funeral Chapel

Jenifer Loretta (Gammill) Balentine, age 86, passed away Sunday, August 1st, 2021. She was a resident at the Aurora Nursing Center in Aurora, Missouri.  


Loretta was born September 30th, 1934, in Timbo, Arkansas to Virgil Odis and Verdia (Goodman) Gammill. After graduating from Timbo High School, she met her future husband, Vernon Herbert Balentine, at the Rainbow Café in Mountain View, Arkansas, where she worked as a waitress. After their marriage, they moved to the Peoria, Illinois, area where Vernon worked for 32 years at the Caterpillar Tractor Company and Loretta was a homemaker. After Vernon retired in 1981, they moved to Harrison, Arkansas, where they enjoyed a long retirement. 

Loretta is survived by a sister, Geneva Cummings, of Timbo, Arkansas, two children; Linda (Max) Blood of Verona, Missouri and Mike (Julie) Balentine of Washington, Illinois. 4 grandsons and 3 granddaughters, and 8 great-grandchildren.  

She was preceded in death by; her parents, husband Vernon Balentine, sister Gennetta Wilcox of Mountain View and brothers Glendle Gammill, Lendle Gammill, V.J. Gammill, all of Timbo, Arkansas. ​


Funeral services were held Saturday, August 7 in Mountain View, AR. Burial was in Pordue Cemetery. Local Arrangements were under the care of Peterson Funeral Chapel.