Gary Franklin Balding

March 23, 2020

CHARLOTTE – Gary Franklin Balding, 66 of Charlotte, died at home on Monday, March 23, 2020. He was born April 20, 1953 in Decatur, IL, the son of the late Helen Hill Balding and Fred Emerson Balding. He was raised in Decatur, IL and was a 1971 graduate of MacArthur High School. Gary was a member of St Matthew Catholic Church.

He started his career in the Audio Video industry but ultimately spent the last decade in the financial industry at Wells Fargo Bank.
He was an avid Carolina Panthers fan and enjoyed the occasional golf game but mostly the time spent with family and friends especially his granddaughter, Rachel.

In addition to his parents, Gary was preceded in death by his sister Janet Ann Balding. He is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years, Kathy McLeod Balding; son, Brett Everett Balding of Charlotte; daughter, Brittany Balding Netta and husband, David of Charlotte; grandchild, Rachel Cadence Netta; sister, Lynn Christine Balding-Klock of Rochester, NY.

A service to celebrate Gary's life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Samaritan's Purse,

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Services, Charlotte, NC 28204; Online condolences can be shared at

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  • Stephan Balding

    We never met in person, but he was so helpful and so willing to share his Balding Family Genealogy information.

  • Peggy Rishe

    Kathy, Brett, and Brittany,
    Our deepest sympathy on Gary's passing. We have many fond memories of him while you lived in Brookhaven. He was instrumental in creating the wonderful community in which we live and we love. I was thrilled when I first met both of you since we all hail from central Illinois. Go Ilini! May the love of friends and family bring you comfort during this difficult time. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Bryan and Peggy Rishe

  • The Putnams

    Dear Balding Family, we were really sorry to learn about Gary on Sunday. Please accept our sincerest sympathy and know that we are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. He was a special husband and father who loved his family so much. May all those loving memories help to bring you comfort and peace in the days ahead. God Bless You All.

  • Ajey Ghaligi

    My deepest condolences to the Balding family on this unexpected loss. For the past one year I had the priviledge to work with Gary, a great human being & a wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. He will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.

  • Wendy Green

    The Green family sends our deepest sympathies and condolences towards Kathy and all the Balding family. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Pat White

    Dear Kathy
    I was so sorry to see Gary’s obituary in today’s paper. My husband Brent was asking me why he felt like he remembered Gary. I said we shared a lot of experiences in the early years at St. Matthew. I believe I taught both of your kids in 6th grade Faith Formation. We will keep Gary and all of your family in our prayers.
    Pat White

  • Margaret Wayman

    My prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time

  • Tommy Klein

    Cyndi and I send our sincere condolences to your family. I have fond memories enjoying Gary and your family at 'after work' events and wish you all peace in the memories of a wonderful man.

  • Mike and Sandy Williams

    Our hearts go out to you Kathy, and your family. May God grant you peace, comfort and courage in the days, months ahead. Mike and Sandy