Robert A. Ballantine Sr.

Robert A. Ballantine Sr. (Baltimore Sun)

Robert A. Ballantine Sr., a retired mason who owned several farms, died Sunday of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at St. Catherine's Nursing Center in Emmitsburg. He was 77.

The son of William A. Ballantine, a mason, and Margaret V. Pennell Ballantine, a Westinghouse Electric Corp. worker, Robert Andrew Ballantine was born and raised on his grandfather's Princess Anne farm and in Dorsey.

He attended Anne Arundel County public schools and then went to work in 1953 as a brick and block mason and also poured foundations. He later established Robert A. Ballantine Inc., which he owned and operated until retiring in 2007.

In addition to working as a mason, Mr. Ballantine owned and operated R&R Carryout in Dorsey. He also owned and operated three farms in Cross Junction, Va.

"He raised cattle but fell in love with them and couldn't sell them," said his daughter, Jewell A. Givens of Emmitsburg.

Mr. Ballantine began racing stock cars in 1950 at the old Dorsey Speedway. He attained professional driver status and enjoyed racing at both dirt and asphalt tracks until retiring in 2000.

He also enjoyed hunting.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Bethany United Methodist Church, 2875 Bethany Lane, Ellicott City.

In addition to his daughter, Mr. Ballantine is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Inez Violet Smith; four sons, Robert A. Ballantine Jr. of Woodbine, George M. Ballantine of Essex, David G. Ballantine of Taylorsville and Wayne Ballantine of Dayton; three brothers, Thomas A. Ballantine of Finksburg, George M. Ballantine of West Friendship and William A. Ballantine of Jacksonville, N.C.; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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