Claude Kirby “Kee” Ballew, Jr.

Claude Kirby “Kee” Ballew, Jr, of Simpsonville, husband of Sandra Uptagrafft Ballew, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, February 28, 2024.  Born in Fountain Inn, he was a son of Kirby Ballew (Thelma) and the late Sylvia Powell (Jim).

Kee was hard-working and operated a fence company for over twenty years.  Kee loved spending time with his grandchildren, drinking Dr. Pepper, and working part time at Pete’s Diner with his good friends Ozzie and Anthony.

Kee is survived by three children, Christoper Ballew (Sarah), Tiffany Haggstrom (Eric), and Nicole Szabo (Justin); eight granddaughters, Rylie, Brooke, Emma, and Skylar Haggstrom and Isabell, Payton, Quinn, and Sadie Ballew; his father; and a brother, Jeffrey Wayne Ballew (Wanda), all of Simpsonville.

In addition to his mother, Kee was preceded in death by a brother, Scott Ballew.

The family will visit with friends on Monday, March 4, 2024, in the mausoleum chapel at Graceland East Memorial Park beginning at 9:45 am.  The Funeral Service will begin at 10:30 am.  Interment will follow the service in Graceland East Memorial Park.

Condolences to the family of Claude Kirby “Kee” Ballew, Jr.

  • Ray Brown
    3 months ago

    Kirby,Thelma, and the rest of the family. You know that my heart is aching for you. We have gone through this before, and for now you again. Life is not always easy, but we know that this will only be a short time before we will see our loved once again in a brand new world and a brand new body. Only our faith in GOD will help ease the pain. We have been around this for a long time, and we know that sometimes the comforting words can be very helpful. I just want you to know that if you need me or if there is anything I can do just call. P.S. I have been down for a few day with the Flu, but better. GOD bless each of you, your friend in Christ.


    • Thelma Ballew
      3 months ago

      Thank you, Ray. We don’t understand all things, in our paths but, have learned God’s grace is sufficient, to take us through the storms.

  • Karen Lane
    3 months ago

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Ken Richardson
    3 months ago

    We are so sorry to hear. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. May God give you peace.
    Love you,
    Ken and Peggy Richardson

  • Wilton Fowler
    3 months ago

    Kirby Thelma I am so sorry I’m having trouble with my health but please know you are in our prayers

  • Linda VanderBroek
    3 months ago

    Kirby, Jeff – I am so sorry to hear this. Another good one who will be waiting for us when it’s our turn to enter Heaven’s Gate

  • Gill Porter
    3 months ago

    Kirby ,Thelma & Family,
    We are so sorry to hear about your loss. I know the 24 must have one of the worst days of your lives.
    However, God is in charge. We hurt we grieve and have a lot of questions from
    all of us. But God is in charge and we are by his word to find peace thru him.
    God will help us all cope with our grief and hurt,
    The Lord is caring for Kee know. Bless him how lucky is he?
    We will see our love ones soon. But life goes on here. But we never forget them.
    Kirby, love you like a brother. If you have any needs I’m here.
    God bless the family
    Gill Porter

  • Kirby, Thelma, Jeff, and all the family. I was so sad to hear about Kee passing. In the past, I would see Kee at Pete’s Diner, and we had some good conversations about when they were growing up and involved in sports and our familys having some great times together. He will be missed by everyone that knew him. Will keep the family in our prayers.

  • Victoria Ballew
    3 months ago

    SANDRA, TIFFANY, RYLIE, & NICOLE; I am so sorry for your loss and you all are in my prayers and heart always

  • Susan J. Huchinson
    3 months ago

    Will always remember his wonderful personality. Always wanted to make people laugh. Had some great times with him. Kee was one of a kind. Prayers for his family

  • Linda Byrd
    3 months ago

    I am sorry about your son. You are in my prayers.

  • Sandra,
    So sorry to hear about Kee. He was a great friend in high school and I will miss him. I have good memories. RIP Kee.

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