Butterfield Statement on the Passing of Former Congressman Frank W. Ballance, Jr.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today issued the following statement on the passing of former Congressman Frank W. Ballance, Jr., who served in the North Carolina General Assembly for many years before representing North Carolina’s First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2003 to 2004:
“It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Frank W. Ballance, Jr. As an African American attorney, Frank opened the doors that younger lawyers now walk. In fact, Frank and his law partner, T.T. Clayton, gave me my first job out of law school in 1974. Their law office served as a training ground for many young lawyers during that time.
“Frank was a voice for everyday North Carolinians, working tirelessly to elevate issues impacting our communities. Frank understood the longtime connection eastern North Carolinians have to agriculture, manufacturing, and the Down East spirit. Frank was a giant of a man and I am honored to have called him a friend.
“Like many in our state, I deeply mourn Frank’s passing. He will be missed but never forgotten.
“My sympathies and prayers are with the Ballance family and our entire community during this difficult time.”