James Thomas Ballard

James Thomas Ballard (born 17 August 1936 near Marion, LA) died August 16, 2013 at MS Baptist Medical Center. His parents were John Thomas Ballard (1893-1946) and Alethia Mae Ramsey Ballard (1894-1949).

He leaves behind Nancy Lou Hall Ballard, his wife of 53 years and their children: Nanette Alethia Ballard Pinkard, M.D., John Thomas Ballard (Cathy), Barbara Lou Ballard Cooper, (Dr. Jay) and James Charles Ballard, (Paulette). His grandchildren are: Katie Annette Pinkard, Helen Elizabeth Ballard, Virginia Louise Ballard, John David Ballard, Catherine Alethia Ballard, Anna Grace Cooper, Meg Elizabeth Cooper, Emma Claire Cooper, Kenneth Allen Ballard, Jamie Lane Ballard, James Michael Ballard and Thomas Wade Ballard.

He was preceded in death by three brothers: Ingram Ramsey Ballard, Ralph Irving Ballard, Pleasant Lane Ballard and a sister, Sunshine Ballard Albritton.

Mr. Ballard enjoyed a most rewarding and interesting life. From an early age he was a follower of Jesus. He served as a Deacon and Sunday School teacher for First Baptist Church, Vicksburg.

He held several positions of responsibility with the Boy Scouts of America. He supported his wife and daughters with Girl Scout activities. He was a race walker, backpacker, and Dutch-oven cook. He liked being in the outdoors.

Jimmie, as his mother called him, earned engineering degrees from Louisiana Tech in Ruston and held professional licenses in Mississippi and Louisiana. He served as a member of the Army Scientific and Engineering Research Program. His high performance levels resulted in numerous achievement awards.

Of all the accolades on his bragging wall, he was most proud of a beginner six by nine inch cross-stitch made by a young daughter that reads “My dad is my best pal.”

The funeral was held at Riles Funeral Home Monday, August 19, 2013. The remains were interned near those of his parents at the Conway Cemetery, Union Parish, LA.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please donate to your church or favorite charity.

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