Ballard Family Obituaries
All descended from William and Nancy Clemens/Clements Ballard of Martin County

The Vincennes Morning Commercial
Friday, 24 April 1914

Agnes May Ballard, wife of Ollie Lee Ballard, died at l p. m., Thursday at the family residence on the Maggie White farm on Allison Prairie west of the city.  The deceased was aged twenty years, eight months and twenty-two days.  The funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 10 o'clock from the St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, the funeral cortege leaving the residence on Allison Prairie at 8 o'clock.  Interment in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

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The Springs Valley Herald
9 November 1911
Audry Ballard

Audry, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Ballard, died at an early hour Sunday morning, of tuberculosis.  She was very young indeed to be called away with that dreadful disease, being near her sixth birthday.  The interment took place at Ames cemetery.  Rev. Haley, of French Lick, conducted the services.

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The Sullivan Daily Times
Monday, 31 March 1924

Bertha May Ballard

Bertha May, the little ten months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Ballard died last Tuesday night following  a several weeks illness of measles and pneumonia.
The funeral was held at the Methodist church Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. and was conducted by Rev. Simon Bennett.
The following little girls acted as flower girls and pall bearers: Loree Coyner, Pauline Hubble, Vivian Kaufman, Evelyn Arnett, Mary Boone, Juanita McKinley, ____Morris, and Doris Thornton.
Misses Mabel Alexander, Juna Ruth Butler, Louise Eaton and Ruth Bennett sang the funeral hymns.
Bertha May is survived by the parents and following brothers and sisters, Ray, Rollie, Ralph, Robert, Jessie, Fae and Lottie and seven half brothers and sisters.  Out of town relatives attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Lee Ballard of Robinson and Bert Brummett of Story, Ill.

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The Commercial Appeal
9 February 2011

Carl Ballard

Carl Ballard, 64, died February 4 2011, at DCH Regional Hospital in Tuscaloosa, AL. He was a U. S. Army veteran. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Evelyn Ballard and brother, Jimmy Ballard. He is survived by two brothers, Lee (Myong) Ballard of Arizona and Paul (Ann) Ballard of Colorado, a twin sister, Carol (Andy) Priora of Memphis and nephew, Roy W. Priora of Kentucky. Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, February 11 at Roller Family Funeral home with private burial.

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The Jasper Herald
26 December 1906

Charles Ballard

Charles Ballard, a middle-aged man of Hillham, who made his home with his brother and sisters part of the time and part of the time at Dr. Wm. A. Line's residence, was killed last Saturday.  Mr. Ballard and Knofel Line, a son of Dr. Line, were at Wm. R. Fuller's saloon in the forenoon, and had a quarrel.  Knofel drew a pistol and Ballard a knife.  Mr. Fuller got the weapons from them and they left the place.  At about 5 o'clock p.m. Mr. Line in company with Jim Chastain, came back to the saloon and Line begged the pistol from Mr. Fuller, claiming it belonged to the doctor, his father.  Mr. Fuller gave him the pistol on promise that he would take it and go home.  Line and Chastain started toward home, but did not go.  Mr. Fuller locked up the saloon and went home some 100 yards from the saloon building.  In a few minutes Mr. Ballard came came up the road and was passing the saloon.  Line and Chastain were a few steps from the saloon, and when they saw Ballard, Line called him to the side of the saloon to have a talk.  Mrs. Zeeks, living upstairs in the saloon building, heard Mr. Ballard say, "No, you must not do that."  Mrs. Zeeks looked out of the window and saw Mr. Ballard with his hands on Line's shoulders, telling him he had nothing against him and did not want any trouble.   Mr. Chastain whispered to Line something that Mrs. Zeeks could not hear, upon which Ballard said, "No, Jim you must not tell Knofel to do that."  About that time Line drew the pistol out of his hip pocket and fired three times.  The two fell, Ballard falling on top.  Line got out from under and standing over Ballard, snapped the pistol in the face of the dying man.  Line and Chastain then walked to a barn a few rods away, turned and came back.  Chastain says, "You have killed the d--- son of a b----."  Line says, "If I haven't I will." and snapped the pistol in Ballard's face again.  Line and Chastain were lodged in jail at Jasper by John Ballard of French Lick, a cousin of the murdered man.

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The St. Petersburg Times (FL)
Tuesday, October 13, 1987


CHARLES E. ''CHAD'' BALLARD, 73, who accidentally killed his wife, Alicia Chimiak Ballard, while trying to commit suicide in 1982, died Friday in Indianapolis. Mr. Ballard, who had been ailing since suffering a stroke in 1979, pleaded guilty to reckless homicide. In addition to a five-year suspended sentence and a $10,000 fine, a judge ordered him to write a book about his family's past. The book, The Ballards in Indiana, was a tribute to Mr. Ballard's father, Charles Edward Ballard, whose charitable works included the donation of the West Baden Springs Hotel to the Society of Jesus for use as a seminary.

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The Los Angeles Times (CA)
Wednesday, 14 October, 1987

Charles E. Ballard; Figure in Family Slaying, Misfortunes

Charles E. (Chad) Ballard, 73, who five years ago tried to kill himself but killed his wife instead. He was the son of Charles Edward Ballard, who owned casinos, farmland and several circuses. Misfortune began to plague the Ballard family in 1936 when the elder Ballard was shot to death in a dispute with a business associate. He had owned the plush West Baden Springs Hotel in Indianapolis, a one-time meeting place for such notorious figures as gangster Al Capone. The younger Ballard, who had been ailing since suffering a stroke in 1979, accidentally shot Alicia Chimiak Ballard to death in an April, 1982, suicide attempt. Ballard pleaded guilty to reckless homicide. In addition to a five-year suspended sentence and a $10,000 fine, a judge ordered Ballard to write a book about his family's past. "The Ballards in Indiana" was a tribute to the elder Ballard's charitable works, the author said. On Friday, somewhere in Indiana of undisclosed causes.

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The Pharos-Tribune
19 February 1949

Dolly (Finfrock) Ballard

Final Rites Monday For Dolly Ballard

WEST BADEN, Ind., Feb. 19 - (UP) - Services were arranged today for Mrs. Dolly Ballard, 58, widow of the man who gave one of the world's most fabulous resort hotels to a religious order.
Mrs. Ballard died in Miami Beach, Fla., Thursday.   Services will be held Monday in the chapel of West Baden college, a Jesuit Society institution which occupies what once was West Baden Springs hotel.
Mrs. Ballard's husband, Charles Edward Ballard, operated the hotel in this mineral springs area in the lush days of the 1920's.  During the depression year of 1934, he gave it to the Catholic order as a site for a priest training school.

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The Kokomo Tribune
21 February 1949

Dolly (Finfrock) Ballard

Mrs. Ed Ballard Dies

Funeral services for Mrs. Dolly Ballard, 58, mother of Charles Edward Ballard Jr., Peru route 1, who died at Miami, Florida, Thursday, will be held at 10 o'clock Monday morning in the West Baden college chapel, West Baden Springs, Ind.
Mrs. Ballard was the widow of Charles Ballard who operated the former West Baden Springs Hotel in the 1920's, when many people were attracted to the mineral springs area.  In 1934 he gave the hotel to the Jesuit society as a site for a priest training school.
Surviving besides the son mentioned are a daughter, Mrs. John P. Kelly, and three grandchildren.

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The Vincennes Sun-Commercial
14 December  2009

Doris Irene Ballard
Doris Irene Ballard, 83, 4094 E. State Road 61, passed away at 9:45 p.m. on

Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at the New Willow Manor.
Doris was born on May 22, 1926, the daughter of Charles and Sylvia (White) Raney. She married James O. Ballard on Sept. 26, 1942, and he passed away on May 14, 2005.
Doris was a homemaker and an Avon representative. She also worked at Squibbs during WWII. She also was a member of First Christian Church. Doris also was a member of the American Legion and VFW auxiliaries and enjoyed sewing, gardening, cooking and canning.
Survivors include daughters Janice Murphy and her husband, Tom, of Greenwood; Becky Lemons and her significant other, Randy Holzmiller, of Monroe City; Sue Vories and her husband, Maurice "Bud" of Vincennes; and sisters Carolyn Bilskie of Vincennes, Judy Ritterskamp of Vincennes and Juanita Burris of Vincennes. Also surviving are six grandchildren, Brian Murphy, Eric Murphy, Michael Murphy, Michelle Spears, Jennifer McCammon and Josh Vories, and nine great-grandchildren. Doris was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one grandson, Justin Vories; three sisters; and two brothers.

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The Vincennes Sun Commercial
29 March 1945

Earl Ballard


Word has been received by Mrs. Dica Geyer Ogborn, 613 Broadway, that her nephew, Earl Ballard, was killed in action on Feb. 27, on Luzon Island in the Philippines.
He was a son of Scott Ballard, who now is in serious condition in a hospital at Alton, Ill.
Earl Ballard was on guard duty at Pearl Harbor on the day that base was bombed, and has never been home since.
He has another aunt here, Mrs. Sarah McClary, 822 Buntin, and two uncles, Guy Ballard and Charles Ballard of Lawrenceville.  He has two brothers also in the service, Virgil Ballard in the South Pacific and Eugene Ballard, still serving in this country.  Still another brother, Roy, lives in Plymouth, Ill., and two sisters, living in Maplewood, Ill.

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The Martin County Tribune
27 February 1914


Mrs. Elizabeth Ballard

Mrs. Elizabeth Ballard passed away at her home at Natchez on February 14th at the age of eighty-two years.
Mrs. Elizabeth Wolfington-Ballard was born in French Lick, Orange county, Indiana.  In the year 1848 she was married to Thomas Westfall. To this union two sons were born, William Westfall, of Beaumont, Kansas; and Samuel  Westfall, of Illinois; and one daughter, Mrs. William Salmon, of Natchez. Her first husband died in 1853,  at their home in northwestern Illinois. She came back to the place of her birth with her three children and in the year 1855 was united in marriage to Jackson Ballard of Martin county. To this union three sons and two daughters were born. The surviving are John L. Ballard, of Merom, Indiana; James G. Ballard, of Natchez.  When quite young she united with the Methodist church and lived a consistent Christian life. 
She also leaves three sisters, Mrs. Jane Archer and Mrs. James Kirkland, of Martin county; and Mrs. Luvici Abel, of Orange county,  thirty seven grand-children and thirty great-grandchildren.

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The Vincennes Sun Commercial
9 August 1937

Ellen Catherine Ballard

Brother Summons Help But It Arrives Too Late to Save Sister.
Body Brought From Water by Rescuers Holding Hands 

Ellen Catherine Ballard, 14 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Ballard, living on the Illinois bank of the Wabash river across from the foot of Main street, was drowned Sunday afternoon about 3:30 while wading in the river a short distance north of her home. 
The body was recovered about 45 minutes later and efforts were made by local
firemen with the inhalator to resuscitate the drowned girl, but proved futile. Ellen had been warned by her father and mother not to go swimming or wading in the river, but the afternoon being hot and sultry, she stole out her bathing suit, and accompanied by her brother, Lyman (Ras), age 12, went up to the spot near the old ferry landing, in operation when the old Main street bridge was condemned, waded out into the river. 
John Erst, 18, who was to have accompanied them, had gone home for his bathing suit, and was not present when the tragedy occurred.
Waded Out
Ellen waded out into the water up to her arm pits and called to her brother: "Ras, I bet you can't swim out this far." Before he could answer her she stepped into a hole about four feet deep.  When she came up, fighting in the water, she called to her brother for help."Go and get somebody to save me, Ras." she called, "I am drowning." Without even stopping to tell his mother, Lyman ran to the filling station where Bud Westfall was employed. "Can you swim, Bud?" the frightened child asked him. "Hurry, my sister is drowning over there in the river."
Westfall accompanied him to the spot where the girl had gone down.  By that time young Ernst had returned with his bathing suit.  The two searched for the body, but could not locate it.
In the meantime a call was sent to the father, who was attending a baseball game at Washington field.  He was told of the drowning of his daughter.
News Spreads
From the ball park, the news of the drowning spread rapidly to the Rainbow Beach, and several swimmers donned their clothes and left the beach, to render any assistance possible in recovering the body of the girl.
Within a short time there was a group of swimmers in the water.  One group, forming a "human chain," wading out to the spot Lyman pointed out where the girl had gone down and searched carefully downstream.  Finally one of the boys called out "Here she is" and diving into the water brought up the body of the girl. She was brought to the bank where firemen worked for more than an hour in a futile attempt at resuscitation, but she had been in the water too long.  Two of the boys in the group gave their names to the prostrate father as C.W. Grandy , 319 North Seventh street, and Donald Frankel, of Winneteka, Ill.  The names of the others could not be learned. Dr. C.G. Stoll, of Sumner, Lawrence county coroner, was called and conducted an inquest at the Ballard home.
Oldest of Twelve
Mr. Ballard, the father, is highway commissioner for Allison township.  He was formerly maintenance director for the Illinois highway commission for Lawrence county, and has been engaged in higway work for a number of years.  The family occupies the house formerly constructed by the city of Vincennes as the home of the tender of the old wagon bridge which spanned the Wabash at the foot of Main street. Ellen was the third oldest of a family of 12 children. She was in the second year of high school attending Lincoln high school in Vincennes.
Surviving besides the parents are the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Louanna Ravellette, Mrs. Dorothy Collins, Lyman, Benice, Emma, Lester, Helen, Clara, Lee and Betty, all at home.
Funeral services will be conducted from the Brethren church in Vincennes Tuesday afternoon at 2:30, Rev. Miller officiating.  Burial will be made in Greenlawn cemetery.
This is the second fatal tragedy which has entered the Ballard home.  Eighteen years ago, an older child, was burned to death.

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The Paladium-Item
28 December 2010

Francis Marie Ballard

CAMBRIDGE CITY, Ind. -- Frances Marie Ballard died peacefully surrounded by her family at Mason City Area Nursing Home in Mason City, Ill., Dec. 26, 2010.
She was born Feb. 11, 1913, in Wayne County, Ind., to Morris and Pauline Mary (Freeman) Johnson.
On April 7, 1930, she married Jackson (Jack) Edgar Ballard, to whom she was married 52 years. They lived most of their married life in the Wayne County area. After her husband's death in April 1982, she moved to Mason City, Ill.
She was the loving mother to Russell (Brenda) Ballard of San Jose, Ill., Carl Ballard, Luella Willis, Thelma (Robert) Keihn of Mason City, Ill., Barbara McCutchan, Pasadena, Calif., Faye (John) Monroe, Winchester, Ind., Helen Black and Patricia Adkins, Cambridge City, Ind. Frances had 22 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, 37 great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Everett and Howard Johnson; sister, Ethel Platt; a brother and sister in their infancy; husband; and sons, Jackie Eugene, George Edwin, Robert Allen, Freddie Morris in their infancy. Also sons-in-law, Russell Willis Sr. 1/84, Johnie Guy Black 8/05, Glen McCutchan 11/09 and James Carl DeCanter 4/10; grandson, Christopher Helmsing 12/82; and a great-great-grandson, Andrew Wade Shank 7/91.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Dec. 29, from noon till time of service at 2 p.m. at Waskom Capitol Hill Chapel, 1010 E. Main St.. Cambridge City, Ind., with Pastor Gary Sellers officiating. Burial will be at Willow Grove Cemetery, Fountain City, Ind.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like contributions be made to Christopher Helmsing Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Wayne Bank & Trust, 145 W. Main St., Cambridge City, IN 47327, or Mason City Area Nursing Home, 520 N. Price Street, Mason City, IL 62664.

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The New Castle Courier Times
29 September 1952

Freddie Morris Ballard

Bentonville - Freddie Morris Ballard, the month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Ballard, died Sunday morning in the Riley Hospital in Indianapolis from a heart ailment.
Besides the parents, he is survived by six sisters, Helen Ballard of Richmond, Fayne Lynn, Luenna, Maxine, Barbara and Patricia, and a brother, Carl, all at home, and the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Morris Johnson of Lynn.
Services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 oclock in the Doll Funeral Home in Dublin and burial will be in Willow Grove Cemetery, Fountain City.

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The Peoria Journal Star
23 November 2013

George Ray Ballard

WASHINGTON - George Ray Ballard, 83, of Washington, formerly of Peoria, passed away at 6:38 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, at UnityPoint-Proctor Hospital in Peoria.
He was born on July 12, 1930, in Lawrenceville, Ill., to Samuel and Lena Snider Ballard. He married Evida P. Beede on May 10, 1959, in Reno, Nev.
Surviving are his wife; five daughters, Lyn (Stephen) Stanley, Gale (Terry) Hayes, Janet (Charles) Ingram, Julie (Steve) Firmand and Linda Saetana; and three sons, George (Darci) Ballard, Rob Ballard and Tom Thomas. Also surviving are 24 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren.
His biological father; his mother; and his adoptive parents, Charles and Thelma Snyder; three sisters, Marie Lawrence, Jane Lenover and Lucille Pugh; and one brother, Carl Ballard, preceded him in death.
George served 17 years in the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1963. He worked for A.O. Smith Harvester in Eureka for many years.
Cremation rites have been accorded; and no services are scheduled.
Memorials in his name may be given to the American Heart Association.

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The Evansville Courier & Press
January 20, 2002


Ida Lou Ballard

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Ida Lou Ballard, 85, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2002, at her home.
She was a secretary and bookkeeper for Bruce Kixmiller in Vincennes and worked for ReQuest Investors Research and Development Corp. in Naples, Fla.
She was a member of the American Business Women's Association and First United Methodist Church in Lawrenceville.
Surviving are a sister, Margurete Lynch of Lawrenceville; and nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Emmons-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home in Lawrenceville, with burial in Lawrenceville City Cemetery.
Friends may call from 10 a.m. to service time at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lincoln Trail Hospice.

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The Vincennes Sun Commercial
1 November 1951


James G. Ballard, 87, retired farmer formerly living at 613 Broadway street, died in the Schidler nursing home in Bridgeport Wednesday.
Surviving are the following children: Oscar Ballard of Carlisle, Mrs. Goldie Thompson of Vincennes route 2, Harry Ballard of Logansport, Mrs. Grace Brock of Glennwoods Springs, Colo., Samuel Ballard of Carbondale, Colo., William C. Ballard of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Mrs. Ruby Lockhart of Mt. Carmel, Ill.  He also leaves 35 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted from the Flummerfelt chapel at 10 a.m. Saturday, Rev. Fordyce Bennett, pastor of the Free Methodist church officiating.  Burial will be in Fairview cemetery.

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The Daily Herald
Madison, Indiana
7 November 1890

James H. Ballard
Killed by a Runaway Team.

SHOALS, Ind., Nov. 7.—James H. Ballard, a farmer residing in this county, while coming from his home to Shoals, was instantly killed by his team becoming frightened and dashing the buggy against a tree.

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The Jeffersonville Daily Evening News
8 November 1890

James H. Ballard

James Ballard Choked to Death Between the Bows of His Buggy Top.

James Ballard, a merchant of Hillham, Orange county, Indiana, met his death in a peculiar manner last Wednesday.  He was driving along the road from his home to Paoli, when he was seized, as is supposed, with an epileptic fit.  In his struggles his head was caught between the bows of his buggy top in such a manner as to choke him to death.  The horse having no one to guide it turned off into a log road, where the vehicle became entangled in the stumps and frightened the animal so badly that he kicked himself loose from the buggy and ran home.  A searching party was at once sent out, and the buggy and it's dead passenger found.

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The Vincennes Sun-Commercial
May 14, 2005

James Oscar "Red" Ballard

James Oscar "Red" Ballard, age 83, of 4094 E. State Road 61, passed away Saturday at 8:50 a.m. following an illness. He was born Jan. 28, 1922 in Lawrence County, Ill., the son of Oscar Ballard and Pansy (Snider) Ballard.
Mr. Ballard was a truck driver, a member of the V.F.W., American Legion Post 73, the Harmony Society, the 40 & 8, and the First Christian Church. He was an WWII army veteran having earned both the Bronze Star and the Silver Star.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson, Justin Vories.
He is survived by his wife Doris (Raney) Ballard, three daughters, Janice Murphy of Greenwood, Ind., Rebecca Lemons of Monroe City and Sue Vories of Vincennes; six grandchildren, Brian Murphy of South Bend, Ind., Eric Murphy of Noblesville, Ind., Michael Murphy of Granger, Ind., Michelle Stewart of Trinity, Ala., Jennifer McCammon of Monroe City and Josh Vories of Vincennes. Seven great-grandchildren survive as well as two sisters, Mary Godfrey of Olney, Ill., Opal Smith of Vincennes, and a brother Bob Ballard of Huntington Beach, Calif. Burial with full military honors will be held in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Friends of James Oscar Ballard may call Monday from 4 until 8 p.m. at Gardner-Brockman Funeral Home where funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. Pallbearers will be, Brian Murphy, Eric Murphy, Michael Murphy, Michelle Stewart, Jennifer McCammon, and Josh Vories.

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The Sullivan Daily Times
Friday, February 5, 1943

John T. Ballard, 86, Dies Today

John T. Ballard, age 86, of Merom, died at the Mary Sherman Hospital this morning at 2 o'clock.  He is survived by seven sons, Guy of Vincennes, Charles of Lawrenceville, Illinois, Scott of Pearl Harbor, Roy of Memphis, Tennessee, Ralph of St. Louis, Okla., Robert of Sullivan R.2, and Jess of Merom; five daughters, Miss Minnie Ballard of Mississippi, Mrs. Dicie Guyer and Mrs. Sarah McClarie of Vincennes, Mrs. Fay Noblette of Holdenville, Okla., and Mrs. Lottie Eaton of New Lebanon; and several grandchildren.
The body was removed to the Billman Funeral Home where it lay is in state pending completion of funeral arrangenments.

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The Sullivan Daily Times
Wednesday, 10 February 1943

John T. Ballard


Funeral services for John T. Ballard were held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Merom Pentecost church with the Rev. Emery Wright officiating.
Pallbearers were Berlin Bogard, William Stevens, Harold Burk, Paul Sanders, Francis Goodman and Marion Anderson.  Flower bearers were Katie Sparks,  Dorothy Bogard, Beulah Stevens, Audrey Burk, Hazel Goodman and Clara Anderson.  Interment was in Merom Cemetery.

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The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
June 25, 1991


MRS. JULIA H. BALLARD, 87, of Memphis, retired supervisor for the old Lowenstein's department store, died Saturday at St. Francis Hospital after a long illness.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Park Funeral Home with burial in Memorial Park.
She was a member of St. Stephen's United Methodist Church.
She leaves her husband, Roy J. Ballard; a daughter, Ms. Carol Priora of Memphis; four sons, Jimmy Ballard of Memphis, Lee Ballard of Phoenix, Paul Ballard of Aspen, Colo., and Carl Ballard of Tuscumbia, Ala., and a grandchild. The family requests any memorials be sent to Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center.

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The Vincennes Morning Commercial
29 May 1928

Lee Ballard


Word has been recived here of the death of Lee Ballard at Effingham, Ill., Sunday.  Death  followed an operation for appendicitis.  Mr. Ballard is survived by his widow and five children, his mother and three brothers and three sisters.  Mrs. Dica Geyer, of 1155 DeWolf street, Vincennes and Mrs. Mae McCleary. living across the Wabash river in Illinois are sisters.
 Funeral services will be held at Oblong, Ill., at 10 o'clock Tuesday morning.  The remains will be brought to Vincennes for burial.

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The Vincennes Morning Commercial
29 May 1928

Lee Ballard


Lee Ballard Dies Sunday Evening Following Attack of Appendicitis.
Lawrenceville, Ill., May 28 - Lee Ballard, former resident of Lawrence county, died Sunday at Effingham following an attack of appendicitis.  Funeral services will be conducted from Oblong Tuesday afternoon and the remains will be taken to Vincennes for burial.  The deceased is the brother of Guy Ballard, Ray Ballard and Charles Ballard of this county.

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The Vincennes Sun Commercial
15 November 1933

Lena Ballard


Lawrenceville Woman Will Be Buried at Centerville
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ill., - Funeral services for Mrs. Lena Ballard, who died Monday afternoon, will be conducted from the Centerville Christian church Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock with Rev. Elmer Smith, of Vincennes officiating.  Burial will be made in the adjoining cemetery.
Mrs. Ballard, who was the daughter of Alexander Snider, prominent farmer of Allison township, was taken to the hospital at Anna, Ill., from her home in St. Francisville about four weeks ago.
Surviving her are two daughters, two sons, and the following brothers and sisters: William of Decker,Ind., Ray, of Paris, Lee, of Arizona, Tom and Woodrow, of Olivet; Mrs. Pansy Ballard and Mrs. Daisy Patterson, of Allison; Mrs. Agnes Garvey of St. Francisville, Mrs. Nancy Thompson, of St. Thomas, Ind., and Mrs. Rose Waldrop, of Allison.

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The Cincinnati Enquirer
26 May 1923

Logan Ballard



French Lick, Ind., May 25 - Logan Ballard, of this city, died on a train to-day between Bay City, Mich., and Chicago.  He was en route home from Mackinac Island.  He was stricken on the train last Tuesday and taken off unconscious at Bay City.  He was put back on the train to-day, still unconscious and was being taken to Chicago for an operation.  Ballard had lived here nearly all of his life and is widely known.  He leaves a widow and three children.  He was a brother of Edward Ballard, owner of the Wallace-Hagenbeck- Sells- Floto and other circuses.  Ballard married a daughter of John Duey, of Cincinnati.

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The Huntington Herald
29 May 1923

Logan Ballard


West Baden, Ind., May 29 - The body of Logan Ballard, forty-three years old, who died of Bright's disease at Bay City, Mich., will be brought to West Baden for burial.  Arrangements for the funeral have not been completed.  Mr. Ballard was a veteran of the Spanish-American war.  He was owner of the Grand hotel at Mackinac Island, Mich., and real estate at French Lick and West Baden.  He left for Mackinac Island last week to open the Grand hotel for the season.  He was taken sick suddenly and had started to return home.  He was taken from the train at Bay City and died a few hours later.  The widow, three children, James, Jane and Katherine, his mother and five brothers survive.

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The Paoli Republican
30 May 1923

Logan Ballard

Logan Ballard, a well known man about French Lick and West Baden, died suddenly at Bay City, Mich., last week, from diabetes.  He had gone to Mackinac Island to look after some property and was stricken and started for Chicago to enter a hospital, but becoming so very ill was removed from the train at Bay City.  His remains were brought home to West Baden for burial.  He was a son of the late James Ballard and is survived by a widow and three children.

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The Loogootee Martin County Tribune
31 May 1923

Logan Ballard


The body of Logan Ballard, age 43 years, and one of the best known of the citizens of West Baden, who died of Bright's disease last Friday, was brought to that town for burial Monday.  Mr. Ballard was a veteran of the Spanish American war.  He was the owner of the Grand hotel at Mackinaw Island, Michigan,and real estate at French Lick and West Baden.  He left last week for Mackinaw Island to open the Grand for the season and was taken suddenly and before he could be sent home was so bad that he was taken from the train at Bay City Michigan and died there a few hours later.  He is survived by his widow, three children, mother and five brothers.

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The Springs Valley Herald
31 May 1923

Logan Ballard

Logan Ballard Dies at Bay City, Michigan

Word reached here Friday that Logan Ballard of this place had died suddenly at Bay City, Michigan at 11:00 a.m. that forenoon.  Mr. Ballard had gone to Mackinac Island, Mich. where he owns a large hotel property which he conducts during the summer months.  His visit there at this time was to look after the preliminaries for the opening of the hotel later.  He was not well when he left here and grew worse on the way up and when he arrived at Mackinac Island his condition was very serious and it was decided to take him to Chicago for treatment.  When he reached Bay City his condition was so critical that the trip was ended there and he died at a hotel at eleven o'clock Friday. The body was brought here Saturday evening.
Mrs. Ballard was notified of his serious condition and the arrangements to take him to Chicago and went there to meet him at the Congress Hotel.  A telegram awaited her at that place announcing that his condition was so serious it had been necessary to stop at Bay City and she rushed on, reaching Bay City a few hours before he died.
His aged mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Ballard who is at Long Beach, California and a sister, Mrs. Jas. Ragsdale, who is in a sanitarium in California were wired, but neither was in a physical condition to make the long trip to attend the funeral.
A brief service was conducted at the home in West Baden at ten o'clock Monday morning by Rev. O. E. Haley and the body was laid to rest in the Ames Chapel cemetery.
While affiliate with no church he gave liberally to all good causes and was ever ready to assist anyone in need of help. His hotel, the Grand Hotel at Mackinac Island, Mich., was perhaps the largest of his many holdings in real estate.
He was a veteran of the Spanish American War and served in the Philippines.
Cut off in the prime of life - 42 years of age - he leaves a wife and two young daughters to mourn their loss, and they have the sympathy in their bereavement a host of friends.

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The Sullivan Daily Times
3 March 1989

Louise Ballard

Louise Ballard, 78, Sullivan, died at 1:00 a.m. Thursday, March 2, 1989, at Miller's Merry Manor.
She was born June 7, 1910, in Knox County to Franklin and Alberta Johnson Hayes.  She was a member of the Indian Prairie Baptist Church, the Willing Workers Club and the Country Birthday Club.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Ballard, who died in 1987; three brothers and one sister.
Survivors include two daughters, Rita Scott, Dugger, and Ronda Hankins, Bruceville; one son, Robert Ballard Jr., Carlisle; three sisters, Vera McHenry and Margaret Boyle, both of Lawrenceville, Ill., and Gretchen Stoltz, Sumner, Ill.; one brother, Raymond Hayes, Sumner; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services are at 2 P.m. Saturday at the Alexander Funeral Home with the Rev. Paul Jones officiating.  Burial is in the Merom Cemetery.  Friends may call after 4 p.m. Friday.

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The Republican Leader
Salem Indiana
9 May 1913

Martha Ballard

Mrs. Asa Ballard

Mrs. Martha Ballard, wife of Asa Ballard, died at the family residence on the west side Tuesday afternoon at one o'clock of cancer.
Beside her husband, the deceased leaves three children, two daughters, Mrs. Clarence Chaney, of near Salem, and Miss Lena and a son, Dale.
The funeral took place yesterday morning at 11 o'clock at Mt. Zion church conducted by Rev. Allen Kenworthy, pastor of Weir Memorial church of Salem.  Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.

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The Sullivan Daily Times
Thursday, 17 May 1934

Minnie (Batchelor) Ballard


Mrs. Minnie Ballard, 49 years old, well known Merom resident, died at the Mary Sherman hospital here last night. 
Mrs. Ballard was widely known.  She is survived by the husband, John, two daughters, Mrs. Lottie Eaton, of Shoals, Ind., and Faye at home, and five sons, Ralph of St. Louis, Okla., Ray of Lawrenceville, Ill., and Rollie and Jessie of Missouri.  A wide circle of friends also mourn her death.
She had been seriously ill for several weeks, and had been brought to the local hospital for treatment on two occasions recently.
Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

**Although obit states five sons, only four were named.

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The Martin County Tribune
17 September 1946

Norman Ballard

Norman Ballard Of French Lick Dies At Chicago

French Lick, Ind., Sept. 17 (Spl.) - Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at French Lick for Norman Ballard, wealthy landowner, who died yesterday in a Chicago Hospital.  He was 67 years old.
He formerly owned the West Baden Springs Hotel, which he sold recently to Jackson B. Derflinger, a son-in-law.  He was a cousin of the late Edward Ballard, who started the Brown Club here and later operated the club.  At one time he was the owner of the Sells-Floto Circus.  He made his home at French Lick.
Survivors include his widow, Hannah Lindley Ballard; two daughters, Mrs. Jackson B. Derflinger of West Baden Springs and Mrs. John Cory of Iowa; a brother, Harry Ballard of West Baden Springs; three sisters, Amanda Ballard of French Lick, Mrs. Sarah Kirk of West Baden Springs and Mrs. Stella Harmon of Prescott, Ariz.; and a granddaughter, Susy Derflinger of West Baden Springs.

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The Vincennes Sun-Commercial
February 7, 2011

Robert Ballard

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. " Robert Ballard, Huntington Beach, died peacefully Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, at his home.
He was born July 2, 1925, to Oscar and Pansy (Snider) Ballard.
Bob was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran and a member of the American Legion.
He is survived by his son, Chris Ballard of Lawrenceville, Ill.; sisters Opal Greentree of Vincennes and Mary Etta Fisher of Griffith, Ind.; four nephews; and three nieces.
He was proceeded in death by his wife of 53 years, Rosalie (Lemons) Ballard; his parents; and his brother, James Ballard.
Funeral services and visitation will be Wednesday at the First Christian Church in Huntington Beach. He will be laid to rest with his wife at Westminister Memorial Park in Huntington Beach.

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The Sullivan Daily Times
15 January 1987

Robert W. "Curly" Ballard Sr.

Robert W. "Curly" Ballard Sr., 77, 623 E. Jackson St., Sullivan, died at 4:33 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, 1987, at Mary Sherman Hospital.
He was born Sept. 8, 1909, in Illinois to John and Minnie Batchelor Ballard.  He was a retired farmer and a member of Indian Prairie Baptist Church and Sullivan County Farm Bureau.  He was preceded in death by two sisters, Lottie Eaton and Bertha Ballard.
Survivors include his wife, Louise Hayes Ballard; one son, Robert Jr., Carlisle; two daughters, Rita Scott, Dugger, and Rhonda Hankins, Bruceville; three brothers, Ralph, Baxter Springs, Kan., Roy, Memphis, Tenn., and Jesse, Shalomette, Louisiana; one sister, Fay Noblett, Mena, Ark.,; and five grandchildren.
Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Alexander Funeral Home.  Burial is in the Merom Cemetery.  Friends may call after 4 p.m. Friday.  Mrs. Ballard will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday

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The Commercial Appeal(Memphis, TN)
December 7, 1993


ROY JAMES 'R. J.' BALLARD, 88, of Memphis, carpenter with Carpenters Local 345 for more than 45 years, died Sunday at St. Francis Hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home of West Memphis with burial in Memorial Park in Memphis.
Mr. Ballard leaves a daughter, Carol Priora of Memphis; four sons, Jimmy Ballard of Memphis, Leroy Ballard of Phoenix, Carl Ballard of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Paul Ballard of Aspen, Colo.; a sister, Faye Noblett of Bixby, Okla.; a brother, Jesse Ballard of Chalmette, La., and a grandson.
The family requests any memorials be sent to St. Stephen's United Methodist Church in Memphis.

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The Vincennes Sun Commercial
26 October 1931


Mrs. Dica Geyer, Mrs. David McClary and Guy Ballard have received word of the death of their mother, Mrs. Lou Ballard.  The body will be brought to Vincennes for interment on Wednesday.  Further notice concerning the services in Vincennes will be made. 
Charles Ballard, of Lawrenceville and Scott Ballard of Dupo, Ill. are sons.

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The Indianapolis News
26 October 1931

Lou Ballard

BALLARD - Mrs. Lou, mother of Mrs. Dica Geyer, Mrs. David McClarry, Minnie, Charles, Guy and Scott Ballard, passed away Sunday afternoon, age 75 years.  Funeral services Wednesday, 9:30 a.m., at West Michigan Street Methodist Church.  Friends invited.   Burial in City Cemetery, Vincennes, Ind., 3 p.m. Wednesday.   Friends may call at residence, 1203 N. Warman Ave., after 4 p.m. Monday.

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The State Sentinel
12 July 1899

Almost Instant Death

Special to The Indianapolis Sentinel

Whitelaw Reed Ballard

SHOALS , July 7 - This afternoon, at Natchez, Martin county, while the Salmon boys were hauling lumber, a young son of Jackson Ballard, when the team was stopped, got in front of the wheels and when the wagon started a wheel passed over his body, killing him almost instantly.

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The Vincennes Morning Commercial
24 September 1922

Wilena Fern Ballard

Wilena Fern Ballard, the four year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Ballard, died yesterday afternoon at 1:30 at the home of her parents who reside in Lawrence County, Ill., R.R. No. 6, Vincennes.
Death was caused from burns the child received last Wednesday morning.
The funeral services will be held this afternoon at 4 o'clock in the home, the Reverend Roberts officiating.  Burial will be in Fairview.
Besides her father and mother the child is survived by one brother Lawrence L. and two sisters Louanna and Dortha Violet. 

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