Rev. Gary D. Ballard

Published 5:00 am Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Services for the Rev. Gary D. Ballard, of Summit, were Saturdayat Johnston Chapel United Methodist Church. Jones Family FuneralServices was in charge of arrangements.

The Rev. Ballard, 62, died April 20, 2006 at Baptist MedicalCenter in Jackson following a long battle with cancer. He was bornin Middlesboro, Ky. on Dec. 20, 1943, to the Rev. Donald K. Ballardand Lola Sutton Ballard.

He was a retired ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarenewith 25 years of faithful service to churches in Tennessee, Alabamaand Mississippi. He graduated from McComb High School in 1961.Later, he earned two Bachelor’s degrees from Bethany NazareneCollege and Trevecca Nazarene College.

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Preceding him in death were his his mother; his brother, JonStephen Ballard; his sister, Donna Kay Ballard; and hisparents-in-law:, Oliver C. Roberts and Clarice Roberts.

Survivors are his wife, Shellda Roberts Ballard; his sons, Gary”Don” Ballard II and his wife, Jamie, of Houston, Texas, and DarrinC. Ballard and his wife Amanda Thornton, of Summit; his father andhis wife, Martha, of Memphis, Tenn.; and two grandchildren.