of Harrison, AR
August 13, 1934 - July 24, 2023
James Ballard, age 88, of Harrison, Arkansas passed from this life into eternity on Monday, July 24, 2023. He was born in Denver Colorado on August 13, 1934 to James F. Ballard and Velma Lee Hawkins Ballard.James was known for his corny sense of humor and his infectious laughter. He could laugh over absolutely nothing and have you laughing so hard you would not be able to catch your breath. He loved his beautiful gardens, wood working and oil painting. He loved to watch Bob Ross on Saturday mornings and dream of his next painting masterpiece. With all of his beautiful heart, he loved is wife of 59 years, his five daughters, 8 grand children, 6 great grand children plus one on the way. He enjoyed keeping up with everyone through calls, video calls and photos. He was known as "Big Al" to his local great grandchildren and he got tickled every time they called him by his special name. He loved Jesus more than anything and was a member of the North Side Church of Christ in Harrison, Arkansas. He was steady in his faith until he put his hand in THE hand of his Savior as he entered Heaven. He worked as a sheriff's deputy in Houston, Texas, was in the Navy reserves for 10 years and he retired from TRW Mission Manufacturing in Houston, Texas after a 30 year career as the manager of Computer Operations. He moved to Arkansas after his retirement, where he enjoyed the beautiful nature around him.He is preceded in death by his parents, James F. Ballard and Velma Hawkins Ballard; his sister, Edna Ballard and his son in law, Joe Rodriguez.He is survived by his wife, Sharon Ballard; his daughters, Robin Rodriquez, Cheryl Walker (Embree), Jaymie Williams (John), Susan Martin (Wayne) and Leah May (CE); eight grandchildren and six great grand children. He leaves behind many friends, but his best friends, Ed and Grace Beaulieu, were never far from his mind and were always on his heart.There will be a private family memorial in Texas at a later date.
I do miss his his greeting when I called and his Rusty who? I know we did it see each other that much but we made up for that in phone calls. I how the Lord is with him.
Gone but never forgottenâ¤ï¸
Susan and family. It was an honor to meet your dad and visit him. He had a personality that was very much â€œbigger than life.â€ He made us laugh and he certainly loved his family!! So thankful for the hope we have to see him again in Heaven!! We love you all so much. Prayers cover you all during this time. â¤ï¸ðŸ™ðŸ»
Susan and Wayne, we were sorry to learn of your Dadâ€™s passing Such a nice obit reflects a life well lived Our sincere sympathy to you and your family!
We are so sorry for your loss, Susan, Wayne and all your family. Our love and prayers to all. God Bless you.
Big Al is with His glorious savior. Our hearts and prayers go out to each and family member who will miss this guy immensely. Just remember he will be waiting for you as you pass over too. ðŸ¥°ðŸ’•Rick and Linda S
Susan & family, sending prayers and big hugs. We know you are all going through a big loseâ€¦Sending prayers for comfort & strength. ðŸ™ðŸ™ðŸ™ðŸŒ¹
I love you Grandpa