Ballard Jr., 79, of Princeton accepted his call home to be with the Lord, Wednesday, March
22, 2006 at the DeaconessSelectSpecialtyHospital in Evansville, IN.
Robert was a faithful member
of the St. PaulMissionaryBaptistChurch in Princeton where he served as a Deacon. He worked at Whirlpool
Corp. for 10 years and retired from Ayershire Coal
Mine after 15 years. He also was a bus driver #14 for the North Gibson School
Corp. for a number of years. In addition to full time employment, Robert owned
and managed BB's Bar-B-Que
in Princeton, which began as the result of him taking his BBQ to
co-workers who encouraged him to open his own business. Prior to marriage to LeathaEarline Lyles-Ballard,
Robert was a drummer for the Micky Hughes Band who
played early Blues.
He was born on December 27, 1926 in Terre Haute, IN to Robert E. & Mattie Ballard, both deceased.
Also preceding him in death were his brothers and sisters, Prestle
Ballard, Margaret Wilson, DorthyBevins,
Glisterine Penny, Bernadine Tribble,
and Anges Smoot.
Robert loved his family, who cherishes his memory and includes 4 sons, Robert
Eugene Ballard III, of Jefferson, IA., William Pervis
Ballard of Vincennes, Jan Earl Ballard of Princeton, and Jonathan Ray
"JR" Ballard of Evansville; 2 daughters, Pamela Kay Ballard of
Newburgh and Valena Rene Ballard-Paris of
Springfield, Ohio; granddaughters, Eugenia Kay Ballard (which he raised as his
Ballard, and Dorthea E. Ballard; grandsons, Jurrien Eugene Markel and William
Marque Ballard; and great grandchildren, Bilye and ZuriHuitt; 1 sister, Beatrice Bracken of Terre Haute, and a
host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral Services will be held at on Monday March 27, 2006 at the MemorialBaptistChurch in Evansville with the Pastor Adrian Brooks Sr. officiating. Burial
will be at the SandHillCemetery in Princeton. Friends may call from 3 until on Sunday at the Colvin Funeral Home, which is in
charge of arrangements and from
until service time on Monday at the church.