May 29, 1938 – February 10, 2019
Wayne Ballard, 80, of Arlington, Virginia, passed away on February 10, 2019. Wayne is survived by his wife of 54 years, Pat. Wayne and Pat had two children, Blaine Ballard and Sally Ballard Joseph (deceased). He is also survived by his daughter-in-law, Jean Ballard, son-in-law, Kevin Joseph, and his grandchildren Kyra Ballard, Trent Ballard, Dylan Ballard and Jennifer Joseph.
A Visitation for family and friends will be held at the Murphy Funeral Home located at 4510 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia on Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 3-6pm. There will be a private funeral held separately.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to either the Fisher House, located at 12300 Twinbrook Parkway, Suite 410, Rockville, MD 20852-1650 or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society located at 3 International Drive, Suite 200, Rye Brook, NY 10573.
- Visitation Saturday, February 16, 2019
February 16, 2019
Wayne was my hero, my mentor, my first insurance agent, godfather of my daughter and my friend. I was a sophomore when he kicked the field goal, I was on the basketball team when he decided not to play in his senior year, eventhough, he would have been the best player on the team. He and Levin did not get along - only time I ever saw ego. In baseball he made me look like a fool, but he taught me how to be better. Goes to Virginia, I lose track and he comes back with the most beautiful woman, Patricia, who dwarfed the best athlete I knew. Goes to work with Northwestern does well and sells me my first life insurance policy. We live in Arlington Village as the first of our children are born. I go into the life insurance business because of Wayne’s character, his professionalism , and his class (and because he took Thursday off to play golf - (only if he had an appointment later that night).
Life goes on and we come back together at WGCC. Great times , kids growing up, life is pretty good and then Sally. Devastating and unfair, but life goes on. Before the last few years came along it was great growing old, not together, but knowing what the other was doing. The last few years have been hard, not as much for Wayne as for Pat, Blaine, Kevin and the grandchildren. He was not perfect, but he was my friend. His legacy is in all the people he counseled and helped with their life decisions and the family he leaves behind that, because of he and Pat will contnue to prosper and make contributions he would be proud of. Rest well my friend..
February 15, 2019
I worked at Northwestern Mutual from 1984-87 and 2000-2003.
Wayne Ballard will long be remembered for his integrity and professionalism.
He was what all of us aspired to be - a successful special agent/financial rep living an honest and decent life.
Requiescat pace, Wayne.
February 14, 2019
Wayne and I competed on the athletic fields in football, basketball, and baseball from the time he was at Thomas Jefferson Junior High School and I was a freshman at George Washington High School. He was a great competitor who broke the hearts of Alexandria high school football fanatics with his memorable field goal to not only stop a 9 game losing streak against GW, but to win the Virginia football state championship! Succeeding under that pressure and at that moment is every young athletes dream moment!
We later competed in football with him at UVA and me at W&M. Later I got to know him socially as we had many mutual friends and I became another admirer of Wayne. He was also smart enough to marry W&M prettiest coed!
He had a very successful life and I am deeply sorry he and his family had to suffer such a tragic ending. I am sure he will shine in Heaven. Jerry File, GWHS '57
February 14, 2019
Months ago, when I told Chandler Van Orman, who co-captained the George Washington High School football team with me, during "the game", that Wayne's health was decling, his respone was " I am truly sorry to hear that, but I still hate him!"
That's how many of us first even heard his name, but later learned more favorable things about him, while he brought his talents to UVA.
I recall getting a phome call, many years later, which started with, "Hello, you probably don't remember me, but I'm Wayne Ballard with New York Life..." Before he could get another word out of his mouth, I interrupted, "Maybe it's been more than 20 years, but I promis eyou, I'll neve foreget your name, and that X#%&!! field goal, with 4 secons left on the clock". He broke out laughing, and we had an enjoyable few minutes, walking down memory laane. I'm "87", who went on to Duke, with teamate Bob Garda, the safety, who jumped high in an attempt to deflect the ball from dropping over the upright. God Bless!
February 13, 2019
He was ten feet tall ... the finest example of remarkable excellence and true humility... the field goal put him on everybody's map.. but we knew him all along as a loyal friend, proud teammate, and an inspiration to us all ... we were fortunate to have him in our lives.. and we will treasure his memory -- always.