Erik Whitlark Ballou

April 25, 1989March 9, 2018

Erik Whitlark Ballou, the eldest son of Merge Whitlark Ballou and Paul Ballou, and the older brother of Mary Catherine Ballou and William Ballou, was brutally carjacked on March 9, 2018, in Columbia, South Carolina. With God's help and the incredible skill and perseverance of the Palmetto Richland Trauma Team, CCU, Richland County EMS and the Richland County Sheriff's Department, Erik survived for two days before succumbing to his mortal injuries. This small window of time gave a short opportunity for his family and friends to gather and say goodbye to perhaps the most kind-hearted, loving and gentle soul to walk this earth. Erik was a man who never said an unkind word or raised his voice in anger or malice against his fellow brothers and sisters. He was born April 25, 1989 in Columbia, S.C. Educated at Bethel pre-school, St. Joseph Elementary and Cardinal Newman High School, Erik was a great student, athlete and classmate who was well loved by everyone. He completed three years at the College of Charleston before returning to Columbia to work for a number of years in his Uncle Forrest's and Uncle Paul's restaurant businesses on Rosewood Drive. Erik is survived by his parents and brother and sister, as well as his grandmother Gery Ballou; aunts and uncles Rip Ballou, Ruthie Ballou, John and Tam Ballou, Steve and Louise Ballou, Ted Ballou, Trace Ballou, Tom and Heather Ballou, Pete Ballou, Nancy Currey, Dan and Joanne Ballou, and Jim and Kim Ballou. On the Whitlark side of the family, he is survived by aunts and uncles Henry and Barbara Whitlark, Catherine and Mark Nold, Faith Maraldo, Forrest and Taryn Whitlark, Mark Whitlark, Debbie Biggers, Joe and Linda Whitlark, Liz Whitlark, Kevin and Lisa Whitlark, David Medina, and a host of cousins and friends too numerous to list who all loved him dearly. Erik joins his grandparents Gordon and Christine Whitlark, Bill Ballou, Aunt Steenie Medina, Uncle Eddie Maraldo, and his Uncle Paul Whitlark, who Erik adored. The Funeral Mass for Erik will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday March 17, 2018, at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Devine Street in Columbia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Harvest Hope Food Bank or St. Joseph Catholic Church.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 17, 2018

Erik Whitlark Ballou

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SALLIE Blackwell

March 17, 2018

Merge and family, I was so sorry to hear of Erik's passing. I have thought of you so many times over the last week. My heart breaks for you.

Dawn Parsh

March 17, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are deeply sorry for your loss.
The Parsh Family

Cara Condra

March 16, 2018

Dear Merge, Paul, Mary Catherine, and William,
Erik was in my constant prayers once I heard he was hospitalized. I was praying for a miracle. I was so saddened to hear of Erik's passing. My prayer continues for you all that you feel God's presence and love and peace surrounding you.
With love,
Cara, Gregg, Cameron, and Jack Condra

Ruth Ann McKee

March 16, 2018

Dear Merge, Mary Catherine, Paul and William,
So very sorry for the devastating loss of your Erik. He was truly a light in this world, one that will continue to shine in all of our hearts and memories. May God’s comfort and love be with you now and during the times to come.
If there is anything you need, please do not hesitate to call. Please know that my thoughts, prayers and heart are with you and all of the Ballou and Whitlark families. You are very special and much loved.
Ruth Ann B. McKee

Jennifer Rucker Rucker

March 15, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this .
Our deepest sympathy.
Love, Jennifer Rucker

Joy Pilkington

March 14, 2018

I was devastated to hear about Erik's tragic death. I've taught for 40+ years, and Erik was one of my very favorite students. He was a gentle, caring young man with a quiet sense of humor and a loving heart. I will never forget him! I just can't imagine your loss. If there is ANYTHING that I can do, please don't hesitate to call me. And please give my love to Mary Catherine and William. My heart breaks for all of you.


Candi Watson

March 14, 2018

Dear Merge, Paul, Mary Catherine, William & all the Whitlarks & Ballous- our hearts are broken that precious Erik was taken way too soon from all of you & the world. He was always one of our favorites at CN, and he was an incredible scholar, athlete, friend & a wonderful young man. Erik was a beautiful soul. We love you all- Bob & Candi Watson & family

Robin Reibold

March 14, 2018

Dearest Merge,
Mackie and I are heartbroken for you and your family. We are sending healing prayers and holding you close in our thoughts and hearts.

Janet Enoch

March 14, 2018

Dear Ballou family,my heart aches for all of you. Erik always took the time to speak to me no matter how busy he was. He was so kind , smart witty and caring. If you ever want a shoulder to lean on,a hug or Anything please call on me. No one can imagine your pain right now. You have been there for me and so many others please k,ow we are,here for you. May God hold you in the palm of his hand. Prayers ,love and hope for peace. Very sad and sorry. Love Janet Degenhart Enoch

Flossie Harvie

March 14, 2018

So saddened and heartbroken. It is impossible to fathom this happening to your family. I remember Erik's handsome and sweet face when he was at St. Joseph's. I loved his smile and beautiful and kind manners. He was and will always be a well loved young man. So deeply sorry.
Flossie Harvie