John Liddell Ballard

September 27, 1951February 5, 2018
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John L. Ballard, age 66, passed away Monday, February 5, 2018, with his loving wife by his side. A Corpus Christi resident for the past 20 years, John used his Bachelor’s in Science degree that he earned from the University of Alabama and MBA from Texas Tech University to start his manufacturing companies. John was an avid member of Saint John's United Methodist Church, participating as head usher and serving as President of the United Methodist Men Ministries for several years. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Ballard, son, Derek Howell (Danielle), daughter, Lauren Vannatta (Kyle), grandsons: Dylan Howell, Ethan Howell, and Daxton Vannatta, sister, Martha Ballard (Steve), cousin, David Wayman (Beverly), nephews: James Wayman (Kathy) and Ryan Wayman, and great niece, Ellen Wayman. He is preceded in death by his parents, James and Mary Ballard.

John lived an active lifestyle with many hobbies including golf, fishing, snow skiing, bowling and Alabama football. He is a PHI DELTA THETA Alumni. John also enjoyed spending time with family and friends and volunteering with United Methodist Men Ministries as well as in the community.

John was a “real character” and will be remembered for his amazing sense of humor, abundant colloquialisms, smoking a mean brisket, willingness to lend a helping hand and many other incredible talents and skills.

John was southern charm at its finest and had a unique ability to make every person he came across feel special. He was extremely personable and charismatic and made friends everywhere he went.

Visitation will be held at Cage Mills Funeral Directors on Friday, February 9, 2018 with family to receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Visitation will conclude at 9:00 p.m.

Funeral Services will be held at St. John's United Methodist Church at 5300 S. Alameda, Corpus Christi, Texas on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. A reception will be held prior to services at 12 noon in the St. John’s Fellowship Hall. Interment will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, family asks that donations be made to Wesley Community Center or American Cancer Society in Corpus Christi.

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  • Visitation Friday, February 9, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 10, 2018

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February 10, 2018

John and I will greatly miss John. His smiling face was always an inspiration to us. May God send his family blessings and comfort during this difficult time. We are all praying for you. John and Judi Edwards

February 9, 2018

John was such a wonderful person I looked forward to his smiling face and hug on Sunday morning in his position as usher. He truly will be missed. My late husband served on various committees with him and greatly respected him. Prayers for he family.

Karen Morris

February 9, 2018

John was a blessing to everyone that knew him. Praying for his family during this sad time.

February 8, 2018

Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time. Robert Rosier, CHS class of 68

Frank Morris

February 7, 2018

John arrived at Alabama in 1969 not knowing a soul on campus. He joined Phi Delta Theta and graduated four years later as perhaps the most recognized man at the University. Everyone loved him. That's who he was, a really great guy and friend to all.