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William Bradford Ballard

January 27, 1982March 27, 2020
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William Bradford Ballard - loving husband, father and brother passed away peacefully on March 27, 2020 at the age of 38. William (Brad) was born in Corsicana, Texas on January 27, 1982 to Ronald William and Barbara Lynn Ballard. He graduated from J Frank Dobie High School in Houston, Texas in 2001. After high school, William worked as a sales associate at Walmart and attended Massage Therapy School.

William became engaged to his wife Melissa on January 19, 2007. William proposed to her on a carriage ride in downtown Houston. William and Melissa were married on William’s grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary, June 22. He asked his grandparents for permission to be married on their anniversary. He felt it was a way to honor them.

William enlisted in the United States Air Force in 2007. Stationed in North Carolina, Arizona and overseas in Afghanistan, South Korea and England. He was TDY in Japan and Alaska during his 13-year career. At the time of his death he was a Staff Sergeant working as an Electrical and Environmental Systems maintainer. William loved the military because it gave him the opportunity to provide a better life for himself/ his family and he was able to travel the world with his wife and son. William was a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan. One of his favorite players was Ezekiel Elliot. William wouldn’t let anybody talk bad about his Cowboys. He would argue for his ‘Boys. William’s other love was the Fast and Furious movies. He also had a passion for cooking. Some of his favorite dishes to cook were spaghetti, enchilada casserole, mac and cheese. He also loved grilling up a good steak. William’s son, Matthew, was his pride and joy. His greatest past-time would be spending time with him, horsing around, wrestling, watching football and working on cars together. If there was one word to describe William, it would be family. He was all about family. William would make weekly phone calls to various family members to see how they were doing. It didn’t matter if he was overseas, distance didn’t keep him from being close to them. He is survived by his wife Melissa of Pasadena, Texas, son Matthew, sister Tina Ballard of Katy, Texas grandmother Juanita Ballard of Houston, Texas, father-in-law and mother-in-law Joe and Pearl Hernandez of Pasadena, Texas, sister-in-law Pauline Esmeralda Howie of Seattle, Washington, along with numerous family and friends. William is preceded in death by his father, Ronald Ballard, mother Barbara Ballard, brother Joshua Miller, grandfather Charles Ballard, grandmother Annette Miller.

Private services will be held at Brookside Funeral Home on April 13, 2020. Pallbearers include Matt Bradley, Greg Masone, Daniel Miller, Ryan Miller, Joshua Box and Ben Maldonado. Honorary pallbearers are Joe Hernandez and Randy Ballard.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.


  • Graveside Service

    Monday, April 13, 2020


  • US Airforce Military Honors Service

    Saturday, November 21, 2020


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Mary Palacios

April 14, 2020

I had the pleasure in meeting William back in 2003 , we all loved him because he had a big heart and was always smiling. He was very polite and helpful and most of all is that He knew Jesus Christ! We were sad to hear of his passing and he will be "Forever Young"! No more pain or worrying . God has called you home! Your dancing in the streets of gold! You will be forever missed!

The Palacios Family......

Tina Ballard

April 10, 2020

My brother was my best friend. I could call or text almost anytime and he would be there. He always protected me. I'm going to miss him.
See ya later bubba, I love you.

Oh and bubba! I don't think your answer to my trig work was purple. My teacher didn't like it.

Until later, big hugs and GO COWBOYS!

Kim Stone

April 10, 2020

I haven't had the privileged to know Brad, but I do know his Aunt Dianne & sister Tina. I have heard so many wonderful things about Brad and will look forward to hearing more in the future.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

With many Blessings


Lisa Schott

April 9, 2020

God took Brad.
He took him away from us, from his wife, and from his son. Must have been an amazingly important job to take him so young. I thank God for Brad's life. The oportunity to know him, to love him, for his phone calls, and for the chance for his close family to say goodbye, before he reported for duty.
Whatever God has you doing, Brad, I bet you can't wait until we can see it. Perhaps then, we will understand. I love you, nerd.

Maria Cooper

April 9, 2020

William will be missed. He was an amazing husband, father, and friend. I always had a great time when hanging out with William and Melissa. They were my neighbors in Tucson, Az. And I am honored to call them my friends. Rest In Peace William.

Michael Miller

April 9, 2020

You were a special young man. You left for war to keep us safe. Very proud of you. Thank you Brad

Dianne Miller

April 9, 2020

I'm going to miss arguing with you about football. In particular how I cheer on the Texans, Patriots and any team playing against the Cowboys. This year will be different. I made a promise to you that if you woke up, I would cheer on the Cowboys for one season.
Love ya kid
"Your favorite aunt"
Dianne Miller
Katy, Tx

Cindy Ballard Brahm

April 7, 2020

Brad - was my second cousin, his dad Ronald Ballard was my cousin. His Mom (Barbara) and I were always talking and sharing poems. Brad dad always loved to cook.

As a family we spent a lot of time together, always having family barbque's. We spent a lot of time watching baseball, and football , while the parents were playing dominoes.

Brad was so proud to be serving in the Air Force, and having his family - wife Melissa and his son with him no matter where he was serving.

Brad and his sister Tina were very close and enjoyed being together.

Brad you will be truely missed, love you always.

Carmen Palacios

April 4, 2020

William Ballard was a Very Nice and funny guy who will be forever missed. My Heart and Prayers go out to his wife Melissa and his Son Matt and his Sister and the rest of his family.



William Bradford Ballard
01/27/1982 - 3/27/2020

William Bradford Ballard was born on 1/27/1982 to Ronald William Ballard and Barbara Ballard.
William had 2 siblings one brother and sister Josh Miller and Tina Juanita Annette Ballard.
William lost his father when he was a teenager('99), after that he lost his brother('02), later on when he was in the Air Force during training he lost his mother('07).
William was a family man. He put his family first even though what life through at him. He keep going no matter how hurt he felt he never let the pain get to him. He hurt but at the same same he keep going. He was strong. The strongest person I ever knew.
William Ballard's favorite football team was the Dallas Cowboys. His favorite movie was The Fast & The Furious.
He loved cooking so much and wanted to pursue cooking school. His main concern was family first.
William joined the Air Force in April 2007. He did his career as an Electrical & Environmental Maintainer
He loved being in the Air Force serving his country. William served his country in Afghanistan from 2008.
William loved traveling he wanted to see the world which he did, with his family.
One thing I can say about William "Put your family first and if you can help others than do so" which he quoted
William Ballard had hard life but than again he lived life to the fullest. Dont ever go to bed mad because you dont know what will happen the next day.

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