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OBITUARY

Thelma Lucille Ballard

November 24, 1922June 6, 2019
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Thelma Lucille Ballard, 96, of Memphis, TN died Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Methodist Hospice Residence. Thelma was born November 24, 1922 in Memphis. Beginning with a wink on the junior high-school bus, she later married the love of her life, HR, in 1941, beginning at the start of World War II a romance that would last for 67 years. They lived in the same house on Shotwell they moved into soon after they got married and were rarely separated until HR passed in 2008 and Thelma had to leave her home for health reasons in 2017. Thelma was preceded in death by her parents, her sister and brother, her beloved husband, HR, and her eldest son Horace Ballard, Jr. She leaves three children, Charles Ballard and his wife Sandra, Wesley Ballard and his wife Debbie and Ludy Callaway and her husband Joe. She also leaves 7 grandchildren: Kellie, Chuck, Shawn, Kristin, Marcus, Heather and Amber, 8 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Passing each other in the circle of life will be great-great-granddaughter, Ellison Ryan, due in July. Thelma was a 4 ft. something ball of fire who was bigger than life. Feisty and sassy to the end, Thelma was not just a fighter but the true warrior throughout her long life. She loved HR and her children but held all her grandchildren in an intensely treasured place in her heart. Feared by some, admired by all, it didn’t take but one mistake to learn that it was not good to criticize HR or any of Thelma’s children. You always knew where you stood with her. Beginning with a growing family, an open house and an open heart brought many people, friends, family and strangers, into the caring love of Thelma Ballard throughout her life and even through her last days. A gathering of friends and family for Thelma will be held Tuesday, June 11, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Memphis Funeral Home, 5599 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38119. A celebration of life service will occur Tuesday, June 11, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM, 5599 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38119. An interment will occur Tuesday, June 11, 2019 from 3:00 PM to 3:20 PM at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 3700 North Germantown Parkway, Bartlett, TN 38133. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.MemphisFuneralPoplar.com for the Ballard family.

  • FAMILY

  • Charles Ballard (Sandra), Child
  • Wesley Ballard (Debbie), Child
  • Ludy Callaway (Joe), Child
  • She also leaves 7 grandchildren: Kellie, Chuck, Shawn, Kristin, Marcus, Heather and Amber, 8 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Passing each other in the circle of life will be great-great-granddaughter, Ellison Ryan, due in July.

    Thelma was preceded in death by her parents, her sister and brother, her beloved husband, HR, and her eldest son Horace Ballard, Jr.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Gathering of Friends and Family Tuesday, June 11, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Service Tuesday, June 11, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Interment

Memories

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Dale Wilson

June 9, 2019

You will be missed by many sweet Thelma. With your quick wit and even quicker humor. There was never a dull moment when you were around. You made up for me not having a mother, you stepped right up and took me in. Wow Ludy, do you remember she made my bridal gown when Charlie and I married. All those darn pearls she sewed on that gown, hundreds or maybe a thousand. And all by hand. You can't get much more beautiful than that. She was always there when you needed her and she was always glad to help. She loved her family above all and would do anything for them. HR was patiently waiting for you sweetie and so proud you are both together now. Rest in peace now sweet Thelma and God Bless you. Loved you so very much.

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Biography

Thelma Lucille Ballard, 96, of Memphis, TN died Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Methodist Hospice Residence. Thelma was born November 24, 1922 in Memphis. Beginning with a wink on the junior high-school bus, she later married the love of her life, HR, in 1941, beginning at the start of World War II a romance that would last for 67 years. They lived in the same house on Shotwell they moved into soon after they got married and were rarely separated until HR passed in 2008 and Thelma had to leave her home for health reasons in 2017. Thelma was preceded in death by her parents, her sister and brother, her beloved husband, HR, and her eldest son Horace Ballard, Jr. She leaves three children, Charles Ballard and his wife Sandra, Wesley Ballard and his wife Debbie and Ludy Callaway and her husband Joe. She also leaves 7 grandchildren: Kellie, Chuck, Shawn, Kristin, Marcus, Heather and Amber, 8 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Passing each other in the circle of life will be great-great-granddaughter, Ellison Ryan, due in July. Thelma was a 4 ft. something ball of fire who was bigger than life. Feisty and sassy to the end, Thelma was not just a fighter but the true warrior throughout her long life. She loved HR and her children but held all her grandchildren in an intensely treasured place in her heart. Feared by some, admired by all, it didn’t take but one mistake to learn that it was not good to criticize HR or any of Thelma’s children. You always knew where you stood with her. Beginning with a growing family, an open house and an open heart brought many people, friends, family and strangers, into the caring love of Thelma Ballard throughout her life and even through her last days.
A gathering of friends and family for Thelma will be held Tuesday, June 11, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Memphis Funeral Home, 5599 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38119. A celebration of life service will occur Tuesday, June 11, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM, 5599 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38119. An interment will occur Tuesday, June 11, 2019 from 3:00 PM to 3:20 PM at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 3700 North Germantown Parkway, Bartlett, TN 38133.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.MemphisFuneralPoplar.com for the Ballard family.