Lee J Ballard

August 3, 1922July 11, 2011

Lee Jencie Ballard has gone home to Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Mrs. Ballard was born August 3, 1922 in Horatio, AR. She was a Christian - Child of God and member of County Ave. Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Retired Captain Herschel Ballard; and a grandson, Ray Ellis Ballard.

Survivors include her brother, H. C. Ivy of Texarkana; sons and daughters-in-law, Jerrol Ellis and Mary Ballard and Jimmy Ray and Teri Ballard all of Hooks, TX; daughter, Nancy Lee Ballard of Texarkana; grandsons and granddaughters-in-law, Troy Lee and Stephanie Ballard of Alpine, TX, Jerry Ellis and Mariam Ballard of Hooks, TX, and Robert Ellis Ballard of Hooks, TX; granddaughter, Claudia Lee Ballard of Dublin, GA; great grandsons and great granddaughters-in-law, Joshua Ellis and Karen Ballard of Queen City, TX, James Edward Ballard of Houston, TX, Colton Ray Ballard of Hooks, TX and Christian and Carson Ballard of Alpine, TX; great granddaughter, Anna Grace Brooxie Ballard of Hooks, TX; great great grandson, Jaiden Ellis of Queen City, TX; and numerous great great grandchildren.

Services will be 10 a.m., Saturday, July 16, 2011 at East Memorial Chapel - Downtown with Dr. Roger Copeland officiating. Burial will be in East Memorial Gardens under the direction of East Funeral Home - Downtown.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, July 15, 2011 at the funeral home.

Online tributes may be made at


  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 16, 2011
  • Visitation Friday, July 15, 2011

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Jerry Ballard

July 20, 2011

My Grandmother was such a spiritual rock in so many ways. If there were a pill that could give me all the Bible knowledge she had, I WOULD TAKE IT !! (it would be a pretty big pill!!)

She was so young when her faith was cultivated. On several occasions she shared that it was her grandmother Hazelwood who taught her to pray when she was very little. Her grandmother Hazelwood would come by and pick her up on the weekends with a mule drawn buggy. She said that she had an irish brogue when she spoke and every night she would get her to kneel down beside her bed and pray before going to sleep. They prayed side by side at the edge of the bed. (what I would do for a picture of that!!)Can anyone doubt the lasting impact of praying with children and grandchildren?

She also shared her experience of recieving salvation. In the midst of switching churches, she describes an overwhelming feeling of forgiveness. She said that it was so wonderful that even upon leaving the church she felt so light that it felt like she could almost float. The burden of sin was no longer there. There was a light and pleasant feeling.

Over the years, we've had countless conversations about the Bible and spiritual matters.

When my oldest brother died, she was so reasurring on one of the saddest days of my life. At my brothers funderal she gave me a hug and said in my ear, "He's with the Lord now".

She came to listen to me speak about the summer-long mission trips that I took to Ecuador and Peru in the summers of 98 & 99. What a blessing it was to look out and see her smile as I shared my stories.

I guess one of the things I'll miss the most is hearing her say "I'm real proud of you". During her last days, however, I had the chance to say, "You mean so much to me." and she answered in the same way.

Now I am sad but I also long for Heaven and for the Lord's return in a deeper way. I hope to live with an eternal purpose and win as many for Christ as possible. Maybe she can see the treasure in Heaven that I'm storing up! Right now, the idea of simply resolving even more to Live for Christ, and to know His word more seems more theraputic than anything else. Keep us in your prayers. It seems like such a long time to wait to see her again but while I'm here, I'll live for the Lord and win more for His kingdom. That's what she would want. Thanks to everyone for the prayers and encouraging words. As the Lord's return draws near, I reflect on Her overall life message... "Live for Him."

If anyone else has a story to share, I would greatly enjoy it. (Hope to get to meet all of you some time) Thanks again to everyone.

July 16, 2011

So sorry we were out of town. Troy always thought alot of your Mom. She will be missed but the angels are rejoicing. Our prayers are with you.

Troy and Donna Lemons

Donald Brown

July 15, 2011

I remember Lee Jencie Ballard with great admiration and love for her devotion to her family, her friends and her Lord. She was one of the first bible school teachers I had at Tennessee Baptist church. She loved young people and worked with us (put up with me) for many years. She would select me to be in the Christmas skits and I would be afraid but it was such good training to speak and act before a group of people. She encouraged us all and she was one of the kindest ladies I have ever met, and now I deeply regret not finding her so I could tell her how much I appreciated her gentle guidance when I was growing up. She faced many difficulties in life and in caring for her family, but nothing ever took her smile away or the inward joy she could express because of her love of God and people. My sincere sympathy to her loved ones....Donald Brown

Doug, Kristie, Tim & Heather Avery

July 14, 2011

So sorry to hear of Ms. Lee Jencie's passing. She had such a sweet smile that will be missed. May the Father give you comfort, knowing she is with her Savior, and strength to endure the days ahead.

Lynelle Thompson

July 13, 2011

We are so sorry to hear about your loss. We know that the saints in Heaven are enjoying your mother's company and so is Jesus. May God heal your hurts.
Joe, Lynelle, & Kelli Jo Thompson