OBITUARY

Gene Ballard

September 12, 1941August 6, 2018
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Gene Ballard, 76, went to be with his Lord and Savior Monday, August 6, 2018 at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center due to complications from surgery.

Gene was born in Elizabethton, TN September 12, 1941, a son of the late Hazel Ballard McKinney. He retired from Furnitureland South after 25 plus years of service. Gene had a passion for hunting, arrowheads, and metal detecting and he was an accomplished carpenter and teacher. He was an avid Carolina Tarheels and NASCAR fan. Gene was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was a member of Heath Church and was preceded in death by three brothers, Billy, Charles and Larry McKinney.

Surviving are his wife, Joy Burchett Ballard; two daughters, Miranda Schaal and husband Chris and Jennifer Tippett and husband Brian; two sons, Michael Ballard and wife Sharon and Jimmy Ballard and fiancé Tracey; a sister, Carol Fuller and husband Joel; a brother, Roger McKinney; seven grandchildren, Steven, Mark and Blake Ballard, Logan, Nicholas and Lauren Tippett and Skylar Schaal; three great-grandchildren, Caiden Dolan and Arieal and Steven Ballard; several nieces and nephews and special friends.

A Celebration of Gene's life will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the Thomasville Funeral Home Chapel by Pastor Dan Downing and Pastor Jimmy Garrett. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Heath Church Building Fund, 1375 Heath Church Rd., Lexington, NC 27292.

  • FAMILY

  • Hazel Ballard McKinney, Mother
  • Joy Burchett Ballard, Wife
  • Miranda Schaal & husband Chris, Daughter
  • Jennifer Tippett & husband Brian, Daughter
  • Michael Ballard & wife Sharon, Son
  • Jimmy Ballard & fiance' Tracey, Son
  • Steven Ballard, Grandson
  • Mark Ballard, Grandson
  • Blake Ballard, Grandson
  • Logan Tippett, Grandson
  • Nicholas Tippett, Grandson
  • Lauren Tippett, Granddaughter
  • Skylar Schaal, Granddaughter
  • Caiden Dolan, Great Grandson
  • Arieal Ballard, Great Granddaughter
  • Steven Ballard, Great Grandson
  • Carol Fuller & husband Joel, Sister
  • Roger McKinney, Brother
  • Billy McKinney, Brother
  • Charles McKinney, Brother
  • Larry McKinney, Brother
  • Mr. Ballard is also survived by several nieces, nephews and special friends.
  • DONATIONS

  • Heath Church Building Fund

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, August 9, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Friday, August 10, 2018
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Sherri Jones

August 9, 2018

Dear Joy,
So sorry to hear about your loss. Gene was such a special man to you and your family. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Very sorry I can not be there to support you tonight, but we are having a special service tonight in honor of Mack’s dad who passed.
Love you and know what a special lady you are.
With Live
Sherri Jones

John Adamcik

August 9, 2018

I had the privilege of getting to know Gene at work. He impressed me with his kindness and graciousness. May God bless his family.

bonnie eller

August 9, 2018

My hear goes out to you during this time of such sorrow. My prayers for peace for the entire family. Love you

Tony Moore

August 8, 2018

Gene was a special fellow, and will be greatly missed. I among others enjoyed working with him for many years. My two best memories of him were when he met his wife-to-be there at Furnitureland, and then later when he retired. He was so happy about both events. He loved his family dearly, and he mentioned them often in regular everyday conversation. He spoke of the retirement mountain house often too. I'm guessing the photo on this posting is the mountain house. It is the first time I actually had seen it, but it looks just as he described. Gene was a caring person. From how he performed his job, to how he kept up his homes, and how he took care of his family. Please accept our deepest sympathy, and our most sincere condolences to each family member. With love through Christ, Tony & Sherry Moore

Andrew Hollady

August 8, 2018

I had the pleasure of working with Gene for a number of years @ FLS, he will he missed.

Condolences to the family....

Darlene Redmon

August 8, 2018

Just want to let you and your family know that that I am praying for all of you. May the Lord give you all strength and comfort in your time of need. I am so sorry for your loss. Gene was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed.

Jessie Penley

August 7, 2018

We will miss you , but one day we will see you again, glad you were a big part of our family, so many great memories we shared

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Biography

Gene Ballard, 76, went to be with his Lord and Savior Monday, August 6, 2018 at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center due to complications from surgery.

Gene was born in Elizabethton, TN September 12, 1941, a son of the late Hazel Ballard McKinney. He retired from Furnitureland South after 25 plus years of service. Gene had a passion for hunting, arrowheads, and metal detecting and he was an accomplished carpenter and teacher. He was an avid Carolina Tarheels and NASCAR fan. Gene was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was a member of Heath Church and was preceded in death by three brothers, Billy, Charles and Larry McKinney.

Surviving are his wife, Joy Burchett Ballard; Miranda Schaal and husband Chris and Jennifer Tippett and husband Brian; two sons, Michael Ballard and wife Sharon and Jimmy Ballard and wife fiancé Tracey; a sister, Carol Fuller and husband Joel; a brother, Roger McKinney; seven grandchildren, Steven, Mark and Blake Ballard, Logan, Nicholas and Lauren Tippett and Skylar Schaal; three great-grandchildren, Caiden Dolan and Arieal and Steven Ballard; several nieces and nephews and special friends.

A Celebration of Gene's life will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the Thomasville Funeral Home Chapel by Pastor Dan Downing and Pastor Jimmy Garrett. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Heath Church Building Fund, 1375 Heath Church Rd., Lexington, NC 27292.