A graveside service for Ernest Gene Ballard, 85, of Winters, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 17 at Greenleaf Cemetery in Brownwood. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 16 at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger.

He passed away Saturday, May 12, 2018 in Abilene.

He was born Dec. 29, 1932 to Eddie and Nadine (Glenn) Ballard in Marthaville, Louisiana. He honorably served his country, during the Korean War, as a member of the United States Army. He married Barbara Gilbert, on June 5, 1954, in Brownwood.

Survivors include his children, Steven Ballard and wife Debbie of Winters, Terry Ballard and wife Renee of Texas City, and Larry Ballard of Brownwood; grandchildren, Guy Ballard of Weatherford, Brandon Ballard of Granbury, Courtney Neal of San Antonio, Kris Ballard of Abilene, Kevin Ballard of Winters, and Kody Ballard of Texas City.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara; his parents; daughter, Deborah Sue Sommers; and son-in-law, Scott Sommers.