James (Jim) Ballard, age 85, of Coleman, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007, at Coleman County Medical Center. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, in Stevens Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bill Ballard officiating and assisted by the Rev. Bill Schoneman. Burial will follow in the Brown Ranch Cemetery under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

James (Jim) Ballard was born May 8, 1922, in Fisk, Coleman County, Texas, a son of Chester Newton Ballard Sr. and Etta A. Frazier Ballard. He grew up in Coleman County and graduated from Mozelle High School. From 1942-1946 he served his country in the United States Army. Jim moved to Pasadena, Texas, in 1950 where he worked for Champion International, retiring in 1987. After his retirement, he moved to Coleman and had lived here since that time. He was a member of Central Baptist Church and a regular for breakfast at Owl Drug Store six mornings a week.

Survivors include six sisters, Melba Wesson of Brownwood, Allene Cope of Coleman, Aleta Trigg and husband James of Corpus Christi, Clara Row and husband Buck of Midland, Jean Groze of Fort Worth, Joan Stanton and husband Don of Silsbee; three brothers, the Rev. Bill Ballard and wife Barbara of Big Spring, Chester Ballard of Brownwood and Wiley Ballard and wife Carol of Midland; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester N. Ballard Sr. and Etta Frazier Ballard; one brother, Courtney Ballard; and two sisters, Roseleen Metts and Mary Williams.

Family visitation will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday at Stevens Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Loaves and Fishes, P. O. Box 105, Coleman, TX 76834.

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