“Tooter” Delnor Ballard, 77, of Brownwood, passed away in Waco, Tuesday, March, 18, 2020. A celebration of life service will be held in his honor.
“Tooter” was born Nov. 23, 1942, in San Angelo to Eddie Adolph and Tinney Velma (Elliott) Ballard. He attended and graduated from Brownwood High School. Following graduation, “Tooter” enlisted in the United States Army, as a medical specialist, where he was also classified as a rifle marksmen. Oct. 9, 1963, “Tooter” married Billie Coker. He was a local business owner selling automobiles at Ballard Auto Sales. Playing golf and taking care of his cows was a favorite pastime for him. He loved Listening to music, especially Elvis Presley and Dean Martin, filled much of his quite time, but playing around with his four grandchildren added to his excitement. “Tooter” loved to watch western movies and was even cast as a character in a book “Trails End” by Fredrick Bean, a coffee drinking friend. When he told a story, “Tooter” would get so excited telling it, that he would have to stop just to have a good laugh. He was a member of First Christian Church, a member of a coin collector club in Brownwood, and a collector of arrowheads.
“Tooter” is survived by his wife of 57 years, Billie Ballard; daughters, Laura Atchley and husband Monte of Brownwood, Jenny Pearcy and husband Lynn of Wichita Falls; son, Jeff Ballard of Austin; grandson, Scott Pearcy of Austin; granddaughter, Brianna Pearcy of Wichita Falls; grandson, Elen Atchley of Brownwood; granddaughter, Sarah Atchley of Brownwood; and four brothers, Rudolph and Carrie Ballard of Brownwood, Henry Ballard of DFW, Carl Dee and Donna Ballard of San Angelo and Vernon and Melissa Ballard of Manor.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; and two sisters.