Willie Ballard

Willie A. Ballard

Saturday, July 11th, 1942 - Monday, April 20th, 2020
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Willie Albert Ballard, Sr., age 77, of Vandalia, died Monday, April 20, 2020 in his residence.

He was born July 11, 1942 in Jackson, Mississippi, the fifth of ten children of Will Henry and Margaret Ballard. He married Curley Beatrice Lee October 17, 1964 in Three Rivers, Michigan.

Willie enjoyed playing chess and shooting pool. He coached little league and was the best coach ever. He was an avid golfer. He cherished his family and proudly spoke highly of his wife and each of his children and grandchildren, even if they were right or wrong. Willie worked at Clark Equipment in Buchanan from 1963 to 1974, until he injured his knee. In 1997, he suffered a massive heart attack and had quadruple bypass surgery. After that, he picked up whatever jobs he could.

Willie was a long time, trusted, valued and respected employee of Connelly (Wagner Family) Funeral Home in Cassopolis and was always a welcome sight by the families they served.

Willie will be greatly missed by family and friends. He is survived by his wife of fifty-five years, Curley Ballard of Vandalia; one daughter, Nancy Ballard of Cassopolis; sons, Willie (Dawn Copley) Ballard, Jr. of Elkhart, Rodney (Nicole) Ballard, Sr., of Buchanan, Lynell (Lynell Brown) Ballard, Sr., of Elkhart; daughter in law, Jennifer Ballard of Prattville, Alabama; ten grandchildren, Willie “Scooter” (Kevin Bailey) Ballard III, Morgan Forest, Malik Ballard, Marquise (Krissy) Hall, Rodney Ballard, Jr., Jarius Ballard, Lynell “LJ” (Jade Gatson) Ballard, Jr., Lindsey Johnson, LaQuisia Ballard, Janea’ Ballard, four great grandchildren, London McNair, DJ McNair, Aria Hall, Paris Ballard, with a great granddaughter, Scarllet Ballard on the way; three sisters, Velma Danzy of Grand Rapids, Pearl (Joseph) Hunt of Cassopolis, Dorothy Williams of Elkhart, one brother, Kenneth (Arlene) Williams of Portage; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Alfred Ballard, Eddie Ballard; three sisters, Patricia Curtis, Margaret Ballard, and Lois Thomas.

The family will observe a private remembrance.

The family prefers contributions in memory of Willie be made to the family c/o Wagner Family Funerals, 202 North Broadway Street, Cassopolis, Michigan 49031.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Cassopolis. Please share a memory or a message online.
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Lynell Ballard

Posted at 04:37am
Don’t think for a second that I don’t miss you grandpa I love you so much I can’t believe your gone hopefully you and your grandson are looking down on us wishing for the best I love you grandpa

Nancy Ballard

Posted at 12:35pm
Its been 3 months without you, its weird as all day. Not being to talk or see you. I know your not hurting anymore but want I wouldn't give to see you again. Love and miss you Pops. Rest easy until we meet again.

Michelle Lofton

Posted at 01:56pm
Good memories as a teenager and a wonderful support at Wagner funeral home when I lost several family members. Although I didn't see him much, when I did, we hugged in passing and talked just bit. He will be missed 😢

Jennifer Ballard

Posted at 08:27pm
You will always be with me in my heart you was a great person who loved your family dearly i will miss you dearly you was my 2nd dad for almost 30 yrs and i love you willie keep watching over us all and keep your hand on us

LaQuisia Ballard

Posted at 11:19pm
Man pops I miss you and I love you. I didn’t get to tell you that but I do love you and nothing will be the same without you. We was always joking and having a good time! I’m glad you got to told your great granddaughter we both love you. I’m lost without out pops🙁 I know you ain’t hurting no more but man💔 I love you see you soon.
LaQuisia, Paris Ballard

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