OKOLONA – James Nash Ballard Jr., 79, died Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in route to North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born April 9, 1934, in Lee County to Nash Ballard Sr. and Dovie Taylor Ballard.

As a youngster during the Korean Conflict, he served honorably in the U.S. Army. He worked early in life for the Lyric Theatre and 78 Drive Inn and spent most of his working life in maintenance for several local concerns. A longtime member of New Hope Baptist Church near Plantersville, he had lived most of his life in Lee County except for a few years in Memphis and the last five years south of Okolona near his daughter. He enjoyed collecting knives, was an avid conversationalist and always showed interest in his family and friends.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14, at Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Lowell Johnson officiating. Private burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park.

Survivors include his two daughters, Barbara Ballard Benson and husband, Randy of Brewer and Debbie Ballard Bowen and husband, Leslie of Okolona; the mother of his daughters, Nona Wayne Huffman McBunch of Nettleton; five grandchildren, Angela Smith (Chris), Scott Benson, Lance Bowen (Lorri), Shane Bowen (Heather) and Derek Bowen (Vanessa), 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; his sister, Joan Bennett (Charlie) of Nettleton; and his brother, William “Billy” Ballard of the Tater Hills Community.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Nash and Dovie Ballard; and his wife, Margaret Ballard on Jan. 12, 2013.

Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday and from 10 a.m. until service time Monday, all at Tupelo Chapel.

Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

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