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July 12, 2014

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July 12, 2014

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March 31, 2014
Sorry to hear about a good friend Remembering the good times at the dance studio playing for great dancers For the good times My best to his
Great family
July 25, 2011
July 17, 2011
I have heard wonderful stories of George Ballas through the years from my Mother, Vivian Johnston Money (Columbus Georgia). She met George as a teenager in Rayville Louisiana, where her sister and brother in law, Dorma & C.W. Gallman lived across the street from the Ballas family.

She tells of first seeing George in the senior high school play, where he had the lead role---and at the end of the play, kissed the leading lady. Amazed--my Mother said they would have never been allowed to "kiss" on the stage at her high school
--Jordan High School in Columbus Georgia!!

They became friends and would always see each other on her visits to Rayville. She tells of having dinner in the Ballas home and being served wine, preparations for Stella's wedding (Mrs. Ballas making lace cookies)and many happy and memorable times spent with George and friends in Rayville.

She and Stella exchanged letters for quite some time, then eventually lost contact. My Mother has always loved to write letters (and still does at age 85).

When George entered the service, they faithfully wrote letters back and forth. One day when George, stationed in Texas, was at the mail box to send her a letter, he struck up a conversation with a fellow soldier, and found out that he was from Columbus Georgia and had graduated with my Mother-- what a small world! Unfortunately, James Clark was killed while in training. When George was discharged from the service, he came through Columbus and spent several days with my Mother and my Grandparents. While there, he and Mother went to visit with James Clark's family-----what an impression this made on me when hearing this while growing up. I knew he must have been such a kind, thoughtful and caring man.

Mother has pictures of George in his uniform, George and Stella, and Mrs Ballas, and loves to tell of their friendship and many happy times spent in Rayville.

Please know that we share your great loss. What a wonderful man he must have been--I am just sorry I never had the opportunity to meet him, but am able to "know him" through my Mother's stories and through the accomplishments of Corky, Mark and all of his family in the television, internet,and newspaper articles.

The world has lost a truely great man, but know he continues to live in the hearts of all he has touched through the years.
July 16, 2011
To all who have taken their precious time to post beautiful heartfelt words regarding my Daddy!

In a time of grieving as I am now experiencing, I am realizing the importance of 'the human heart'!. Your condolences, prayers, scriptures, loving comments, lighting of the candles, have each and every one ... pierced my heart, mind and soul in a way of healing that cannot be described.

Those of you who new my Daddy, your MEMORIES, STORIES, ADJECTIVES, DESCRIPTIONS of who he was not only uplift me but allow me to see different facets of him that I never would have seen . . . thus, MORE HEALING for me.

Because of your kindness, because of the time you took to share your heart, I not only am able to to return to 'daily routine', but am doing so with a new energy and outlook on life.

I love all of you by the connection we share through the Spirit my Dad carried while here and carries now.

One of Dad's favorites was, "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you."

Thank you and may you go forward in Godspeed!

Prov: 3:5-7

Maria Jamail (Winkie Ballas)
Houston, Texas
July 08, 2011
I offer my sincere condolences to your family and may God give you His peace during this difficult time.
July 05, 2011
Kudos for George Ballas' long, happy and productive life.

I met George in the very early 50's in San Antonio when we were fellow dance instructors for Arthur Murray. We referred to each other as Mr. Ballas and Miss Lindsay because, in those days, to have used our first names would have seemed too familiar and WE WERE PROFESSIONALS! When I was obviously pregnant with my first child I became "Mrs." Lindsay, an early nod to political correctness.

I remember how much George loved and admired outstanding dancing, especially flamenco. I'm sure both he and Maria were thrilled to see their son and grandson continue to uphold the family tradition of great dancing.

I remember George as being an optimist AND a realist. He was committed to excellence and the precepts of positive thinking. He was also endlessly kind and caring to the myriad of people with whom he came in contact.

We need more like him.


Nancy Lindsay Idlet
Austin, TX.
July 05, 2011
Dear Ballas family.
My sincere condolences to your family on the loss of a true gentleman.Your fathers witt and charm was definely passed down to both to Corky and Mark
Corky when you was with Cloris on DWTS you gave the utmost enjoyable performance and your father could'nt have been more proud of you.
He was a joy and a inspiration to all he met.
Sincere Condolences
Dorrie Novak
and family
July 05, 2011
So sorry for your loss. May you find great comfort in your loving thoughts of George and may all the precious moments you shared with him help you get through this difficult time.
July 04, 2011
Oh George, Dear Dear George:
We are so thankful to have had you and your family in our lives. You changed our lives for sure & and you did change the world with dancing and helped the world with trimming and landscaping!!! Ray and I have talked about coming to visit you the past 2 years...I so wish that we had made it before you got sick. (Never ever procrastinate and you didn't. You got an idea and you jumped on it.) How I miss that deep voice, that most contagious laugh and your positive and exciting atti-
tude!!! I don't know if you and Maria were aware of the letter that I mailed you about 2 or 3 weeks ago....because Buck said that you were already not doing
well at all.....but I know that you know how much we love and appreciate you and your family. You will always live in our hearts, minds and in so many fond and fun memories!!! You inspired many...more than you know...George Ballas!!!! You truly are an exceptional man, husband, father, grandfather and friend (much above the norm!!!! ) You leave a legacy for your family and friends and have proven that if you want to do anything badly enough, you believe in it,pursue it, work hard at it and if you never never ever give up... it can be done. So, George ...since you will live in our hearts forever & ever,I will just say .....that I know you are up there now with your family members and most likely looking around to see if there is anything you can improve up there ...maybe how to make the sky more
blue, the stars a little brighter, heaven
a little clearer or even fix the firmament a little better....but ..relax now...Dear Friend...YOU CAN REST NOW, YOU
HAVE ACCOMPLISHED MUCH,and we will just say to you...... "Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant! "***The stars and all ARE MUCH BRIGHTER NOW*** because you are there!!!!! We love you and thank you for being in our lives!!!!! Arlene and Ray Todd and Family
July 04, 2011
Its sad to hear
of someones Death
As Our prayers are said`
rip`George C. Ballas Sr.

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