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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)
winkiesings@gmail.com
Houston, Texas
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