James T. Ballard, 72,was born August 31, 1939 in Marshall, TX to Ruben Ballard and Gussie Mae Flowers and passed away August 25, 2012 in Houston, TX. James was a US Navy veteran and also was employed with the Merchant Marine as a seaman for Sabine Towing Company. James was a long time resident of Beaumont prior to moving to Lumberton in 2005. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Friday, August 31 at Claybar Kelley-Watkins Funeral Home with interment following at Pine Ridge Cemetery in Sour Lake. A gathering of family and friends will be Thursday, August 30, from 5:00 - 8:00 PM at the funeral home. James is survived by his daughters; Danette Ballard of Beaumont, Katherine Thibodeaux and husband Joey of Lumberton and Carrie Ballard of Lumberton; two granddaughters, Athena and Victoria and a great-grandson, Peyton; sister, Patsy Luckey; and brothers Bennie and Jerry Ballard. He was preceded in death by his wife, Diana D. Laughlin Ballard; his parents; brother, Robert and sisters, Carolyn and Betty.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Aug. 30, 2012