Gainesville - Mr. Lee Ballard, 83, of Gainesville, Florida, formerly of Cross City, FL, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014.

Mr. Ballard graduated from Loyola University in Baltimore, MD and then enlisted in the Maryland National Guard in 1951. He served in Alaska from 1953-55. He worked as a Manager for Loss Prevention for the Ford Motor Company in Detroit, Michigan retiring in 1990 after 27 years of service. He was a long time member and Past Executive Director of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators (IAATI) and a Shriner. He enjoyed scuba diving all over the world and was a member of the Professional Association of Diving Instructors. He was an avid traveler, having covered all of the 50 states and Canadian provinces. He and his grandson Geoff enjoyed touring many of the national parks together. Mr. Ballard was a member of the Westside Baptist Church where he was a deacon and senior adult Sunday school teacher.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Ann Ballard of Gainesville, FL; daughter, Dawn Ballard; step-daughter, Brenda (Chris) Hartwell of Gainesville; grandson, Geoffrey M. (Laura) Brown; step-grandson, Copelan Hartwell; granddaughter, Krissy Ashbaugh; and great grandsons, Joey Brown and Brett Williams. He was preceded in death by his first wife, of 42 years, Pat Ballard; daughter, Diana Brown; and great granddaughter Keeley Thomas.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Westside Baptist Church, Gainesville, FL with Minister of Youth and Families, Asa Walker and Dr. Fritz Fountain officiating.

Arrangements have been placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City, Florida,


Funeral Home

Rick Gooding Funeral Home
16984 SE Highway 19 Cross City, FL 32628

Published in Gainesville Sun from Apr. 17 to Apr. 18, 2014