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Linda Sullins Ballew

Franklin, TN

Linda was born January 9, 1950 in Nashville and was preceded in death by her mother, Frances Whitehead Sullins and father, Oval B. Sullins, Sr. and her brothers, Oval B. Sullins, Jr. and James P. Sullins.

She is survived by her husband of 44 years, David L. Ballew; her children, Brennan Ballew Fischer of Franklin, TN and Justin Ballew of Manchester, PA; and five grandchildren, Cole Fischer, Campbell Fischer, Drake Pugh, Miller Ballew and Delaney Grace Ballew. She is also survived by her sister, Marie Sullins Murphree.

Linda graduated from St. Bernard Academy in 1968 and attended University of Memphis for two years. She worked as pediatric assistant to Dr. David Thombs of Old Harding Road Pediatrics from 1974-1983. She then taught PE and introduced the dance program at Franklin Road Academy for 14 years, and was passionately committed to the development of the Fine Arts Program. It was her deep honor and delight to love and play with her students, dancers, cheerleaders, actors and colleagues at FRA. Thank you, Elaine Jones and Carole Pieratt, the Lunch Bunch and the FRA family.

At age 50, Linda returned to college at Middle Tennessee State University. After graduating with a degree in Mass Communication, she worked at Centerstone and later at the YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, raising funds and friends for the worthy communities served by these non-profits. In 2006, she joined The Harnisch Foundation as the Director of Special Projects, finding great joy and meaning developing ideas and programs aimed at bringing positive social change to individuals and to the world.

Linda was committed to finding the deepest meaning in every situation and believed in the strength and healing power of love. Her favorite job was being a mother and grandmother.

Her family would especially like to thank Alive Hospice team, Amy, Dominique, Gene, Maura and Dahl. We thank Linda Decker from MDA, and Patty Lane from ALSA. Special love to thoughtful, generous high school friends Debbie, Nancy, Trish, Ginny and Tana. To Linda's A-Team: Ruth Ann, Jenny and Faith, Stephi, Barbara, Crystal and Melissa, Meme and Liz, your kindness, humor and love brought hours of comfort and joy.

Visitation to share memories with the family will be at St. Henry's Catholic Church on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 10 a.m., with a Memorial Mass at 11 a.m. A Celebration of Life will be held following the service at the home of Marie Murphree.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to The Harnisch Foundation, Alive Hospice or The Franklin Road Academy Fine Arts Program.

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Published in The Tennessean on Aug. 10, 2014
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