Ada — Services for Elzie Edgar "Eddy" Ballard, 92, Ada, are 10 a.m. Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Criswell Funeral Home Chapel, the Revs. Temple Diehl and Bob Langston officiating. Burial follows at Rosedale Cemetery with Chickasaw Honor Guard conducting full military honors. The family is receiving friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Criswell Funeral Home.
Mr. Ballard died Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at his home. He was born Nov. 30, 1920, in Ada to William E. and Flora Jones Ballard.
He attended Ada Schools and in 1941 enlisted in the Army Air Corps. Following two years of extensive training, Mr. Ballard was assigned to the 419th Night Fighter Squadron. The next two years he participated in campaigns on Guadacanal, Bougainville, Middleburg and Philippine Islands as a technical inspector and flight chief with the rank of tech/sergeant. He was discharged from the Air Force Nov. 11, 1945.
He married Merle Hopper Dec. 22, 1941, in Gulfport, Miss. He was a rancher and also employed with Merle Reed Plumbing Company and Pete Presley Plumbing Company. Mr. Ballard was a director and secretary/treasurer of Ballard Nursing Home Inc. from 1968 to 1985. He was a longtime member of Asbury United Methodist Church where he was on the official board and a trustee. Mr. Ballard held membership in Ada Round-Up Club and was a charter member of Little Red School House Committee. He also holds a life-time membership in the World War II Nightfighters Organization.
Survivors include his wife, Merle Hopper Ballard, of the home; a daughter, Charlotte A. Platt and husband David of Ada; a son John Thomas Ballard of Tulsa; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and two sisters, Rita Park of Ada, and Yvonne Pruitt and husband Dexter of Ada.
He was preceded in death by a son, Claude Edward Ballard; two sisters, Willie Reed and Virgie Weems and one brother, Deon Ballard.
Bearers will be David Earl Platt, Roger Busse, Jim Park, Bill Ballard and Richard Pearce.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Asbury United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 2342, Ada, OK 74820.
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