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Obituary: George F.Ballard, Jr. – Football 1956 & 57 and 1960-61 – December 27, 2017


George F. Ballard, Jr. – Posted on the Morning Advocate website.  

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Was just informed by Paul Waters that one of our teammates, George Ballard, had passed away on December 27, 2017.  George was on the USL Football Team when I arrived there in January 1961.  I never knew that he had served in the Marine Corps before arriving at USL like another one of our teammates, Jim McNutt.  I also did not know that he lived in the Baton Rouge area.  The last information I had was that he was in Texas.  As most of you also know, another one of our teammates, Fletcher Songe, served in the U. S. Navy before arriving at USL.

Semper fi

Tom Kelly

Posted on the Morning Advocate website.
Born in Longview, TX, but raised as a true son of Louisiana in Lake Charles and Lafayette, George F. Ballard, Jr. passed away in Baton Rouge on December 27, 2017 after a lengthy illness.

George earned his B.S. in Business Administration – University of Southwestern Louisiana (1963) and his M.S. in Finance from Louisiana State University (1994). He worked as a Certified Public Accountant in Texas and Louisiana and was a retired member of Ernst & Young (1962-92).

An avid outdoorsman, George taught his kids how to hunt and fish in the woods and waterways of Louisiana. A patriot, he served with honor in the United States Marine Corps, stationed on Okinawa.

An athlete, he played center for the Ragin’ Cajun football team. George was active in many professional and social organizations throughout his life and has been recognized for his work and leadership by many of these including: The Rotary Club of Laredo and Baton Rouge (where he served as District Governor 1986-87), The Baton Rouge General Medical Center Board of Trustees, The Salvation Army of Baton Rouge (recognized for 45 years of service), active member of the Laredo and Baton Rouge Chambers of Commerce (where he served on the Board of Directors), the Boy Scouts of America (recipient of the Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope awards as well as an Eagle Scout class honoree), the Baton Rouge Symphony, Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, Baton Rouge Speech & Hearing Foundation, Perkins Cancer Center, Krewe de Louisianne (1994-97), Capital Area United Way, LSU E.J. Ourso College of Business Administration- Dean’s Advisory board, fundraiser for the LSU Tiger Baseball team, the Baton Rouge Better Business Bureau, Advanced Literacy Advocates, and the United Methodist Church.

Most importantly, George was the patriarch of his wonderful family. George is survived by his wife of 57 years, Keigh Hidalgo Ballard; his children, Pete Ballard and his wife Wendy Ballard, Cindy Keigh Allmon and her husband Jon Christian Allmon, M.D., and Marla Lynn Fitzpatrick; ten grandchildren, Lindsay Carol Ballard McGowan, Courtney Taylor Ballard, Molly Elizabeth Ballard, Hunter George Ballard, Madison Grace Ballard, William Christian Allmon, Taylor Keigh Allmon, Haley Keigh Fitzpatrick, Leann Alice Fitzpatrick, Ryan Patrick Fitzpatrick; two great-grandchildren, Parker Floyd McGowan and Hudson Glenn Tate; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Judy Burleigh Crews and Art Crews; two nieces, Brandy Burleigh Fontenot and Meredith Burleigh great nephew Ian Burleigh Guidroz; and many other special friends that are like family, but too many to name.

We would like to thank all of our caretakers especially Diane Young and Carolyne Duhe, for all of the love and devotion shown to George. Visitation will be at First United Methodist Church, 930 North Blvd., Baton Rouge, on Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 12:30 pm until a Methodist Service at 2:00 pm conducted by Rev. Brady Whitton. Inurnment will be in the First United Methodist Church Columbarium. Honorary pallbearers will be his son-in-law, Chris Allmon, three grandsons, Hunter George Ballard, Ryan Patrick Fitzpatrick, and William Christian Allmon, and Butch Sason, Dr. Joseph Pellecchia, Richard Dunn, Judge Melvin Shortess, Chad Thompson, Anthony Jowid, Bernal Slight and Pete Losavio. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the Salvation Army, Hospice of Baton Rouge, First United Methodist Church, and the Boy Scouts of America. Please share condolences at www.rabenhorst.com.

Athletic Network Footnote by Dr. Ed Dugas.

Email received from Tom Kelly Jan. 14, 2018

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