Master Sargeant Gene Jerome Ballard, Ret., age 78, of Talladega, AL passed away on August 3, 2012. Visitation was held on Wednesday, August 8 from 10 to 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Pell City. The service was held Wednesday, August 8 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Pell City with interment to follow at Alabama National Cemetery, Montevallo at 2:45 p.m. He is survived by his wife, Rita G. Ballard, son, Gene Jerome Ballard, Jr., daughters, Mona Ballard Evanochko, Lisa Ballard Murdoch, Mary Kay Ballard Wyatt, sisters, Kaythern B. Sams, Mary Frank Kelley, Janice Jackson, grandchildren, Rita Melise Harris, Megan Brasher, Erin Lawley, Lauren Brascho, Britton Evanochko, Heather Murdoch, Courtney Ballard, Drake Grier, Lauren Grier, Gene Jerome Ballerd, III, Jenna Ballard, Kaylee Emerson, Emily Wyatt, great-granddaughters, Abby Grace Harris, Katlynn Grier, Charlotte Joy Harris, Gabrielle Grier, Jayda Ballard, Addison Murdoch Forbes. He is preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Ruby Ballard, and his brother, Buddy C. Ballard. Mr. Ballard was married to his wonderful wife, Rita for 60 years. Mr. Ballard was a great daddy, grandfather, great-grandfather and he was known as Pop by all. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force for 23 years and was flight Engineer on C-141’s. He was thought of as the hero of heroes. In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, Office of Development and Community Relations, NP 2500, 1802 6th Avenue South, 1530 3rd Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35282-9885. Condolences may be offered at www.kilgroefh.com. Kilgroe Funeral Home – Pell City will direct services.
Published on  August 10, 2012