On Thursday morning, June 13, 2019, Sammy "BoBo" Ballard, 75, resident of Ripley and proud Vietnam War Veteran, passed away in the comfort of his home following an extended illness.
A Celebration of Life Service, with Military Honors, will be at 1 PM Monday June 17 in The Heritage Chapel of Ripley Funeral Home with Bro. Terry Ray Vuncannon officiating. Burial will follow in Tippah Memorial Gardens at Ripley.
Mr. Ballard was born August 30, 1943 in Tippah County, the son of the late Ellis and Veatrice Wooley Ballard. He received his education in the Center Public School System in Tippah County and was married On December 20, 1969 to his beloved wife, the former Anita Morrison, who survives.
Mr. Ballard was a member of Turners Chapel Baptist Church and retired from the Ripley City Gas Department eleven years ago. He proudly served his country in The United States Army during the Vietnam War Period and was the recipient of The Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.
A loving husband, father, brother , grandfather and friend, Mr. Ballard will be remembered for his love of motorcycles, watching NASCAR that included his favorite drivers- the legendary Dale Earnhardt and Tony Stewart and wrestling- --ALL wrestling.
Visitation will be Sunday, June 16 from 5 PM to 8 PM and will continue Monday June 17 until service time at The Ripley Funeral Home.
In addition to his wife of 49 years, he leaves a son, Jason Ballard of Ripley, three sisters, Pat Harris (Bill) of Dunlap, TN, Shirley Huffstrickler of New Albany and Diane Ford of Ripley, two grandchildren, Alex and Micah Ballard and his loyal pet canine, "Shadow".
The family requests that memorials be directed to The Good Samaritan Center, 113 Bails Rd, Ripley, MS 38663.
The flag at The Ripley Funeral Home entrance honors Mr. Ballard and all Veterans for their service to our Country...GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!
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