Auburn Franklin Ballard, Jr.

December 4, 1933 - February 22, 2009

Mr. A. F. "Jr" Ballard, age 75 of Celina, Texas passed away February 22, 2009 at his home in Celina. He was born December 4, 1933 in Lowry City, Missouri to Auburn Franklin Ballard, Sr. and Jessie Violet (Osborn) Ballard. He married Theo Ballard on May 16, 1952 in Eunice, New Mexico and was employed as a Maintenance-Mail Carrier for Frisco ISD. He is survived by daughters; Shelia Morgeson, Yvonne Cannon, Penny Ballard, and Jessie Humphries and husband Ray, all of Celina, Texas; brother, T. J. Ballard and wife Barbara of Kansas City, Missouri; 12 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren, 2 nieces and one nephew . He is preceded in death by his wife, Theo Ballard, daughters, Diana Arnold and Tracy Ballard, son-in-law, Earl Morgeson and both parents. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 2:00 P.M. at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel in Celina with Pastor Vince Barnes officiating. Interment followed at Rowlett Cemetery in Plano, Texas. A visitation with the family will be held on Wednesday, Feburary 25, 2009 beginning at 6:00 pm at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Celina.

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I just learned that Junior Ballad left this Earth last week for his journey to Heaven. I worked with Junior for many years in the Frisco ISD and will always remember how pleasant and kind he was to everyone and to me. He worked very hard for the district and became an icon to those of us who worked here in the early years. He will always be remembered as one that we loved and appreciated deeply. I send my deepest sympathy to his family --Janice Stahly Scott Janice Kaye Scott, March 2, 2009 I just heard about Junior's death and wanted to express my sympathy to the family. He was always willing to help at school in any way he could and was always pleasant about doing so. He will be missed by all who knew him and his family... I had wondered about Ray recently so give him my regards. May God bless you during this time of sorrow. Donna Patterson, February 28, 2009 I worked with Junior for several years at Frisco ISD. He was always willing to go the extra mile for the business office. From delivering board documents or picking up payroll/finance reports at Region 10, never do I remember him complaining. Please accept my sincere sympathy. Lynda G Vest-Humbarger, February 25, 2009 Remember playing Bingo with him a couple of times at the Center and he won. Carolyn Morgeson, February 24, 2009