Ballard, Wilbur

Wilbur Lee Ballard

July 16, 1939 - April 9, 2021

Wilbur Lee Ballard of Plano, Texas passed away on April 9, 2021 at the age of 81. He was born on July 16, 1939 to Clarence and Lorena (Stokley) Ballard in Winnsboro, Texas. Wilbur proudly served his country in the United States Army. While stationed in Germany he met his future wife Inge at a country fair in Miltenberg and brought her to Texas.  He married Inge Blumoser on June 4, 1960 in Sulphur Springs, Texas and they celebrated their 60th anniversary in 2020. Wilbur worked as a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service in Richardson, Texas. He was a member of the Meadows Baptist Church in Plano, Texas.

Wilbur was an avid sports fan, especially loved the Texas Rangers Baseball team, Old Country music, rodeos, old cars and car auctions.

Wilbur is survived by his wife, Inge Ballard of Plano, Texas; brother Dwendell Ballard of Winnsboro, Texas; sons, Michael Ballard and wife, Michelle of Wylie, Texas and James Ballard and wife, Janet of Frisco, Texas; granddaughter, Amber Leigh Ballard of Wylie, Texas; sister-in-law, Rita Hauck and her husband, Adolf of Miltenberg, Germany; brother-in-law, Georg Blumoser and wife, Irene; sister-in-law, Elke Blumoser; nieces and nephews, Tammy Ballard Henry, Terri Ballard Monday, Carla Clay, Carlene Miller, Cassandra Estrada,Jurgen Hauck, Michael Hauck, Martina Schmitt, Doris Scholz, Volker Blumoser, Andrea Korn, Bettina Wolf, Roland Blumoser, Udo Blumoser, Alexander Blumoser, Jutta Repplinger; and numerous other loving family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Lorena; and sister, Clarine Ballard; sister-in-law Shirley Ballard; brothers-in-law Anton Blumoser and wife, Agnes; Norbert Blumoser; and nephews Danny Ballard, Chris Clay.

A funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m., on Thursday April 15, 2021 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home, 2525 Central Expressway North in Allen, Texas.  Interment will follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen, Texas. The family will receive friends during a "come and go" visitation on Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Only a limited number of guests will be allowed to enter the funeral home at any one time to maintain social distancing.

The service will be live streamed at TJMfuneral.com on Wilbur's obituary page by clicking on the following link:  https://celebrationoflife.tv/blog/wilbur-lee-ballard.  After the service, the recorded live stream will be available for viewing.

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Wilbur always had a smile for everyone. We attended Sunday School together. He was a great Christian and we will really miss him. Jess & Wanda Mills, April 15, 2021 Wilber you will truly be missed you are one great person who helped me when Phil died and know you will be with the Angels and God.You also can play cards with Phil while you are up their looking down on us here.I will do anything possible for your loving wife Inge god bless your soul. Your loving friend Ann Ann. Phillips, April 14, 2021 Every Sunday morning... I mean "EVERY SUNDAY MORNING" Wilbur came through the doors of his home church, Meadows,,, He was FAITHFUL in friendship and in attendance to church each week. He was our hero of the faith. Even when illness beset him..even when he could barely walk, Inge would bring him and he would get out of the car with his 'walking sticks' or cane and he came to church. He had a contagious smile and he LOVED THE LORD JESUS. I count it such a JOY to my heart and soul to have known him for so many years and to encourage him in the last 2 years, with his huge health challenges. He indeed was a man after God's own heart. and this is surely Heaven's gain and this world's loss. The words to the hymn below belong to Wilbur's legacy... "Dear Lord, I yield myself to thee, And would forever thy servant be; At thy command to come and go, And do whate’er I’m bid to do. Whether I have more vigorous health, or larger stores of worldly wealth, I would devote my all to thee, Whose bounties are so rich and free. And when my labor here shall end, Let me to brighter worlds ascend, Where all thy saints in concert join, To celebrate thy love divine." Praying for you, the family, as you grieve yet rejoice of his life's work loving the Lord. -The Johnsons Psalm 116:15 Barbara and Tom Johnson, April 12, 2021 Going to miss this guy, our phone calls to each other about every week or so. Wilbur was just one heck of a good guy, kind and generous. Go rest high on that mountain, Wilbur!. Richard Davis, April 12, 2021