|Birth: ||Nov. 24, 1923|
|Death: ||Apr. 17, 2009|
Carolyn Fountain Ballew, 85, of Amarillo died Friday, April 17, 2009.
Celebration services will be at 11:10 a.m. Monday in First Baptist Church sanctuary with Dr. Howard K. Batson officiating. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Myrtle Cemetery in Ennis by Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 S. Georgia St.
Heaven was made more joyful when Carolyn Fountain Ballew, 85, went to be with her Lord on April 17, 2009, after complications from congestive heart failure. Her life here on Earth included being a wife, mother, grandmother, homemaker, freelance writer, Waco Army-Airfield "lady riveter," and Ennis High School cheerleader. Though she delighted in all of the above, her greatest joy and fulfillment came from serving the Lord, as her favorite verse was Philippians 1:21 "For to me to live is Christ ..."
Carolyn was born Nov. 24, 1923, in Ennis to Lynn H. and Sarah Ann Fountain. After attending Baylor University from 1943 to 1944, she married her high school sweetheart, Julius Durwood "J.D." Ballew on May 6, 1944, at Bowman Field outside Louisville, Ky. After World War II, Carolyn and J.D. lived in Lubbock and Seagraves before moving in 1951 to Amarillo, where J.D. accepted a position as assistant power plant manager with Southwestern Public Service Co.
During the next 52 years, they raised three children, served faithfully at First Baptist Church in Amarillo, as Sunday school teachers, and traveled annually to Colorado, where Carolyn drew much of her inspiration for her articles and books such as "Mystery in the Rockies" and "Queen of the Rockies." Carolyn served as president of the Panhandle Pen women from 1977 to 1978. She frequently participated in mission trips, which included work in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Virginia, South Dakota, Montana, Colorado, New Mexico, South Texas on the Rio Grande River, Mexico and Jamaica.
Survivors include a daughter, Gloria Cowan and husband Lee of Cedar Hill; two sons, David D. Ballew and wife Ann of Abilene and Daniel B. Ballew and wife Linda of Amarillo; an uncle, Forrest Fountain and wife Wanda of Memphis; six grandchildren, J.D. Hix and wife Amber of Richardson, Mindy Bible and husband Tom of Midland, Brad Ballew of Abilene, Daniel Morris and Amber, Michael Morris and wife Angie and Kayla Davis and husband Skyler, all of Amarillo; and six great-grandchildren, Landon, Logan and Lauren Bible, all of Midland, and Berkleigh Nicole Shook, Trinity Morris and Alexis Davis, all of Amarillo.
The family suggests memorials be to Gideons International, 2200 W. Seventh Ave., Amarillo, TX 79106.
Visitation will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Sign the online guest book at www.schoolerfuneralhome.com.
Amarillo Globe-News, April 19, 2009
Julius Durwood Ballew (1923 - 2003)*
Created by: Kenneth D. Bogard
Record added: Apr 19, 2009
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