|Birth: ||Nov. 28, 1955|
|Death: ||Jun. 1, 1968|
Douglas Wayne Ballard, of Big Spring, Texas, drowned at about 4:00 p.m. Saturday, June 1, 1968, in Lake J. B. Thomas, about 35 miles from the city of Gail in Borden County, Texas. He was 12 years old.
Justice of the Peace Roy Haynes ruled death by accidental drowning. Slick Sneed, Borden County sheriff, said that Douglas and his older brother Danny were swimming in the lake in front of the Ballard family cabin and apparently became exhausted. Two lake patrolman were summoned and rescued Danny and recovered Douglas' body.
Doug was born on Monday, Novemeber 28, 1955 in Limestone, Maine, to Doris Gay "Shorty" Ballard and Florence "Geneva" McGaugh. He was the brother of Perry Gilbert Ballard, Danny Lee Ballard and Linda Diane Ballard.
His maternal grandparents were Harley P. McGaugh and Annie "Florence" Deel, and his paternal grandfather was O. G. Ballard.
His maternal great grandparents were James Emmet "Jim" Deel and Maudie Viola Sargent Deel.
Doug was my second cousin. I sometimes wonder what he would have become in life. "Of all sad words of tongue and pen the saddest are these, it might have been."
From Kenny Chesney's song, "Who You'd Be Today":
It ain't fair you died too young
Like a story that had just begun
But death tore the pages all away.
Would you see the world
Would you chase your dreams
Settle down with a family
I wonder what would you name your babies.
A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU TO JOSEPHINE FOR SPONSORING DOUG'S MEMORIAL.
Doris Gay Ballard (1931 - 2012)
Perry Gilbert Ballard (1951 - 1951)*
Douglas Wayne Ballard (1955 - 1968)
Trinity Memorial Park
Created by: Dennis Alan Deel
Record added: Jun 02, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8864947