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 Carl Lee Ballinger

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Carl Lee Ballinger

  • Birth 17 Mar 1920 Arkansas, USA
  • Death 10 Mar 2000 Arkansas, USA
  • Burial Sallisaw, Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Memorial ID 25571502

Carl Ballinger is the son of John William Ballinger and Maud Askins, and the grandson of William Granville Ballinger and Samantha Clayborn. Like other Ballinger and Clayborn family members before him, he served in the military and saw action in the U.S. Army during World War II.
After returning from combat, he married Dolores Palmer, a lifetime resident of Sallisaw, OK, who is the daughter of former housing contractor Duff Palmer and Pearl Emma Pryor Palmer, former resident of Harmony and Clarksville, AR. Dolores's great-grandmother, Louisa Wade Palmer, widow of William Palmer, was a pioneer of Sequoyah Co, crossing the frozen Arkansas River in a wagon and moving into Indian Territory in the 1880's. Her grandfather, William Walker Palmer, began the enterprise of transporting the mail and passengers (then located south of Sallisaw) to and from the train station. These same grandparents, W.W. and Sarah Elizabeth Walden Palmer, were pioneers of Sallisaw, moving their business with them when the town moved to its present location. Her uncle, Sebastian Palmer, was an architect and engineer, building the Sallisaw Dam and designing the Depot (Sallisaw Library).
Together Carl and Dolores raised three children and taught them their principals of Truth, Worship, and Dedication to family and community. They have helped to develop Sallisaw and continue to work tirelessly for others. Dolores is a former teacher, and Carl owned and operated a service station, then shortly after he became Court Clerk for Sequoyah Co., OK. Later he owned an auto dealership in Sallisaw, OK.
Much of his life has been dedicated to the service of others, including the following veterans' organizations:
1) He was the First Commander for the Military Order of the Purple Heart
2) He chartered the Military Order of the Purple Heart in Oklahoma
3) He was the State Commander for Purple Heart for 2 years
4) He was District Commander for the American Legion
5) He was both Service Officer and Post Commander for the following: American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Purple Heart; and Service Officer for VFW
6) He was National Service Officer and Judge Advocate for AM VETS
7) He was Selective Service Chairman for Sequoyah County
8) Chamber of Commerce
Carl is a lifetime member of all Veteran's Organizations listed and a lifetime server to same. Information supplied by Beverly Ballinger Riggs.

OBITUARY: "Sequoyah County Times" SERVICE RITES FOR VETERAN
Services for Carl Lee Ballinger, 79, of Sallisaw, Ok, a former Sequoyah County court clerk and a World War II Veteran, were held at 3 p.m. Monday at the First Assembly of God Church in Sallisaw.
Mr. Ballinger was born March 17, 1920 in Van Buren, AR to John William Ballinger and Maud Askins Ballinger. He died Friday, March 10, 2000 in Fort Smith, AR.
He was the owner-operator of Ballinger Auto Sales and a service station owner, and was a former Sequoyah County court clerk.
He married Dolores Palmer on June 3, 1947.
Mr. Ballinger served in the U.S. Army during World War II and, although he lost an arm in the service, much of his life was dedicated to the service of others.
A disabled World War II Veteran and Bronze Star recipent, Mr. Ballinger was injured north of Rome, Italy, on Sept. 22, 1944. He received the Rome-Arno Campaigne Medal, the Overseas Service Bar, the European-African Middle Eastern Theatre Medal, the Purple Heart, and the Good Conduct Medal.
Mr. Ballinger was the first Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, and he chartered the Military order of the Purple Heart for the state of Oklahoma. He served as state commander of the Order for two years.
He served as the national service officer and judge advocate for AM VETS. He was district commander for the American Legion, and was both service officer and post commander for the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans and Purple Heart, and was service officer for the Veterans of Foreigh Wars (VFW).
Mr. Ballinger was the Selective Service Chairman for Sequoyah County and served on the Sallisaw Chanber of Commerce. He was a lifetime member and volunteer for all of the above veterans' organizations.


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  • Maintained by: Beverly Lamb Shenold
  • Originally Created by: Darrell G. Hill
  • Added: 27 Mar 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 25571502
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Carl Lee Ballinger (17 Mar 1920–10 Mar 2000), Find A Grave Memorial no. 25571502, citing Sallisaw City Cemetery, Sallisaw, Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Beverly Lamb Shenold (contributor 47432644) .