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Ballard, James "Larry"

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August 11, 1937 - September 20, 2018

Ballard, James "Larry"

BALLARD, James LARRY peacefully slipped away on Thursday, Sept. 20th with his wife, Paula, by his side and his 3 children, Debbie, David & Jay close by. He was our Rock, If it was broken he could fix it.  If it was hurt he was there to make it better.  He had that gift of gab that made you smile.

Larry, was a resident and active volunteer of Wichita Falls for over 20 years, before recently relocating to Dallas to be close to family and outstanding medical staff. His long and esteemed HVAC career included 25+ years beginning in Tyler, Texas at GE/Trane, Carrier and retiring at Magic Aire in Wichita Falls in addition to owning his own photography studio as a Professional Photographer and owning Business Consulting company.

He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be missed deeply by all those whose life he touched.  He leaves behind the love of his life, his wife of 54 years, Paula; daughter Debbie Landry (husband David, children Wyatt & Victoria); son David (wife Laly, children Sarah, Katie, Hunter & Dylan); son Jay (wife Stephanie, children Stephen & Sam), In-laws Jane Homolka, Sharon Morris & Dennis Morris, nieces and nephews. He was incredibly proud of his family and will continue to watch over each one of them with a smile. He loved his friends and kept in touch with many throughout the years as he made new ones to enjoy life with.

There were so many things that Larry loved deeply, they included world travels with friends, The NRA, Amateur Ham Radio, Hotter’N Hell, Sheriff’s Alumni, North Texas Genealogical Association, the Aeris Weather Team and his beloved Dallas Cowboys!

Please join us for A Celebration of Larry’s Life and Legacy on Sunday, Sept. 30th, 2.p.m. at St. Mark’s Methodist Church, 4319 McNeil Ave., Wichita Falls. There will be a brief reception following the service in the Fellowship Hall.  In lieu of flowers, donations to UT Southwestern, Faith Presbyterian Hospice Dallas or Patsy’s House.

Please forward family cards and your thoughts of sympathy to ARIA Funeral Home 19310 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75252.

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252


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Judy & Dennis Appleby

September 30, 2018 1:19PM

Someone we were honored to know. We will miss him.
Judy & Dennis Appleby

Garry Upton

September 28, 2018 1:55PM

When I last talked with Larry we felt there would be another half year and more before he stepped into his next life. He didn't want to leave his family and friends. I believe he did look forward to what would be though, and now he knows. Diana and my prayers are for all of you. Larry was a great influence in my life. I too will miss him. Jay, thanks for asking him to call me when he did.

George & Carol Ancell

September 28, 2018 11:53AM

So sorry for the loss of your loved one. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Rod & Vickie Nason

September 26, 2018 5:52PM

We were relatively new neighbors to Larry and Paula on Chelsea St. with them always illustrating great concern and friendship.
Larry was always keeping us up to date on Chelsea St. concerns, just this spring he witnessed a concerted effort to correct a rattlesnake problem in our area which was greatly appreciated.
Our prayers are with Paula and the family.

September 26, 2018 11:15AM

Paula, Debbie, David, and Jay. So many years ago Larry welcomed me to the Ballard Family with "Open Arms." He always expressed his Love, Support, and Affection to our family. We are so grateful to have known Larry and been are part of the Ballard Family for so many years. We are so sorry for your loss of Larry; the son of the most wonderful Mother and Father, the husband of a loving wife, and the father of three loving children. Our hearts and prayers are with you for your loss of Larry.
Lisa, Carla, Kimberly, and Carol Ballard

Laresa Maroney

September 25, 2018 9:55PM

Sadden to hear about Larry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family. The Chelsea Drive neighborhood truly miss the Ballard family. We appreciate the hard work y’all put in keeping the neighborhood informed and safe. Larry was an amazing, strong ,hard working, and caring person. I enjoy the time working beside him and miss y’all. Your friend and neighbor Laresa & Kerry Maroney.

Laura (Neun) Mynaugh

September 25, 2018 9:24PM

Dear Paula, Debbie, Dave, Jay and Family. I am so sorry to hear the loss of one of our "adopted" Maryland family. I have such fond memories of spending holidays with you and huge snowstorms sledding on a Radio Flyer down Jay Em Circle. My thoughts and prayers are with each one of you and I hope that you continue to be surrounded by His comfort and peace. With love, Laura

Laverne Patterson

September 25, 2018 5:29PM


Mariann Kidd McKinney

September 25, 2018 2:49PM

Dearest Paula,We are thinking about you and the family.My prayer group prayed for him this very morning.He will be with you in your hearts always.
Love Mariann

Shirley & Jim Kapelski

September 25, 2018 2:02PM

Paula, Jim & I are so sorry. Larry was such a wonderful, man. He was the greatest neighborhood watch
president. We sure missed him & you when
you had to leave our neighborhood. God bless
and comfort you. Love and prayers.
Jim & Shirley Kapelski.

Greg Thomas and Family

September 25, 2018 10:22AM

Our hearts and prayers are with you during this time of sadness. Praying for your strength and comfort.

Carla McDowell

September 25, 2018 1:19AM

Debbie & Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for you.

Pat Thacker

September 24, 2018 11:17PM

Paula and family: thank you for taking time to call me about Larry’s death. What a great man he was! He ALWAYS stood ready to help others. He was an inspiration through his service to Patsy’s House in Wichita Falls,and was a wise and willing volunteer during some challenging times there. His ready smile and his giving spirit left an indelible print on all with whom he worked. My deepest sympathy to you and your family as you navigate your lives during the next months.
Pat Thacker