Charles Dale Ballard was born July 7, 1938 in Tulia, Swisher County, Texas, died in Amarillo the son of Woodrow Wilson Ballard, and Vivian Oletha Welker Ballard, survived by sisters Betsy Neely, Sue Barrow, brother Ted Ballard, daughter Paige Ann Ballard (nee Beau Ballard), son Ryan Ballard, grandson Christian Ballard, Dr. Nona Fulton Life Partner, and Nona’s children and grandchildren.
He grew up in Raton, NM in the foothills of the Sangre de Christo range of the Rockies moved to Amarillo in his senior year, graduated from Amarillo High School in 1956, attended Amarillo College, and West Texas State University before joining the Navy. He was on minesweepers for 20 years where he qualified as Officer of the Deck (Fleet underway, and Operations officer), was the ‘learning supervisor of the year’ in San Diego Naval Base was a Viet Nam veteran for 7+ years, cleared mines in the Arab-Israeli 6 day war and visited 44 countries. He retired from the Navy as an E-6 sonar tech. He moved to Claude, TX where he bought a small farm, worked as manager of Producers Utilities Gas Company, and retired from Texas Department of Transportation in Claude, married Beverly Ballard and had two children. He lived in Brady, TX, Boerne, TX, and Richardson, TX. In the year 2000 moved to Amarillo where he met Dr. Nona Fulton, his soul mate. He was an elder in the St. Luke Presbyterian Church, was coordinator of Helping Hands and was involved in church missions. He was a volunteer for 16 years for Meals on Wheels, and was a tutor/mentor for 9 years at Mesa Verde Elementary School H.O.S.T. and America’s Promise programs.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Meals on Wheels of Amarillo, TX, High Plains Food Bank of Amarillo, and St. Luke Presbyterian Church general fund.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.