Russell Paul Ballard, Jr., 71, passed away, Thursday, November 4, 2021 at home under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.
A resident of Wayne County for over thirty years, Russell was born on December 16, 1949 to the late Russell and Olive Flinchum Ballard. He served his country in the United States Army where he attained the rank of Master Sergeant. Having served in several different duty stations including military installations in Germany and Korea and also participating in Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Russell was awarded numerous awards and commendations including the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal and the Kuwait Liberation Medal. Upon retirement, Russell began a second career as an over-the-road truck driver, working most of the time for Schneider National, from which he retired in 2017. He was a true ‘jack of all trades” and could fix pretty much anything. When he was home and not working, Russell enjoyed resting and spending time with his beloved family.
In addition to his parents, his daughter, Christina Marie Ballard, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of fifty-three years, Mary G. Ballard of Jesup; one son, Russell Paul Ballard, III and wife, Amy of Rineyville, KY; two daughters, Kimberly Ann Green and Melissa Gail Ballard both of Jesup; siblings, Carl Ballard and wife, Sandy, Betty Sue Reagan and Mark Ballard and wife, Kim all of Cincinnati, OH; grandchildren, Jared Mattocks, Christopher Ballard, Bryce Ballard, Thomas Jernigan, Valerie Green, Melissa Greene and Joshua Dean and great grandchildren, Beau Jernigan, Amir Jackson and Adelina, Jojo and Arthur Ballard. Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members also survive.
Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at Howard & Jones Funeral Home in Jesup.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at Howard & Jones Funeral Home in Jesup with Reverend Stanley Todd officiating. Military honors will be rendered by the United States Army.
Interment will be private
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