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CARRIE IRENE BALLARD – 81- Polk Co., Employee
LAKELAND - Carrie Irene Ballard, died peacefully of PAD on June 17, 2010. She was born in Brooks County, Ga. on December 20, 1928, the daughter of David and Carrie (Barksdale) Sapp. She was retired, having worked for Polk County Schools, Polk County Health Dept., and PM Craftsman. Her love for planting and growing flowers and vegetables was second only to her love of fishing with her husband of 60 years. She was a member of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church. 
 Preceded in death by her husband, Joseph L. Ballard, parents David and Carrie Sapp, sisters, Thelma Combee, Katherine Hutchins, Vivian Brewington, and step mother Annie Mae Sapp.
 She is survived by her children, Linda Sue Harris, Lawerence "Buddy" (Donna) Ballard, Landis "Lanny" (Gail) Ballard, and Larry (Delilah) Ballard, grandchildren, Lisa Ballard, Kelly Ballard, Christy Wilkerson, Joey Ballard, Lacy Ballard, Amber Ballard, Lisa Vela, and Kathy Thompson, and 17 great great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters and brothers, Margie Miller, Marie Williams, Jimmie Sapp, Myrtice Ingalls, and Robert Combee. Visitation will be held at 10:00 AM Monday, June 21, 2010 at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church with funeral service following at 11:00. Burial at Mt. Tabor Baptist Cemetery, Galloway. – Ledger, June 20, 2010
LAKELAND -- Mr. Joseph "J.L." Ballard had a talent when it came to playing music by ear."He loved country music and especially bluegrass," said his daughter, Linda Sue Harris of Lakeland. "He played all kinds of string music by ear."He's got quite a collection -- a banjo, mandolin, guitar and fiddle," she said. "He could play anything that he heard one time. It seemed like he would just pick it right up."Harris said he performed on radio station WLAK in his earlier years.
 The retired road superintendent of District No. 5 for Polk County died of complications of dementia Sunday (July 17, 2005) at Valencia Hills Health and Rehab. The lifelong Floridian was born in Galloway on March 16, 1925, and grew up on a strawberry farm in the Galloway area. He attended Kathleen schools. Mr. Ballard, whose career with Polk County spanned 20 years, retired as road superintendent at the age of 62.
 Mr. Ballard, along with two of his sons who also play by ear, performed with the band Town and Country Travelers for several years."They usually played at the Moose Club, but they played for square dances, and the VFW in Mulberry," Harris said. He was a proud Democrat and a fishing enthusiast, with a preference of mullet fishing in the Homosassa area, but he would fish anywhere with fresh water, Harris said."He always had such a wit about him. He could take anything and turn it into a neat little story. He left us some wonderful memories," she said.He was a member of Mount Tabor Baptist Church.
 In addition to his daughter, Linda Sue Harris, Mr. Ballard is survived by his wife of 60 years, Irene Ballard; sons, Lawrence C. "Buddy" Ballard and Landis J. "Lanny" Ballard, both of Lakeland, and Larry D. Ballard, Brooksville; eight grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.Visitation will be Wednesday at Mount Tabor Baptist Church. Services will follow at the church. Lanier Funeral Home, Lakeland. – Ledger, July 19, 2005

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