Feb. 15, 1934 – Feb. 10, 2020
Aubilyn Marvin Ballard, son of the late Ausby and Bertie Rea Ballard, was born Feb. 15, 1934, in Monticello. He died Feb. 10, 2020, at Kings Daughters Medical Center in Brookhaven.
A funeral service was Feb. 14. 2020, at Bethel Baptist Church, graveside services in the church cemetery.
He attended the public schools of Lawrence County and was a graduate of Monticello High, class of 1954. At an early age, Ballard professed his faith in Jesus Christ. He attended Bethel Baptist Church where he was a dedicated member. At Bethel Church, he served his famous chicken and dumplings and attended Hezzie Williamson Sunday School class.
In the 1960s, Ballard was the owner and operator of the Spin A Cone Drive-In located in Monticello. Later in the 1970s, he was employed as an Alcohol Beverage Control Agent in Natchez and Brookhaven. He returned to Monticello in the 1980s and worked for Halliburton Energy Services until retirement. He was married to Johnnie Reeves in September of 1989. Upon retirement, Ballard enjoyed farming with his son and grandsons while also serving as president of Lawrence County Water Assn. until his death.
Survivors are his children: Mike (Tanya) Ballard of Monticello, Mark Calkins of New Orleans, Donna (Kyle) Breland of Tylertown, Denise (Neal) Dykes of D’Iberville, Sheryl (Gary) McCoy of Cleburne, TX; seven grandchildren; Michael (Taylor) Ballard, Marty (Alyson) Ballard, Tasha (Pete) Barham, Aaron Dykes, Callie Dykes, Zachery McCoy, Virginia McCoy; and six great-grandchildren.
Wilson Funeral Home in Monticello was in charge of the arrangements.