Elder Theodore “Ted” French went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. He was born Dec. 24, 1918, in Houston, Ark., to Hugh and Edith French.
He served his country in both the Army and the Navy, receiving an honorable discharge a year before World War II ended.
Mr. French was employed with Allied Van Lines and United Van Lines for a combined total of 30 years, after which he chose to become an independent salesman with Snap-On Tools from 1969 to 1987. After many miles and many friends later, Ted decided to retire to his farm in 1987, where he enjoyed the remainder of his days.
He loved music, appreciated hard wor, and adored his wife Billie to whom he referred to as "my angel." His stories will be missed by all that had the pleasure to get to hear them. God truly blessed us all by letting us borrow Elder Theodore French for 94 wonderful years. May he rest in peace “up on the hill” at Old Union Cemetery.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters; two sons, E. T. “Teddy” French Jr. and Addison Hugh French; and one granddaughter, Melody French.
He is survived by his amazing wife of 57 years, Billie Jane French; two daughters, Nettie Dunn and husband Duke of Little Rock and Rita Hall and husband Herbert of Paron; three sons, George French and wife Brenda of Sherwood, Tom French and wife Lynda of Oklahoma, and Dave French of Benton; 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Funeral service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, May 25, in the chapel of Roller-Ballard Funeral Home with the eulogy to be given by Quinn Best. Burial will follow in Old Union Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be WLB Club Members, Landon French, Dylan Scroggins, Garrett Beaty, Trey West, Caleb Davis, and Hunter Johnson.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 24, at the funeral home.
Online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/ballard .
Family comments: “Love is stronger than death."