Ernest E. “Gene” Ballard, 84, on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, had a special
meeting with his Lord Jesus: It was Face to Face. Gene was born March 12, 1929 in Benton, Ark., and is survived by his wife of 64 years, Vonceille; three sons, Glenn (Paige) Ballard of Little Rock, Sam (Becky) Ballard, and Steve (Debbi) Ballard; and a daughter-in-law, Cindy Ballard, all of Benton. He enjoyed his five grandchildren: Jason Ballard, Brook Neufer, Kelsey Schramko, Anna Ballard and Harrison Ballard; and seven great- grandchildren.
Preceding Gene in death were his parents, Sam and Mary Ballard of Benton;
two brothers, Franklin and Rowland Ballard; and a sister, Maudie Posey.
Gene was a veteran of the U.S. Army and retired from the U.S. Postal
Service after 32 years of service. He was an avid fisherman and loved to play and coach baseball.
Join the family in the celebration of his life at the First Baptist Church, Benton, at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14. Officiating at the service are ministers Greg Kirksey and Edd Spurlock and Frances Raley.
Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be at Sharon Cemetery. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 211 S. Market St., Benton, AR 72015.
Online guest book: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/ballard 
Family comments: Special thanks is extended to Hospice Home Care of Little Rock and First Baptist Church of Benton.