Donald Ray Ballard, 74 of Hot Springs
“You are reading here online that I am dead. Do not believe a word of it, for I am more alive than ever before.” I borrowed this quote from the great evangelist, D.L. Moody, because I couldn’t think of a better way to give such good news.
I am now with my Savior. I am now in my real home. This body that I have no more use for is dead and gone. If you want to shed tears, make them tears of joy. I am rejoicing in heaven. Remember that I am with my Lord! This past Wednesday March 30, 2016, was a time of great reunion. I am once again with my parents Melton (Buck) & Hilda Ballard, sister Cheryl Clark, Mom, Dad and Shay Mangiapane and all of my loved ones that have gone before me and we will be together for all eternity. I have had a life of 74 years and have been blessed beyond belief with a loving family, including my wife, Stephanie Ballard, who just shared our 26th wedding anniversary with me in February. I have also been incredibly blessed with my children, daughter Teri Ballard of Norton, Ohio; my son, Michael Ballard (Windy) of Rockford, Illinois(thank you Karen Ballard for them); stepchildren, Wendy Rooney (Ryan) of Hot Springs, Michael Kuykendall (Kim) of Hot Springs, and Joe Robinson of Knoxville, Tennessee and loving brother-in-law Shel Mangiapane of Texarkana, Texas. From these children I have been blessed with 17 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
I was born in Rayville, Louisiana, July 13, 1941 and grew up in Akron Ohio then came to Hot Springs in 1984 to be close to my parents who had retired here. I opened Heritage Glassworks and began designing and building stained glass and etched windows and doors. This eventually became just a hobby. I worked in various other fields until my retirement in 2001. I have been active in my church and received much joy working in the food pantry and clothes closet with my friends.
Having reached the end of my life on earth, I reflect on the great joy that my family, church family and friends brought to me and on the relationships I formed throughout my time there. Thank you for making my life richer. When you read this I will have taken my last breath there, and the next in heaven. Many of you I will see again. Some I won’t and that is the saddest thing in the world to me. God has made provision that “none should perish.” That provision was the sacrifice of His Son. There is no way we can earn, buy, or work our way into heaven. The only way is to accept Jesus Christ into your heart and make Him Lord of your life. John 3:16 is the most quoted verse. “For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believed in Him would not perish, but have everlasting life.” Please let that verse speak to your heart and receive that gift of salvation so we will meet again.
Yours truly, Don
The memorial service will be 10 am, Saturday April 9, 2016 at Harvey’s Chapel Baptist Church, 2515 Mountain Pine Rd. Hot Springs, Arkansas. In lieu of flowers please make a memorial donation to Harvey’s Chapel Food Pantry.
Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street Jacksonville, Arkansas. 501-982-3400