The Norman Transcript

Obituaries

March 26, 2013

James H. (Jim) Ballard

NORMAN — James H. (Jim) Ballard, 79, died on March 21, 2013, in Purcell, after a long battle with cancer. Jim was born Dec. 31, 1933, in Norman, one of three children born to Hardin Ballard and Evelyn Glasco Ballard.

Private memorial services for Jim are scheduled for a later date.

Jim lived most of his life in Purcell, attending Purcell Schools and graduating in 1951 from Purcell High School. In 1953, Jim married Anita Abrams and together they raised two sons, David and Stephen.

Jim was active in sports playing football, basketball and baseball. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1958 with a degree in geology. In 1962, he received his LLB from the University of Oklahoma and joined his father, Hardin Ballard, in the practice of law in Purcell. In 1963, Jim and his father, Hardin Ballard, were successful in appealing a federal court decision on reapportionment of the Oklahoma legislature. He also served as assistant district attorney in McClain County during the 1970s.

While attending college, Jim rough-necked and spent two years working for Baroid Well Logging Service. He loved all kinds of sports and coached peewee football and baseball for many years. He was instrumental in helping build the peewee baseball field during the 1960s and was president of the Mary Simpson PTA in the early 1960s.

In 1962, Jim was at the forefront of a group to install grass greens and enlarge the Purcell Golf Course and was champion of the first annual Purcell Golf Association tournament in 1969. He was president of the Purcell Rotary Club in 1964, ran unsuccessfully for the State Senate District 22 in 1964 and helped organize the Mid-America Vocational Technical Center at Wayne in 1968.

He was preceded in death by his father, Hardin Ballard; his mother, Evelyn Ballard; and his sister, Martha Jane Milam.

Jim leaves behind two sons, David Ballard and wife Lynn of Salida, Colo., and Stephen Ballard and wife Carla of Purcell; grandsons Adam Ballard and wife Aubrey of Dallas and Ryan Ballard and wife Lauren of Edmond; and great-grandson, Graham Ballard. He is also survived by his brother, Joe Ballard of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and nephew, Joseph “Chip” Wright of Bedford, Texas.

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