|Ballard, John Roscoe
services for J. R. Ballard, prominent civic leader of Swisher County who was
killed Friday in a collision between a pickup and a train will be held at 4
o'clock this afternoon in the Methodist Church at Happy. Rev. Eimer
Crabtree, pastor, and Rev. R. R Gilbreath of Plainview, formerly of Happy, will
conduct the service. Mr. Ballard was killed when the northbound Santa Fe
train struck the pickup he was driving about two miles south of Happy. He was
believed to be en route to one of his farms near Happy after having spent the
morning in town working on the Swisher County war bond drive. Mr. Ballard,
who was 58 years old, came to this section in 1891. He operated 3300 acres in
his business as wheat and stock farmer. He was a member of the school board and
a steward of the Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife, a daughter,
Elizabeth Ballard, a son James Ballard; and a sister Mrs. W. J. Flescher of
Amarillo. Burial will be in the Happy
Cemetery under the direction of the Griggs‑Thompson Funeral Home of Canyon.
Active pallbearers will be W. D. Heller, Hall Wrenn, Vernon Taylor, John Irlbeck,
B. J. Mulkey, J. A. Guthrie, W. C. Black, Lee Foster, Roy Wright, Guy Sharp, F.
C. Thompson and J. P. Hix. Happy, 1943.
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