James Robert Ballard

james ballard
James Robert "Bobby" Ballard, 72, of Asheville, died Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Mission Hospital. A native of Buncombe Co., he was a son of the late Pinkney and Hilda Evans Ballard. Bobby worked as a mechanic with Blue Ridge Tractor and retired from Buncombe County Sanitation. He was a member of Oak Hill United Methodist Church. Surviving are his wife, Tina Chase Ballard; son, Kyle Thomas and wife Melissa; grandson, Jaxon Thomas; granddaughters, Grace Wilson and Emily West; special cat Garfield; and several cousins. Funeral services for Mr. Ballard will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday in the Patton Ave. chapel of Groce Funeral Home, with the Rev. Alf Miller officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oak Hill UMC Cemetery Fund.

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  1. He was a good man and now he will be your guardian angel watching from above. Hold onto the memories and good times for that will keep him close. He had a great life with you, the joy and love you, Kyle,the grandkids and friends, brought into his life, spending time with him enriched his life and is the best gift anyone could have.

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