Joseph Earl Ballard, 72, of Asheville, passed away Monday, April 9, 2018 at Mission Hospital.
Earl was a son of the late Fred and Parthena Brown Ballard. He was formerly employed at DuPont, and attended Freedom Baptist Church.
Earl spent much of his spare time doing masonry and other residential construction with his good friend Charles Atkins. He also enjoyed fishing and spending time with his grandkids.
Surviving are his sons, Adam Ballard (Autumn) and Josh Ballard; grandchildren, Noah, Stella, Ella-Cate, Lucy and Ruby; and sisters, Betty Blankenship, Juanita Moeller, and Martha Warren (Bill).
A memorial service for Mr. Ballard will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at Freedom Baptist Church, with the Rev. Dr. Keith Hutchinson officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Freedom Baptist Church, 50 Rice Rd., Asheville, NC 28806.
Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family.