Charles E. Ballard

December 5, 1941 ~ November 20, 2021 (age 79)


Charles E Ballard, 79 of Boonville, Missouri passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, November 20, 2021.

Charles was born Charles E Reeves on December 5, 1941, the son of Donald Pershing Reeves and Geneva Ann Fletcher.  At age 6 he was adopted by Bevan and Vianna Ballard and his name was changed to Charles E Ballard.  Charles grew up in Mountain Grove, Missouri where he graduated from high school in 1960.  Charles was hard working.  He started his career in Boonville at St. Joseph Hospital and worked various roles in ambulance service and advanced to Director of Purchasing at the former Cooper County Memorial Hospital from where he retired. His love for people had him pursue evening hours as well at Nordyne and most recently full time at Isle of Capris Casino.

Charles loved to make people laugh, he loved hunting, fishing, always had a smile on his face and most of all he loved his 6 children.

He was preceded in death by his biological parents, adopted parents and infant brother Jerry Lee Reeves. 

He is survived by two brothers and a sister:  Dennis Reeves (Carmen) of Chula Vista, California, Ben Reeves (Elizabeth) of Platteville, Wisconsin and Jay Hughes (Mark) of Omaha, Nebraska.

Two sons:  Charles L Ballard (Melanie) of Barling, Arkansas and Dennis Eugene Ballard (Steven O’Neill) of Studio City, California.

Four Daughters:  Debbie Ballard of Barling, Arkansas, Rita Bowie (Chris) of Boonville, Missouri, Charlene Thomas (Scott) of Boonville, Missouri, and Julie Willaredt (Vince) of Granite City, Illinois.

Charles is survived by 14 Grand Children and 3 Great Grand Children.

The family will have a private service on Saturday. Burial will be at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Boonville.  Memorial Contributions are suggested to Boonville Animal Shelter (1691 E. Morgan Street Boonville, Missouri 65233). 

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