The residents of Jane Lew are mourning the loss of a pillar of their community, Wilbur “Webb”Eugene Ballard, 90, who passed away peacefully on Friday, November 3, 2017, in Crestview Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation in Jane Lew following a long productive life as a gentleman, businessman, and civic leader.
He was born in Jane Lew on June 21, 1927, a son of the late William Clarence Ballard and Grace Irene Taylor Ballard.
On March 19, 1946, he married Patricia Adams and they celebrated 69 years of marriage before her passing on May 6, 2015.
His honest, hard working nature will be carried on by his four children: Victoria Lynn McLaughlin of Jane Lew, Sandra Lea Boggs of Buckhannon, Dennis Eugene Ballard and wife, Whitney, of Jane Lew, and Kimberly Kay Jeffries of Jane Lew. His legacy will also be carried on by his eight grandchildren: Allison Robinson and husband, Jerry, of Jane Lew, Natalie Park and husband, Talus of Dexter, MI, Sabrina Weedon and husband, Brooke, of New Market, MD, Sarah Hollen and husband, Scott of Buckhannon, Ryan Jeffries and wife, Cassandra, of Jane Lew, Jared Ballard of Morgantown, Adam Jeffries of Morgantown, and Brandon Ballard of Jane Lew; as well as 12 great-grandchildren who will dearly miss their Grandpa.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two siblings: William “Bill” Ballard, and Eileen Arnold; and one son-in-law, David Boggs.
In 1939, at the tender age of 12, Webb learned the value of hard work and the thrill of competition. He was an All American Soap Box Derby Winner in Buckhannon, and he raced in the All American Derby in Akron, OH, where he won two heats and was edged out in his third race by a boy from San Francisco. It was a treasured childhood memory of fun, friendship and accomplishment.
In 1945, he graduated from Jane Lew High School where he played football and basketball, and shortly after, on September 6, 1945, he was drafted into the United States Army and served until his honorable discharge in November of 1946.
Webb dedicated his 42-year working career to building his successful automobile business, Ballard’s Chevrolet, before his son, Denny, took over. He was civic-minded and dedicated to contributing to the quality of life in his home community. He served 29 years on the Board of Directors at the Citizen’s Bank of Weston and was presented an award for his service. He was a member of Jackson Lodge #35 A.F & A.M for 51 years, past President of the Lewis County Shriners Club, and former member of the WVU Wheels Club. Years ago, he served as Town Recorder and Town Council Member for Jane Lew. He was also a chapter member of Deerfield Country Club and a member of their Board of Directors.
He was an avid WVU fan and right to the end, he enjoyed wearing his WVU clothing and watching the Mountaineers play.
Friends and family gathered at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service, at 144 Hackers Creek Rd., in Jane Lew, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 5, 2017. Funeral Services followed at 2 p.m., at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Ronald C. Brown officiating. Interment was in the Broad Run Cemetery in Jane Lew. Full military honors will be accorded by the United States Army and the Lewis County Honor Guard. Jackson Lodge #35 of Good Hope will hold Masonic Graveside Rites.
In lieu of flowers donations may be mailed to the WVU Children’s Hospital, at 1 Medical Center Drive Att: Child Life Morgantown, WV 26501 or online at give.wvu.edu/wvumedicine-childrens. You may also donate to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital at 2900 N Rocky Point Dr. Tampa, FL 33607 or online at [email protected]
The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Wilbur “Webb” Eugene Ballard. Online condolences may be expressed at www.patboylefuneralhome.com.