2023ObituariesShirley Ballard

January 25, 2023by SealeUser6

January 6, 1947 – January 24. 2023


Shirley Faye Green Ballard, age 76, was called to her eternal home on January 24th, 2023. She graduated from Doyle High School in 1964 and married the love of her life of the past 59 years, Herbert “Wimp” Ballard May 1964. One of her greatest joys in her life was when she & Wimp adopted their only child, Lee Ann when she was 3 days old. Shirley loved being a wife and a mother and poured her whole life into developing those relationships. Throughout her life she felt her greatest calling was proclaiming the name of Jesus and sharing the gospel with everyone. One of the greatest highlights of her life was the 29 years that she taught a Women’s Bible Study at the Livingston Parish Prison. She loved leading people to Jesus and answered His greatest calling on her life daily. She loved being raised at Red Oak Baptist Church and was an active leader and teacher there until she joined First Baptist Church of Livingston where she continued her faithful service to the Lord until He called her home. 2 Timothy 4: 7-8 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me – the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of His return.”

She is survived by her husband, Herbert “Wimp” Ballard; daughter, Lee Ann Ballard Watson and husband Thomas; grandchildren, Peyton Elizabeth Watson and Dylan Thomas Watson, and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents Charles “Bud” and Lucille Tate Green, her Aunt that raised her from 5 years old until she was married – Nancy Jane Tate Lee and Uncle Edward Lee, brothers Jimmy Green, Ronald Green and her sister Helen Green McSwain Johnson.

Pallbearers: Thomas Watson, Dylan Watson, Joe Saragusa (honorary son), Vicky McSwain, Michael McSwain and Bruce Green (nephews).

Shirley loved and cherished her friendships so much and we’d like to thank Diane Bankston Whitehead (cousin), Carleen Wallace and Annette Simms for being like sisters to her for many years. Also, a huge thanks to Maison de Fleur Assisted Living for their support & love for the past almost 5 years that she resided there.


Visitation will be held at First Baptist Church of Livingston, Saturday January 28th from 10 am until service at 12 noon, officiated by Bro Jeff Smart, her honorary son of 38 years. Committal service will immediately follow at Red Oak Baptist Church Cemetery.




  • Barbara shaver

    January 28, 2023 at 3:10 pm

    Our hearts and prayers are with you wimp and your sweet family. We love you and Shirley so much and enjoyed all the times we’ve shared times together and the kindred spirit we have. I know you hurt but we rejoice together knowing we’re not home but she is and we will see her again.
    Lifting you up with love
    Tony and Barbara Shaver


  • Delores Hodges

    January 27, 2023 at 3:06 pm

    Wimp, Lee Ann, and family,
    We’re so very sorry for your loss. We will be in prayer for God to comfort each one of you with His peace and strength.
    TL and Delores Hodges


  • Anita Ballard

    January 26, 2023 at 9:00 pm

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your loving love one, she will be loved missed, Praying for the family. Love
    Ralph Mitchell and Anita Ballard


  • Raynell Smith

    January 26, 2023 at 4:37 pm

    On behalf of the entire staff at Life Source Hospice, please accept our condolences on the loss of your loved one. Our hearts are moved with compassion for you and your family. May the peace and comfort of God be with you all during this time of bereavement.
    Pastor Ray Smith
    Bereavement Coordinator


  • Tiffany Hodges Bailey

    January 26, 2023 at 4:14 pm

    Mr. Wimp, Lee Ann, and family,

    Mrs. Shirley was a wonderful woman of faith. God used her mightily to touch so many lives, including mine. I am praying for all of you!
    Tiffany Hodges Bailey


  • Ronny Neal

    January 26, 2023 at 12:10 am

    She was a wonderful loving person and we will miss her as we know many will. Prayers for her family. Her battle with IBM is done. Ronny and Barbara Neal


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