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Spurgeon Talmadge Ballard, Jr.

Spurgeon Talmadge Ballard, Jr.

ZIRCONIA — Spurgeon Talmadge Ballard, Jr., 75, of Zirconia went home to be with the Lord Nov. 25, 2013.

He was born on April 22, 1938, to the late Spurgeon T. Ballard, Sr. and Arrie Capps Ballard. He was also preceded in death by his son, Zeb Talmadge Ballard, a brother, Tommy Ballard and a sister, Bertha Mae Capps.

He was a farmer and loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing. He loved to watch the Atlanta Braves and was of the Baptist Faith.

He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Rachel Ballard; his daughter, Vicky Mazalic and her husband, Frank; his grandson, Brandon Lane Mazalic; four sisters, Louise Gilliam, Lex King, Ann Hill and Mable Shipman; and many nieces and nephews.

He was devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be truly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at Thos. Shepherd's Church Street Chapel with Dr. R. Larry Appleby and Rev. Bobby Capps officiating. Burial will follow at Bobs Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends beginning one hour prior to the service.

A online register book is available online for family and friends by visiting

Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center is in charge of arrangements.