December 30, 2009

Mr. Graydon Ballard

     Graydon Ballard, age 82, of Tecumseh, Michigan went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, December 30, 2009, at his home.

Visitation, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., Saturday, January 2, 2010, and 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Sunday, January 3, 2010 at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian, Michigan. Funeral service, 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 4, 2010, at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian, Michigan. Rev. Greg Burdine officiating.

Interment in Macon Cemetery in Macon, Michigan, with Full Graveside Military Rites conducted by the Tecumseh American Legion Underwood-Orr Post #34 and the VFW Post #4187.

He was born Aug. 20, 1927, to Oliver and Lillie Mae (Clement) Ballard in Hamilton, Alabama. On Sept. 2, 1950, he married Bonnie J. Eggert Flint. Graydon enjoyed working in their yard and garden and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie J. Eggert; 1 son, Martin J. (Alice) Flint of Tecumseh, MI.; 1 grandson, Martin G. Flint of Ann Arbor, MI.; 2 granddaughters, Kasandra W. Flint of Clinton, MI. and Minerva M. Alvarez of Mt. Pleasant, MI.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver and Lillie Mae (Clement) Ballard; 2 brothers, Therman (LaNell) Hood and Henry Edsel Ballard; and 1 sister, Evelyn (Lawrence) Creque.

Graydon served on active duty 5 years in the U.S. Navy, serving on the Destroyer, USS Robert K. Huntington DD781 as a radioman 2/C, and also at the 13th Naval District in Seattle, Wash., as a teletype operator. He worked after discharge at Hurd Lock, Bohn 24, and retired from Citizen Gas Fuel Co., a member of Local 727 SE.U.

Graydon and Bonnie have enjoyed raising a large garden for more than 50 years, raising everything from okra to sweet corn. They have also enjoyed visiting in Florida and Alabama, listening to Country, Blue Grass, and Southern Gospel music, especially during the '50s at Buck Lake Ranch in Angola, Indiana. and Frontier City Park in Onsted, Michigan.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lenawee. Envelopes are available at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian, MI.

Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian, MI. officiating.