FRANKFORT, KY (3/30/12) - Senator Jerry P. Rhoads, D-Madisonville, recognized and honored the contributions of former representative Joseph Edward “Eddie” Ballard -- the Gentleman from Hopkins 10 -- today on the floor of the Kentucky State Senate.
The Senate paused in silent reverence to pay homage and tribute to Rep. Ballard, who died May 31, 2011 at the age of 81.
All senate members were added as cosponsors of Senator Rhoads’ resolution honoring Rep. Ballard, Senate Resolution 21.
“During his tenure with the General Assembly, he was known for his great humility, for his good humor, and for the respect with which he treated others,” said Senator Rhoads. “He served the people from Madisonville with distinction for 24 years and it was an honor and a privilege to serve with him in the Kentucky General Assembly. He was a role model of service and he left us a lasting legacy of service.”
Elected to the House of Representatives in 1987, Rep. Ballard was the longtime chair of the Subcommittee on Veteran’s Affairs. Throughout his career, he championed the cause of veterans, sponsoring legislation to construct state-operated veterans’ nursing homes and veterans’ cemeteries and to create the Kentucky Department of Veterans’ Affairs; and advocating for a special license plate for veterans. The Veterans’ Center in Hanson bears his name in recognition of his faithfulness and loyalty to veterans.
Active in the Hopkins County community, he was chair of the Hopkins County Democratic Executive Committee, was a member of the Christ the King Catholic Church and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force.
Rep. Ballard and his wife, Rae Ballard, established the Christian Food Bank of Hopkins County 27 years ago.
Born in Cloverport on December 16, 1929, he was the son of the late Charles and Julia Ballard.
He and Mrs. Ballard have five children, Kim Burton, Mike Ballard, Brad Ballard, Pat Ballard and Mary Gardi. He doted on his grandchildren, Jim Burton, Jacob Burton, Ben Ballard, Elizabeth Ballard, Leigh Ballard, and Tara Ballard. He had two sisters, Lou Jones and Joyce Stroud, and a brother, Charles Ballard.
The Kentucky State Senate adjourned today, the 58th legislative day of the 2012 Session, in honor and memory of its friend and colleague, Rep. Eddie Ballard.
Senator Rhoads represents the 6th senatorial district, which includes Hopkins, Muhlenberg and Ohio counties.
Information provided by Rosalind Turner
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