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Old 12-06-2017, 06:57 PM
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Default Gerald Ballard of the South Carolina Breakfast Club

Gerald passed away Monday, while sitting in his pickup at work.

Anyone who has attended an SC Breakfast Club event will know him as the MC / Host.

https://scaaonline.com/?hall-of-fame=gerald-m-ballard
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Quite a character. He will be missed.
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Old 12-06-2017, 07:38 PM
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He will be missed.
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Old 12-07-2017, 04:54 AM
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Anyone who has attended a South Carolina Breakfast Club could not fail to have met Gerald. A great support of the Breakfast Club and its heart and soul for many years. Sad news...


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Old 12-07-2017, 07:52 PM
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Mr. Gerald M. Ballard, Hephzibah, GA, entered into rest on Monday, December 4, 2017.*

Mr. Ballard was born to the late Arthur M. Ballard and Eleanor V. Ballard in Fredericksburg, VA on September 30, 1939. He was preceded in death by his former wife, Frances Louise Skillman. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force (1959-1964). He was the owner and President of Ballard Truck and Tire Company in Augusta, GA since 1968. He was the President of the South Carolina Breakfast Club since 1979. He was awarded the 1998 Aviator of the Year at the Boshears Memorial Fly In. His proudest and most honorable accomplishment was when he was inducted into the South Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame in 2004.*

He is survived by his daughters Janet Ballard Frazier (Russell) and Rebecca Ballard Wyles. And Michael Ballard. He is survived by four Grandsons; Derek Touchstone, Dalton James, Alex Wyles and Noah Wyles. Additionally, he is survived by three sisters; Marita K. Broussard of Columbia, SC, Sally B. Hill (Ken) of Indian Harbor Beach, FL, and S. Kay Taraschi (Peter) of Indiatlantic, FL and numerous nieces and nephews.*

Visitation will be held on December 10, 2017 at Platts Funeral Home, Belair Road Chapel, Evans, GA from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, December 11, 2017 at Platts Funeral Home, Belair Road Chapel, Evans, GA with the Reverand Ben Bartlett officiating. Burial will follow at Westover Memorial Park.

The pallbearers are Derek Touchstone, Dalton James, Alex Wyles, Noah Wyles, Kerry Hale, and Ernest Tukes. Honorary pallbearers are All Members of the S.C. Breakfast Club.*

If so desired, memorial donations may be made to Vaucluse First Baptist Church, 2 Church St, Vaucluse, SC 29850.*

Please sign the guestbook and send condolences at www.plattsfuneralhome.com.
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Old 12-08-2017, 05:57 AM
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Unhappy A true legend..he will be missed.

The SCBC is one of the greatest aviation groups in the world, and Gerald was THE voice of so many Sunday breakfast gatherings in the region. His deep south dialect and presentation of facts and blessings of freedom and flight where a constant reminder of why we love this sport/hobby/passion so much. And if you have ever been to SCBC gathering, and you screw up in the pattern, or botch a landing, Gerald would give the corrective interview in front of the crowd, and you would have to sign the "ball of shame"..He will truly be missed.
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Along with being the heart and soul of the SCBC for over 30 years, Gerald also held a free dinner in his hanger every year at Christmas to collect for Toys For Tots. He was quite a character and will be greatly missed.
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