Violet Potter Ballard

Monday, March 21, 1938 - Sunday, October 14, 2018

Our Loving Mother

Photo of Violet Potter Ballard  - 1938-2018

Violet Potter Ballard

Canton- A beautiful and special lady, Violet Potter Ballard, age 80, passed away Sunday, October 14, 2018 .

Mrs. Ballard was born March 21, 1938 in Haywood County to the late Willis Potter and the late Mozelle  Swanger. She had been formerly employed with Bell Telephone Company  in Canton several years ago and had worked as a secretary all throughout her life. Violet truly loved the mountains where she was born and raised , she also enjoyed traveling and had a great talent for decorating and interior design.  Violet’s precious memory will remain in the hearts of her loved ones forever.  

She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Clarence Ballard ;  daughters, Karen Thomas , Donna Willis Jackie Carver and Debra Willis;  step-sons, Kirk Ballard and Wayne Ballard;  grandchildren, Thomas Soesbee, Kayla Lasoya, Crystal Smathers and Mellisa McClemens and six great-grandchildren;

Mrs. Ballard’s first husband and the father of her children, Jack Thomas Willis, passed away one day following the death of Violet and a time of remembrance and celebration of their life memorial service is planned by their family to be held together. 

The celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Calvary Baptist Church. Pastor Paul Murdock will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends in the church fellowship hall following the service.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Ballard and Willis family.

Condolences from family and friends


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Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.
Pisgah High Class of 1975
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.
R.L. and Jane Burrell Shipman
Karen & Donna, I am so sorry for the loss of your mama. Will keep you and your family in my prayers.
Ann Jenkins
So very sorry about your loss.. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Juanita Dixon
Were are so sorry for you devastating losses over the past 48 hours. These two wonderful people will truly be missed. Your family is in our prayers. We love you!
Bryant and Samantha Williams
I loved your sweet wife and mother. She will be greatly missed by all of her friends in the small group bible study from Gowensville Baptist Church. She was always a pleasure to be around and so thoughtful. So sad to hear of her passing.
Sandra Bragg
Debra and Missy and Crystal and Family, My thoughts and prayers are with u at this time and GOD will put his loving arms around u all. I am so glad I knew Mrs Ballard she was a Christian lady who had a loving and caring heart. I will always keep her in my heart. Prayers for strength.
Heather Hill
My thought, love and prayers are with each and everyone of y'all. Mrs. Violet was a very sweet lady, who will definitely be missed. May God be with y'all and help y'all while you're going through this.. love always.
Karen Cameron