Murphy David Ballard Jr.

Murphy David Ballard Jr., 84, a longtime resident of Clarks and a current resident of Patterson, died Oct. 28, 2013, at his home in Patterson.
He was born in Clarks on July 9, 1929. He was retired from Atlas Construction Company after 41 years, beginning work as a ground man, then heavy equipment operator, and up to a field supervisor, working in many locations in five states. He served two terms as an alderman for the Village of Clarks. He was also mayor pro-tem and then completed a term for mayor.
Services are Thursday at Risers and Sons Funeral Home in Columbia. Visitation is 9 to 11 a.m., and the funeral service will be at the chapel of Riser and Sons at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Jack McKeithen officiating. Interment will follow in the Old Bethel Cemetery near Clarks under the direction of Riser and Sons Funeral Home. 
Survivors include his wife, Betty Allen Ballard; one daughter, Rebecca Easley; two granddaughters; and one sister, Billie Ruth Gaskill.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and a brother. 

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