William D. Ballinger, son of the late Perry and Ida Lain Ballinger was born Jan. 30, 1915, in Parsons, Tenn., and passed away Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006, at the Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould, Ark., at the age of 91.
In 1937, he married Rachel Seward, who preceded him in death on Dec. 14, 1975. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Milton and Marshall Ballinger and two sisters, Bessie Pritchett and Revella Riggs.
He was a member of the Senath Lions Club, Masonic Lodge and made numerable contributions to the city of Senath. He helped locate the Maisak-Handler Shoe Company in Senath, helped to establish the original ambulance service and was an emergency medical technician for more than 20 years. He served on the Senath Fire Department for 40 years, 30 of those as fire chief, served for 22 years with the Senath Housing Authority. He has been an outstanding businessman, civic and church leader in Senath for more than 60 years and is a Hall of Honor Member of Dunklin County. In 1946 he opened Ballinger Variety Store in Senath and continued the business until his health forced him to retire. Mr. Ballinger was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church.
Survivors include three sons, Doug Ballinger and wife, Mary, of Ft. Myers, Fla., David Ballinger and wife, Shirley, of Lakeland, Fla., and Gordon Ballinger and wife, Carria, of Memphis, Tenn.; two daughters, Karon Fritz and husband, Gordon, of Tulsa, Okla., and Glenda Ford and husband, John, of Calhoon, Ga.; a special friend, Edna Weaver, of Memphis; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. today, Friday, Feb. 17, at the First United Methodist Church in Senath with the Rev. Andrew Lovins officiating.
Burial was in the Senath Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Mark Ford, Tom Ford, Logan Ballinger, John David Ballinger, Greg Fritz and Heath Hooker.
McDaniel Funeral Home of Senath was in charge of arrangements.