JAMES BALLOU

Posted Oct. 16, 2008, at 7:51 p.m.
Last modified March 20, 2011, at 3:25 a.m.

FRITCH, Texas – James Ballou, 72, died Oct. 13, 2008, in Amarillo, Texas. He was born July 20, 1936, in Bangor, to William and Beatrice Ballou, and was raised in Bangor. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1954 and served four years at Amarillo Air Force Base, where he was an instructor. In 1958, he went to work for Morrison Supply for two years before going to work for Pantex, where he worked for 20 years. He graduated from West Texas State University in 1970, with a Bachelor of Science in education. He did his student teaching at Caprock High School and was an instructor at Amarillo College. He married Charlene Ryals Stommel, Oct. 27, 1977. In 1980, he moved to Saudi Arabia and worked for Saudi Aramco for 12 years before retiring in November 1992. After retirement, he moved back to Texas and then to Fritch, Texas, in 2000. Mr. Ballou was a lifetime member of VFW Post 1475 and a member of the Sheriff’s Possy. He was predeceased by his parents; and two brothers, William Ballou and John Ballou. He is survived by his wife, Charlene Ballou of Fritch, Texas; three sons, William David Ballou of Stillwater, Okla., Jim Stommel and Kevin Stommel, both of Amarillo, Texas; four daughters, Kimberly Allen of Porter, Texas, Dianne Wassom of Spring, Texas, Dana Stommel of Amarillo, Texas, and Dea Coleman of Bellville, Texas; nephew, John Ballou of Encino, Calif.; nine grandchildren, Kristina Borneman, Josh Breeding, Mandy Breeding, Jason Stommel, Kyle Stommel, Mystia Stommel, Meagan Stommel, Devon Wassom and Kaitlyn Wassom; and three great-grandchildren. Services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at Memorial Park Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, Amarillo, Texas, with John Watson, of Hospice Care of the Southwest, officiating.

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