ELGIN - Funeral service for Billy Wayne Ballou, 67, of Elgin, was held Friday, March, 1, 2019, at Crossroads Baptist Church in Elgin, with Pastor Curtis Erwin, officiating and assisted by Brother Gary Neighbors.
Burial followed at the home and farm under the direction of the Elgin-Fletcher Funeral Home.
Billy Ballou passed away on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, while doing what he loved - working with the nurse cows and calves and doing the morning farm chores.
He was born August 3, 1951, in Lawton to Wayne and Hazel Ballou. He was raised in Elgin and lived there his entire life. He attended Stony Point Schools and graduated from Elgin High School in 1969.
Billy attended Oklahoma State University for one year. He later started a hay hauling company and drove trucks until 1986 when he started his own dairy business. He owned and operated a dairy farm and hay business from 1986 to 1995.
He met and fell in love with Sherry “Paulette” Ballou in 1996 and the two were married for 22 years. He worked for the City of Lawton in the late 1990s through the early 2000s when he took over the bulk mail route from his father, hauling the bulk mail from Lawton to Oklahoma City for many years to follow.
In the most recent years, Billy enjoyed hauling top soil and rock for Ballou Top Soil and doing projects with Bailey around the farm and helping Paulette with her gardening and landscaping projects. Billy and Bailey always had several projects going on. The nurse cows were always Billy’s favorite because it took him back to his roots on the dairy farm. Billy loved to piddle around the farm and teach the grandkids how to work with their hands and how to do things right the first time.
Billy did not know a stranger. He loved to laugh and joke. He always had a quick-witted comeback to keep you on your toes. He was up with the chickens, or dairy cattle, literally, and did not retire for the day until all the work was done and done well. He believed in a job well done, but he loved to cut-up and tease while getting the work done.
He is survived by his wife, Paulette Ballou of the home; their five children, Belinda Ballou Lujan and her husband, Danny Lujan (Okarche); Dallas Ballou (Decatur, Texas), Bailey Ballou and his wife, Heather Ballou (Elgin); Kerry Edmonds and her husband, Norbert (Elgin); and Barry Sullivan (Elgin); eight grandchildren: Casey, Lisa, Merrick, Maggie, Brodey, Laynee, Hartlyn and Bowman; one greatgrandchild, Bradley; his brothers and sister: Larry Ballou, Leo Ballou, Pat and Cindy Ballou, and Mark and Julie Ramick and multiple nieces and nephews, cousins and close friends that he would consider family.
He was preceded in death by parents Wayne and Hazel Ballou.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Oklahoma Heart Association or the Oklahoma Diabetes Association.