Malcolm James Ballard

March 28, 1917 - November 20, 2011
Malcolm James Ballard


Malcolm James Ballard of Hampstead went to be with his Heavenly Father on November 20, 2011.

He was born on March 28, 1917 to Walter and Sadie Bracy Ballard in Sumter, SC. Malcolm is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Sarah Pearle Monroe Ballard. Their marriage of 62 years was a model of love and devotion for his children. Malcolm is survived by his children, Malcolm James Ballard, Jr., Joseph Michael Ballard, Anna Ballard Gunza, and Susan Ballard Lanier. He is also survived by his adoring grandchildren, Lisa Ballard McCollough, Jennifer Ballard, Tara Susanne Ballard, Allison Ballard Davis, Michael Joseph Lanier, and Benjamin David Lanier. Malcolm has one great grandchild, Ian James Davis. He is preceded in death by all his siblings, Harriet Ballard Puglia, Walter Ballard, Lucille Ballard Roberts, Geraldine Ballard Mosher, and Raymond Ballard.

Mr. Ballard graduated from Sumter High School in 1935. He had a long and very successful career, which started at Shaw Air Force base during WWII. By the war’s end he was in charge of over 600 men in air craft development and maintenance. He was responsible for 3 US Air Force patents. After the war, Malcolm was hired as a sewing machine mechanic at France Neckwear Company in Wilmington, NC. While there, he developed the first clip-on tie, known as the Snapper tie. By the time he left there, Mr. Ballard was Vice President of the Company. He later started his own necktie factory, M.J.B. Manufacturing, in Wilmington. By the time, he sold the company at age 75, there were over 200 employees.
Malcolm James Ballard touched many lives with his optimism and his generosity. He will be missed by all those who loved and learned so much by his example.

A memorial service will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, December 3rd, at Hampstead United Methodist Church.

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  • July 31, 2012
    Donna Najarian Samick says:
    Dear Michael, I was looking up your dad, for my dad, because they lost touch. He is 93 years old and hard of hearing and losing his voice.Sorry I was to late. They were good friends. I also learned your mother past away. I loved her. She was so kind to my.I printed out the obituarie for my dad.He is going to be sad he couldn't said good-by to an old friend. My mom is gone and my brother John of Cancer, he was 59. Please give my sympathy to your brother and sisters. With love Donna Najarian Samick 31 Ellis Dr. North Haledon, NJ 07508

  • November 22, 2011
    Melanie Johnson says:
    I have so many wonderful memories of Mr. Malcolm and Miss Pearl! He was a sweet, kind man with a heart of gold!

  • November 23, 2011
    Terry & Vickie Bowlin says:
    Susan and Family, We were so sorry to hear about your loss. Malcolm was a very unique and enjoyable person to be around. Terry and I always enjoyed our time spent with him. We wish we had known him longer. He was very special and told the best stories. also, no one could make you laugh like Malcolm ! We too will miss him .Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We love you, Terry & Vickie P.S. We also learned alot about him by reading his well written obituary. some things we already knew, some we did not. It sounds like he had a very full life with lots of love. May he rest in Peace.

  • November 22, 2011
    Rae Lynn Wingard Guthrie says:
    So sorry to hear of your loss. He must have been a truly great man to have such great children and grandchildren.

  • November 22, 2011
    Andrea Wilkins says:
    Jennifer....very sorry to hear about your grandfather.I'm sure he will be greatly missed.Thinking of you.....