The life of a well-known former William Blount basketball player and area coach who died from cancer in 2005 was honored recently.
At a lunch at Aubrey’s restaurant, State Rep. Doug Overbey presented the Ballard family with a proclamation recognizing Stan Ballard’s life. Stan Ballard’s son Michah and wife, Lisa Ballard Evans, attended, but daughter Chasiddy was unable to attend because of school comittments.
The proclamation, which was sponsored by Overbey, State Rep. Joe McCord and State Sen. Raymond Finney, recognized the many accomplishments on the basketball court and off for Stan Ballard. The document was passed by both the State House of Representatives and the State Senate and signed by Gov. Phil Bredesen.
Stan Ballard played varsity basketball at William Blount High School before eventually graduating from Maryville College and then pursuing coaching careers at Oliver Springs High School and at Morristown West High School. He coached at Oliver Springs and Morristown West high schools while fighting cancer, which was found when he was 30 years old. In the last few years, cancer and the effects of radiation forced doctors to remove his mandible. Ballard stopped teaching after the 2004-2005 school year to tend to his health. Ballard, who never smoked or chewed tobacco, endured five bouts of the disease and was half way through a hybrid form of chemotherapy when he was unable to continue the treatments and opted to come home and enjoy his last days.
He died in December of 2005. In the photograph, Rep. Overbey presents the certificate to Michah and Lisa.