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Rachel Easley Ballou Rachel Easley Ballou of 1040 L. P. Bailey Highway, Halifax died Friday, Jan. 4

SoVaNow.com / January 07, 2013
Rachel Easley Ballou of 1040 L. P. Bailey Highway, Halifax died Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 at The Woodview Nursing Home at the age of 88. Born in Halifax County on Oct. 19, 1924, to the late Robert Easley and Aldora Martin Easley, she was married to the late Branford H. Ballou and was a member of Banister Hill Baptist Church. She was a retied teacher for Halifax County Public Schools.

Mrs. Ballou leaves to cherish loving memories three sons, Robert H. “Bob” Ballou and Brad Ballou, both of Halifax and Felix Ballou of Richmond, five grandchildren, three great grandchildren, a devoted friend, Thelma E. Edmonds and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Ballou was preceded in death by three sisters, Bessie E. Greene, Florence Easley and Mary Rachel Easley, seven brothers, Arthur Easley, Felix James Easley, Charles Easley, Woodrow Easley, Robert Easley, Richard Easley and Clarence Easley and a great grandchild, Keweli Ballou.

A funeral will be conducted on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at noon with services at Banister Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. William Carr officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Public viewing for Mrs. Ballou will be Tuesday, Jan. 8 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at The Crawford House chapel in Halifax. The family will receive friends at the residence, 1040 L. P. Bailey Highway, Halifax.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home.

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