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Robert Allan Ballard, Jr.
  • Memorials may be made to:
  • MUSC Foundation/REEF
    173 Ashley Avenue, MSC 501
    Basic Science Bldg. 101
    Charleston , SC 29425

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“Dear Sallie,Please know that Craig, myself, and our little squirrel (as Robert dubbed her) are here for you. We share in your sorrow and will miss...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Lynn Bartosh - Charleston, SC

“Sallie, George and I have loved you and Robert for a long time, we are so sad. But the love goes on and all of us will see him again. ”
2 of 18 | Posted by: Anna Seago - Charleston, SC

“Sallie: You're in my heart and prayers. During my many years on Warren St, Robert was a consistant and stabilizing force for the neighborhood, the...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Mrs. Ballard, Sallie, My deepest prayers for you. It is a blessing to have worshiped with with you and Robert atthe Cathedral for many years....Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Edward Jennings - Hollywood, SC

“Sallie, We are Peet Dickinson's parents. We were so sorry to hear of Robert's passing. We have alway enjoyed chatting with him during our visits...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Suzie Dickinson - Raleigh, NC

“Sally, I am so very, very sorry to hear of Robert's passing. His death is such a great loss for you, friends, family, community and the city. He...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Doe Cote - Charleston, SC

“it is a great loss to our world that Robert will no longer be with us. he was the kindest person I've ever known.suzy p. merck ”
7 of 18 | Posted by: suzy merck - gowensville, SC

“Sallie, I was so sorry to hear about your husband. He was such a sweet man and loved you dearly. I know how much he will be missed. Please know...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“Sallie, I'm so sorry. I pray that the Lord will comfort you during this difficult time and that you will find peace and joy through your happy...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Cynthia Smith - Mt. Pleasant

“How many photos did Robert take of Buist students while you were principal? His participation in the life of the community at large as well as...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Whitney Powers - Charleston, SC

“Dear Sallie,I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my heart, thoughts, and prayers. Emily ”
11 of 18 | Posted by: Emily W

“Sallie,We are so sorry for your loss. Robert was such a lovely person. I'm glad that we bumped into you both at dinner recently therefore getting...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Teresa Clowney - Charleston, SC

“Dear Sallie,I am so sad to learn of your husband's death. Please know that we all send our love to you during this very difficult time.Kathy,...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Katherine - Charleston, SC

“Dear Sally,Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Robert was a very gifted man leaving a rich legacy for all. May he rest in peace....Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Kari Cerato - Johns Island, SC

“Robert was a true gentleman and our city will miss him. He loved Sallie, Charleston, his church and a good conversation. He had a smile for everyone...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Diane Aghapour - Charleston, SC

“Dear Sallie,I am with you in grief and send love & hugs ”
16 of 18 | Posted by: Lisa Baxley - Friend

“What a loss for our wonderful city! A true gentleman, always cheerful, and deeply concerned about those living here. I cannot believe I will no...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Prioleau Alexander - Charleston, SC

“I am so sorry to learn of Bob's passing. He was a dedicated member of the Charleston County work force, and I remember him as a friend. He will be...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Jean Townsend - Johns Island, SC


Robert Allan Ballard, Jr., 69, of Charleston, South Carolina died on Monday, April 23, 2018 at home. His funeral service will be held Saturday, April 28, 2018 in The Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, 126 Coming Street at 4:00 p.m. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel.

Born June 23, 1948 in Columbia, South Carolina, Robert was the son of Robert Ballard, Sr. and the late Harriet Quattlebaum Ballard. He completed his B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of South Carolina where he also earned his Masters of Public Administration in 1975. Post-graduate studies followed at the Georgia Institute of Technology in City Planning.

Robert managed housing rehabilitation during the early years of Community Development for both the City of Charleston and Charleston County. Later he served as a Facilities Superintendent and Administrative Analyst for the County. He retired as a Business and Operations Analyst for Recycling.

Robert had a passion to protect the livability of Charleston's peninsular neighborhoods. He was vigilant in attending Board of Architectural Review and Board of Adjustment meetings to share his insights. In recognition of his dedication, he received the 2001 Harold Koon Award from the City of Charleston and The Three Sisters Award from the Committee to Save the City in 2002.

Over the decades, Robert served as Vice-Chairman for the Town and Gown Committee, President of the Radcliffeborough Neighborhood Association and Senior Warden for The Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul. He was a member of the Carolina Yacht Club and La Societe Francaise de Charleston where he served as President from 1997-1999.

In addition, Robert was an avid photographer who shared his gift of portraiture with one and all. His photographs found their way to the cover of the Boston Globe, books published by Random House and the Southern Exposure Quarterly.

Robert is survived by his beloved wife of 37 years, Sallie Lee Ballard; father, Robert A. Ballard, Sr. of Snellville, GA; sister, Adelaide Clayton (Gary) of Snellville, GA; nephews: Mac Clayton (Dorian) and Lee Clayton (Amy) both of Atlanta, GA; brothers-in-law: Mitchell Reddy of Villanova, PA and Douglas Reddy of Boalsburg, PA; and nieces: Caroline Reddy, Anne Reddy Gary and Nancy Reddy.

Memorials may be made to MUSC Foundation/REEF, 173 Ashley Avenue, MSC 501, Basic Science Bldg. 101, Charleston, SC 29425 or The Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, 126 Coming Street, Charleston, SC 29403.