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Lindale Mayor Dies From Short Illness

Dr. James Ballard Dr. James Ballard

Dr. James E. Ballard died Saturday morning at a local hospital.  Ballard has served as Lindale's Mayor since 2006.  He also began the Volunteer Chaplain's Program more than a decade ago for the Tyler Police Department.  Tyler Police Chief Gary Swindle said Ballard's presence will truly be missed on the force.  

"The citizens knew him," said Swindle.  "If anybody needed some spiritual uplifting, he was always there, and I think that's what we'll remember."  Swindle said Ballard was just a great person and friend.  Ballard was also a Methodist pastor for more than 25 years.  His funeral service is still pending.  

Layron Livingston, Reporting.


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