Sidney Layne Ballard, a beloved, talented young man, passed from this world Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012. Sidney Layne was born to Chuck and Linda Ballard Sept. 5, 1974, in Irving. From a young age, Layne showed immeasurable athletic talent and quickly proved himself a very bright individual academically. Layne carried his athletic abilities, knowledge of academia and quick wit through his life and everyone he had chance to meet was touched in some way by his boisterous nature. Layne was a lover of all things profound. His passions included literature, art, history, sports and a plethora of other varied interests.
As a graduate of Western Kentucky University, Layne went on to pursue a teaching and coaching career armed with his double major in history and religious studies and the invaluable experience gained while competing in Division 1 college baseball. Layne lived life to its fullest, visiting and teaching in such exotic places as Rome, Italy, The Holy Land including the West Bank in Israel, Beijing, China, the United Kingdom, South Korea, and of course his favorite, Pitlochry, Scotland.
However, Layne always made it back home to spend time with those he loved and cherished. The lives he has affected the most will long treasure his dry, irreverent humor and congenial attitude.
Sidney Layne Ballard is survived by his father and mother, Chuck and Linda Ballard, whom he greatly esteemed; his sister, Lisa Ballard Rider; brother-in-law, Nathan Rider; and his four nephews: Gavin, Elijah, Cooper and Hudson. Layne portrayed these four boys as deliciously pesky yet precious, and he was adamant about their future careers as sports stars! Besides his immediate family, Layne was also survived by his girlfriend, Amanda Russell; as well as by many aunts and uncles, Sue and Scott Trimble, Shirley and Andrew McBurney, Sandra and Steve Allen, Bill and Debbie Allen, Freddie and Gena Benton, Jeff and Janice Benton, Luke and Darlene Ballard, and Cynthia Ballard; in addition to many other extended family members.
Layne, to the end, had a giving, humble heart. He was a special person who had this way of eliciting a smile from even the sourest of faces. He was goofy, brainy, opinionated and unorganized, but most of all … HE WAS LOVED.
Visitation for Mr. Ballard will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, from 5 to 6 p.m. at Beaty Funeral Home in Mineola, followed by a memorial service at 6 p.m.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Sept. 5, 2012