Over the weekend, Navarro County leaders and citizens grieve the immeasurable loss of Navarro County Constable Raychaun Ballard. Ballard truly led a servant’s life.
Hired by Ret. Navarro County Sheriff Les Cotten, Raychaun began his career at the Navarro County Sheriff’s Office in November of 1996. Cotten stated, “Ray worked for me. He was a good friend and a great deputy. I know everybody is going to miss him and his smile.” Raychaun worked as a deputy under two Sheriff’s and served his community well.
Navarro County Sheriff Elmer Tanner stated, “To say we are in shock over our friend, former Lieutenant Ballard’s death, would be an understatement. We are heartbroken and will feel this loss for quite some time. Our hearts and many prayers go out to the family of our fallen comrade. This is another tragic blow to law enforcement, to our NCSO family and it hits close to home here in Navarro County and to the many who knew, worked with and loved Ray.”
Raychaun served the Sheriff’s Department for more than 24 years, beginning and ending in the Navarro County Jail. He stated in an interview with NavCo last September, “I love my county. It’s never been about the politics of it, it’s always been about helping the people of Navarro County.”
NCSO Lieutenant Robin Woodall stated, “Raychaun’s life had a bigger impact on people than he could ever know. And his positive, calming, and encouraging nature made us all better people. He will be greatly missed.” Woodall was trained by Ballard as his replacement at the jail in January, after earning his spot as Precinct 2 Constable.
Precinct 2 Navarro County Commissioner Eddie Perry stated, “Raychaun was a great friend and was like a brother to me. He is loved by and will be missed by so many Navarro County citizens.”
Left to cherish his memory alongside a host of family and devoted friends is his wife, Samara, son Jeremy Ballard, of San Antonio, and daughter, Sasha Ballard of Louisiana.
Constable Ballard was escorted home by members of the Navarro County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, Corsicana Police, as well as volunteer fire departments on Sunday afternoon. A memorial service is planned for this Saturday at 11:00 AM at Northside Baptist Church, with graveside following at Woodland Cemetery. Samara asks in lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in his name to the Navarro County Boys and Girls Club.