By Kris Smith
Monday marked two years since the passing of Navarro County’s beloved Raychaun Ballard.
You may all remember Raychaun served Navarro County as a deputy at the Navarro County Sheriff’s Office for 24 years, before being elected as Navarro County Constable for Precinct 2. Ballard attended Navarro College Police Academy, earning his TCLEOSE certification and the Brent Thompson Award.
He was sworn in just months before appearing on Navarro College’s Dancing for Our Stars – and winning the whole thing! Ballard passed away after fighting a brief, but valiant battle of COVID-19 on August 14, 2021. Ballard left behind his wife, Samara, children Jeremy and Sasha Ballard, and a host of family, friends, and his dedicated law enforcement family.
Samara wishes to thank the following people and organizations for all they have done since Ray’s passing.
- University of Texas Medical Center in Athens and Tyler for their extraordinary care of both of us.
- Smith County Sheriff’s Office
- Henderson County Sheriff’s Office
- Navarro County Sheriff’s Office
- Dallas Police Department
- Bruce Venable
- Laker Ladies
- Friends and Family (you know who you are)
- Gary Arnett
- Corley’s Funeral Home
- DFOS 21 Family
- Navarro College
- The NavCo Chronicle
- Navarro County Commissioner Eddie Perry
- Navarro County Constable Bobby Rachel
- Navarro County District Attorney Will Thompson
- 100 Club of Navarro County
- Coach Sam Thompson
- Samara’s Bank Family
- And all the Go Fund Me donors who helped us so much during that time.
So, today, in Raychaun’s memory, slow down and take a moment to cherish your loved ones and have a cup of coffee. Go Cowboys!
‘Don’t worry. I got you!’
– Raychaun Ballard