Mrs. Celene Ballard

Mrs. Celene Roney Ballard

Saturday, February 18th, 1933 - Tuesday, November 19th, 2019
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On Tuesday, November 19, 2019, Mrs. Celene E. Roney Ballard of Chesapeake, VA entered into eternal rest and peace at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center. She was born on February 18, 1933 to the late Deacon Leroy Roney & Deaconess Ezlen P. Roney in Dinwiddie County, VA. She was also preceded in death by her only brother, Samuel S. Roney; and nephew, Renaldo "Rennie" Roney.
Celene is survived by her loving & devoted husband of 52 years, Carl G Ballard; devoted nephew & wife, Gary & Sylvia Roney of Prince George Co., Va.; Nieces, Sandra M. Sutherland of Radcliff, KY & Louise R. Graham, of Petersburg, VA.Great Nieces to include devoted Rachel Huckless of Newport News, VA; Great Nephews; Great-Great Nieces & Nephews; Sisters-in-law, Jacqueline M. Ballard, Frankie L. Johnson, Yolanda J. Ballard, Marilyn Williams all of Oklahoma City, Ok; Eula Roney of Charles City, VA; Brother-in-law, Joseph Ballard of Oklahoma City, Ok. Truly Devoted Friends, Brenda & Bruce Williams of Virginia Beach, Fatiyah Ali of Newport News, Va.; Many Loving Pemberton & Roney Cousins, other relatives and friends, far too numerous to name.

Celene was educated in Dinwiddie County, VA & graduated from Dinwiddie Training School. She matriculated at Virginia State College (Now University).
She was employed by the National Security Agency (NSA), Central State Hospital, and a member of the million dollar club as a successful Realtor.

A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 11 am at Graham Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 1112 Kempsville Rd. Chesapeake with a repast to follow. Burial will be private in Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery, Suffolk, VA.

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  • Service

    Saturday, November 30th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, November 30th, 2019 11:00am
    Graham Funeral Home
    1112 Kempsville Road
    Chesapeake, VA 23320
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    Rev. Jonathan Pemberton
  • Interment

    Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial State Veterans Cemetery
    5310 Milners Road
    SUFFOLK, VA 23434
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    The interment will be private
  • Reception

    Graham Funeral Home
    1112 Kempsville Road
    CHESAPEAKE, VA 23320
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Posted at 07:18pm
We attended church with Celene. She was such a joy to see on Sunday. I (Pat) will sincerely miss her and the lengthy conversations we shared, especially during her illness. She loved life, her husband, Carl and all of her family. I loved hearing the stories of her childhood in Dinwiddie and her love and respect for her mother. Celene will be missed.

Arthur and Patricia Ross

Sandra M. Sutherland

Posted at 06:08pm
She liked my poetry. This is something I wrote as my tribute to her memory and to help my family and Carl's family to get through our pain:

As I look up to heaven, I see a glorious paradise.
I know that my Lord has prepared it for me and I can see it with my own eyes
When I finally reach the streets of gold, I know
I'll miss those I leave behind, but I know that someday I'll finally see them all
I have no doubt about that. So don't grieve for me my family. I know that you'll miss me too, but death is but a blink of an eye and I'll finally be with you.
With love from your neice,
Sandra M. Sutherland

Paulette Walker Johnson

Posted at 05:44pm
Celene was a beautiful spirit who always shared her love and support. I could always count on her! Rest In Peace my sweet, sweet Cousin and thank you from my whole heart!
Love, Paulette

James King

Posted at 07:22am
I worked with Celene when she was a real estate agent. This is Jim King. I have met her husband, Carl, to whom I send my sincere condolences.

Jeanne Graham

Posted at 07:17pm
This is her niece Regina she raised me when my parents were not together anymore. I went to nursing school from her home in Petersburg. I will always love her.

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