Coreta K. Ballam

June 04, 1924 ‒ January 01, 2018

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Coreta K. Ballam, age 93, of Fredericktown and formerly of Mount Vernon, Ohio, passed away on Monday, January 1, 2018 at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus. She was born on June 4, 1924 in Mount Vernon, Ohio the daughter of Fred and Mary (Smith) Small.

Coreta enjoyed playing cards and square dancing and most importantly taking care of her family. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother that will be sadly missed by many.

She is survived by her children; Tom (Nasrin) Kempton of Westchester, California, John (Missy) Kempton of Mount Vernon, Mary Jo Ray of Sebring, Florida, Chris Kempton of Fredericktown and Patience Ballam of Mount Vernon; eight grandchildren, Kevin Davis of Mount Vernon, Jeff (Julie) Kempton of Mount Vernon, Marilyn Chalfant of Columbus, Shawn (Buffy) Kempton of Gainesville, Virginia, Nikki (Rob) Toler of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Summer Rector of Mount Vernon, Theresa Kempton of Mount Vernon and Chelsea Kempton of Columbus; numerous great grandchildren; a sister, Norma Jean Montgomery of Mount Vernon and a brother, Bill Small of Mount Vernon.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Fred Ballam, a daughter, Kathy Noce, two sisters, Maxine Rudolph and Dorothy Small.

The family will observe private services. The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Coreta K. Ballam.

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  • My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Coreta. You will be reunited with her again right here on a brand new Paradise Earth under Jesus Christ Kingdom rule that he taught his followers to pray to come in the Lord’s Prayer no more sickness pain or death Life Without End Revelation 21:1-4; Psalms 37: 10,11.

  • Please accept our deepest condolences, so very sorry for the loss of your mother.

    Ed and Patty Montgomery

  • Death can bring so many tears and pain, but may your memories bring you comfort. My heartfelt condolences to your family. May you find comfort in Christs heartwarming promise, John 5:28,29. We look forward to the day when sickness pain and death will be a thing of the past, Revelation 21:4

  • We are sorry to hear of Creta’s passing. Sending prayers to your entire family. May happy memories bring you comfort.

    Stan and Fran Kempton

  • So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Your mom and your family are a big part of my childhood memories. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • So sorry to hear of Coreta’s passing. Many good memories about the big house on the hill. Bill Kempton