Condolences for Hilliard Lee Ballard

Barbara Bradshaw posted on 4/18/09

Hilliard..for 27 years, you greeted me each summer as though I had just left an hour ago. And yet, when I would hug would hug back with the warmth and great strength of an old, dear friend. We will make a joyful noise unto the Lord, Hill!.. because you will be there to make us all sound good! I shall miss you dear, dear man! Godspeed, love, Barbara


Betsy Bisson posted on 4/18/09

I will deeply miss Hill's calm confidence, wry sense of humor, and talking to him about when to plant what. A true gentleman and always very kind to all my students.


Michael Edwards posted on 4/18/09

Farewell to a respected and talented technician and friend. Rest,now,Hilliard.


Heather and Chris Stepp posted on 4/18/09

We are so saddened by Hilliard's passing. He was a gentle soul and truly a faithful member of the Playhouse family. We will continue to keep you in our prayers for comfort as he will be deeply missed.


Bruce Bisson posted on 4/18/09

Rest easy my friend, I will miss your kind nature and humor. The year we worked together was one of the most rewarding of my life. Thanks Hill


Joe and Debbie Price posted on 4/18/09

We are so very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.


Al Hope posted on 4/18/09

I was shocked to read of Hilliard's passing this morning..I worked with Hilliard for many of his early years at FRP, when he would come to WHKP to borrow sound effects..Hilliard became friends with both my wife and me over the years,and we would always look forward to seeing him when we visited the playhouse. The FRP won;t be the same place now. Please accept our sincere condolences..


Allen Sanders posted on 4/18/09

Hey Hill! We will miss you buddy! I had one of the best work experiences of my career with you at FRP. Thanks for showing me what you did. Sorry I couldnt be there to say goodbye. Love ya man!


Shirley (Rhodes) Culbreth posted on 4/18/09

Alma and family, In times of sorrow when words of comfort are needed most, it seems they are the most difficult to say. But may you find comfort in knowing the love, prayers and sympathy of others are there with you. Shirley Ann


Tom Marhenke posted on 4/18/09

I worked with Hilliard at the Playhouse. I used to sit with him outside the box office before the show. It was fun to hear his thoughts of the day as we watched the apprentices try to park the audience. I will miss him.


Wanda Pace Caldwell posted on 4/18/09

Thinking of you and hoping that happy memories comfort you. We will miss Hilliard's soft spoken voice and kind ways.


Jonathan Ray posted on 4/18/09

We will miss you Hilliard. Hilliard was always a good friend to me when I came back to visit Flat Rock.


Mary C. Gaylord & Terry Sanders posted on 4/18/09

What a loss. The sound booth at FRP won't be the same without seeing Hilliard there. Hilliard will be greatly missed ~


Raymond & Peggy Huscusson posted on 4/19/09

I'm so sorry to hear about Hilliard. I'll really miss those wonderful talks we had almost daily at Flat Rock Playhouse. Hill was a very special person. Gone too soon. You're in our thoughts and prayers


Liz Few posted on 4/18/09

I worked with Hilliard many years ago at the Playhouse. We had some meaningful times - we went to see "Prince" in Raleigh (with our friend Molly) and he made me the BEST Halloween mask ever. We lost touch over the years. He was a good person. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at FRP.


David White posted on 4/19/09

I grew up in East Flat Rock and was friends with Jeff Rhodes. Hilliard knew more about Planet of The Apes and other Hollywood productions than anybody we knew. I attended the playhouse dozens of times over the last thirty years. I was always reassured that the sound was being directed by as capable a person as Hilliard. God speed and God bless, David White


Linda Edwards Campbell posted on 4/18/09

What a loss this is for the Playhouse family. I have known Hillard since 1988, and he has been a calm, sweet presence who worked tirelessly to achieve perfection in his craft. All of us who worked on the stage benefitted from his expertise. It will not be the same without him. All my love to his beloved Mother,and the rest of his family. You will be in my prayers.


Mary-Cae Hryskanich posted on 4/20/09

May God grant you strength during this time of grief. How can I express the special place Hilliard holds in my heart. He was a gentleman, kind and loving. He was always so helpful during my days at the rock...and so talented. I left FRP 11 years ago and His presence was always one I sought out when visiting, he brought joy to my heart. I wish I could have been there yesterday. He will be greatly missed.


mary mowery posted on 4/18/09

It saddens my heart that Hilliard is no longer with us....he and I had many wonderful conversations and laughs...he was a teddy bear in disguise. I remember the day I held him up when he cried like a baby when Robin died...he showed the love he has in his heart...a good man.


Denna Osteen Keith posted on 4/20/09

I went to elementary and high school with Hillard. He was a kind friend and I loved to hear him laugh. I will miss him.


Wally & Marguerette Shamburger posted on 4/18/09

May God's comfort be with you and you are comforted in knowing he is in the arms of God.


Phil Brittain posted on 4/24/09

I will always remember Hilliard as a kind soul, we will miss you. May you rest in peace.


Barbara McCoy posted on 4/18/09

Hilliard, we all will miss you. May you rest in peace.


Teresa Reece Trantham posted on 4/24/09

I am so sorry for the loss of Hilliard. He was always very kind and good to me in school. I'll always remember his since of humor and his easy going way.He safely transported me to school many, many days for which I am very grateful. He died on such a special day for me, the birth of my mother, Ann Reece, who also was his teacher for a short time. She thought the world of him and always had such fond memories. I'll always believe that am a better person for knowing Hilliard. Sincerely, Teresa Reece Trantham


Bill Munoz posted on 4/18/09

I met Hilliard in the summer of 1985, at Flat Rock Playhouse. I was an apprentice back then and he was already established as the Sound Designer for the company. In the summers that followed, we found ourselves bonding in a unique way. We were roommates one year, we had our ears pierced at the "Rock" together and I even drove him to the hospital one night because he had broken his foot dancing at an Opening Night Party!! Oh, the things we did back then..... I will miss seeing that big ol' head of hair behind the sound console and his laugh coming through the headset whenever something went wrong on stage.