May 21, 2013Ballard, William Turpin, of Roswell, GA died peacefully at the age of 58 on April 25, 2013 after a brief illness. Turpin was born November 17, 1954 in Chicago, Illinois to Katherine Willis Ballard and John Horn Ballard.
Turpin was a peace time veteran of the Army, following which he obtained an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and a master's degree in geology from Indiana University. After a short stint in the oil industry, Turpin joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1986) and dedicated himself to the environmental restoration and protection of human health at federal facilities including military bases, used in prior generations for weapons manufacturing, and contaminated Department of Energy facilities. He became a nationally recognized expert in his field, whose expertise was often sought, even as far away as Lithuania.
Turpin is best known for his love of Celtic and Scottish music and traditions. He taught himself to play the whistle and Scottish drum and was a regular in local Celtic music jam sessions. He was Convener for the Scottish clan Gordon (maternal family lineage) for Georgia. He frequented the Highland Games and was known for his generous pour of fine single malt Scotch for all who wandered near. Turpin indulged his entrepreneurial side as he became known for the fine Scottish sporrans (front pouch to kilts) he lovingly hand crafted. He shared his love of history, heritage, the family farm, and tool works with his four children.
Turpin is survived by his four children, Megan and James Ballard of Chicago, IL, Haley and Henry Ballard of Roswell, GA, his siblings Mark Ballard of Chicago, IL, Charlie (Patricia) of Ridgefield, CT, Louise (John) Clark of Morrison, IL, and Alishja Ballard of Chicago, IL,; extended family Ann Ballard (Susan Warner, with additional family Charlie and Sammi Warner) of Chicago, IL, and Cindy Nolan of Roswell, GA. He was preceded in death by his parents.
The memorial service will be held at SouthCare Funeral Home 2260 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta, GA 30009 on Saturday, May 11 at 3pm. Valet parking will be provided as a courtesy by the family. In Lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Heifer International at: http://teamheifer.heifer.org/TurpinBallard or via mail to Heifer International, 1 World Avenue Little Rock, AR 72202.
Arrangements by Southcare Cremation & Funeral Society in Alpharetta, (678) 735-5500.