Ballard Lyerly was born on 9 November 1884 in Mississippi to Capt. Charles Abner Lyerly and Virginia Harding Drane.
Died non Battle 10 December 1945 at Lookout Mountain, Walker, Georgia

U.S. Field Artillery

The Chattanooga Daily Times, 12 December 1945
Funeral services for Col. Ballard Lyerly, who died from a heart ailment Monday, will be held at the residence of his sister, Mrs. Irene Lyerly Lamb,, 680 South Crest Road.
The retired field artillery officer will be accorded full military honors at the graveside in Forest Hills, where a squad of Fort Oglethorpe enlisted men will fire a salute and an army bugler will sound “Taps.
“Col. Lyerly had been a resident of Chattanooga more than a half century, coming here with his family from Meridian, Miss., as a nine-year-old boy. He spent more than 30 years in the regular army after graduating from the Virginia Military Institute in 1906. He had been retired with the rank of colonel slightly more than a year when the fatal attack came. His retirement from military service was necessitated by ill health.

Profile picture from the U.S. School Yearbook Central High School, Chattanooga, Tennessee of 1936.  Letter and envelope provided by Marilyn McCall.

First article from the Chattanooga Star, 14 August 1907
Second article from The Chattanooga Daily Times, 3 November 1932

  • Rank: Colonel
  • Date of birth:
  • 9 November 1884
  • Date of death: 10 December 1945
  • County: Hamilton
  • Hometown: Chattanooga
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: Field Artillery
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Forest Hills Cemetery, Chattanooga, Hamilton County, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XI, Middle Panel
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