Frances (nee Ballard) Glinsey, 73, of Lorain, Ohio, gained her heavenly wings on January 4, 2021 surrounded by her husband, children, and family. Frances was the sixth child born to the late Clarence Edward Ballard Sr. and Lorine (nee Shelby) Ballard in Gibson, TN on July 2, 1947. She attended Central High School in Alamo, TN. Frances traveled at the age of 16 along the side of her twin brother from Humboldt, TN and moved to Lorain, Ohio in 1965. Upon her arrival she moved into the home of Sam and Dorothy Smith. Frances married Tommie Glinsey Sr. on September 2, 1990. Frances was an inclusive type of person who had a love for people; especially the elderly and demonstrated that throughout her life. She retired as an HHA from Berkshire Homecare, Rocky River, OH. During her employment with the Elyria Police Department as a Crossing Guard she was affectionately known as Mrs. G by the children that adored her. She was a strong woman of faith and never failed to assemble herself in the house of God. She dedicated her life to the Lord in 1961 at Faith Temple Church of God in Christ, Humboldt, TN under the leadership of Bishop Eddie H. Ware where she sang alongside four of her siblings in the Ballard Family Group. Shortly after arriving to Lorain, OH she and her twin brother joined the Friendship Baptist Church Community Choir. Frances was a former member of the Original Glorious Apostolic Church (OGAC), Elyria, OH where she sang with the Smith Singers and the United Glorious Voices under the pastorship of James Smith. She would finish her spiritual journey as a member of Bethel Church of God in Christ (COGIC), Elyria, OH under the pastorate of Superintendent Willis Williams. Frances was ordained as a Deaconess on July 22, 2011 and later received her Evangelist License on August 18, 2012. Frances loved to play the piano and organ as a child, and as she grew, continued as a pianist and organist for various churches throughout Lorain County. She was recognized by the city of Lorain in the 1980’s for her ability to draw neighborhood children through song. She would play the piano on her patio as neighborhood children would gather around to sing along. She leaves behind, to cherish her memory, her loving husband, Tommie Glinsey Sr.; four children Francene L. (Jeffrey) Johnson of Joplin, MO, Kecia L. Woods of Lorain, OH, Raymond D. Woods Jr. of Columbus, OH and Desnique Y. (Theodorus) Tsantylas of Lorain, OH by her first husband, Raymond; seven step-children Diana Glinsey, Maurice (Nicole) Glinsey, Tanya (Calvin) Pearcy, Charisse Glinsey, Tommie Glinsey Jr., Tommecca (Frank) Fryson, and Cheris Glinsey; six grandchildren, twenty-three stepgrandchildren and eleven step-great grandchildren; one brother William C. (Jackie) Ballard of Lorain, OH; four sisters Sadie (James) Smith of Humboldt, TN, Faye (Jonny) Ross of Murfreesboro, TN, Mary Matthews and Darlene (James) Jones both of Lorain, OH; two sisters-in-law Barbara and Thelma Ballard both of Lorain, OH; one paternal aunt Perlie Strayhorn of Milan, TN; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and godchildren. Frances was preceded in death by her parents Clarence Edward and Lorine Ballard Sr; siblings Earl Ballard (Infant), Shirley Ann Johnson, Frank Ballard (Twin), Dorothy Lorine Smith, Willie Ray Ballard, and Clarence Edward Ballard Jr.
A walk-through visitation will be held Saturday, January 9, 2021, 9:00 a.m. and 10:00a.m. service at Faith Ministries Christian Center, 1306 Euclid Ave., Lorain, immediately followed by a private memorial service. Social distancing, COVID-19 safe practices and a mask are required.
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