- April 21, 1958 - June 2, 2013
- Charleston, South Carolina
of Melinda's Passing
Charleston Charter School for Math and Science
1002 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Charleston Animal Society
2455 Remount Road
North Charleston, SC 29406
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“She was a beautiful person in every respect and she will be remembered for all that she did for people that she didn't even know.
I had the...Read More »
1 of 35 | Posted by: Joanne Miller - Simpsonville, SC
“RIP,Melinda. May God bless you and your beautiful family. It is without a doubt that you will be missed terribly.
2 of 35 | Posted by: Latoya - Whitehall , AR - none
“So sad hearing this news. I imagine her still fighting the good fight.
3 of 35 | Posted by: Robin Waddell - Litchfield, OH
“I'm am so sorry to hear this . I just watched her special on forensic files.❤️🙏
4 of 35 | Posted by: S.rooth - London - Mild victim
“Watching Forensic Files right now and her case is on it ,May she rest in peace she was so heroic god bless her and her family
5 of 35 | Posted by: James Tolson - Pasadena , MD
“Just saw Melinda's story on TV. She was a courageous women.
6 of 35 | Posted by: June Galvin - Myrtle Beach, SC
“I just saw the Forensic Files episode about what happened with Melinda's family and was glad to see that justice had prevailed and that all seemed...Read More »
7 of 35 | Posted by: Kenneth Davis - Glendale, AZ
“I learned of Melinda when I viewed Forensic Files. She became ill from toxic mold in her home and became an advocate for others in regards to this...Read More »
8 of 35 | Posted by: Valerie Clark - Bonham, TX
“In the thirteen years that I was privileged to know Melinda, I, we, all saw Melinda's dynamic spiritual essence and fortitude daily fight to break...Read More »
9 of 35 | Posted by: Merry Dailey - Myrtle Beach, SC
“My prayers go out to the family. Melinda was my mentor and friend.
While working for Melinda as her assistant in New York City, she taught me so...Read More »
10 of 35 | Posted by: Cassandra Kitt Webster - New York, NY
“May You Rest In Peace.
11 of 35 | Posted by: Bruce Litteaur - Austin, TX
“I first met Melinda in 2001, when I lost my former dream home due to toxic mold. I had read about Melinda and reached out to her for input on what we...Read More »
12 of 35 | Posted by: Tamara R. Pearlman - Roanoke, TX
“It's with great sorrow that I learned of the passing of Melinda, a crusader for those of us who suffered from mold illness. She will be greatly...Read More »
13 of 35 | Posted by: Pat Barth - NY
“I didn't meet Melinda in person, but worked with her to assist and educate others for many years. It breaks my heart that Melinda lost her life at...Read More »
14 of 35 | Posted by: Nancy Seats - St. Louis, MO
“Melinda, an angel sent to this earth for such a short time, accomplished so much to help others. Her family must be very proud and so fortunate to...Read More »
15 of 35 | Posted by: Teresa McCormick - Lakewood, WA
“My heart aches for your family. I did not get the privilege of meeting you personally, however my brother and nephew knew you well. Lewis and Eddie...Read More »
16 of 35 | Posted by: Reba Webb - Emmaus, PA - friend
“Melinda always impressed me with her upbeat personality. I am very saddened to hear of her passing. A bright star has gone out.
17 of 35 | Posted by: Jo Cannon - Charleston, SC
“Dear Reese and Bryan,
I am so sorry for your loss.
I can still hear her voice. It was a beautiful voice.
18 of 35 | Posted by: Arnold Mann - Los Angeles, CA
“It was the year 2000 or 2002 fall I was in Marshfield, VT and on the front page of the New York Times was
Melinda in a white hazmat suit, on a...Read More »
19 of 35 | Posted by: Katrine (Trini) Stevens - FL
“Dear Reese and Brian- Melinda was a great friend to anyone who needed her help. She helped countless people who had mold problems and never backed...Read More »
20 of 35 | Posted by: David C. Straus - Lubbock, TX
“I worked together with Melinda to find the person who took the life of her beloved Uncle Paul. She was dogged and persistent about the mission. She...Read More »
21 of 35 | Posted by: Jerry Mcintyre - Little Rock, AR
“Although I had only met Melinda recently I was touched be her intellect, passion and dedication. My condolences to her family and friends.
22 of 35 | Posted by: Steven Feinstein - Rye Brook, NY
“It was with devastating sadness that I learned of Melida's demise. She helped me, and my clients, more than any other person and I loved her like a...Read More »
23 of 35 | Posted by: Kelly Vance - Spokane, WA
This is a shocking and tragic loss for me personally and for countless others Melinda took under her wing to support in...Read More »
24 of 35 | Posted by: Mary Dale Ellis - Austin, TX
“Charleston is a less vibrant place without Melinda in it. Although I did not know her well, I knew her well enough to admire her generosity and be...Read More »
25 of 35 | Posted by: Bobbie Rose - Charleston, SC
“I was shocked and saddened to learn of Melinda's passing. I knew Melinda for many years -- first professionally and then personally. I will miss...Read More »
26 of 35 | Posted by: Alex Majchrowicz - Laytonsville, MD
“I was so sorry to see Melinda's obituary in this morning's paper. I met her three years ago when her uncle, Paul Birnbach, passed away after being...Read More »
27 of 35 | Posted by: Father Jason Tyler - Little Rock, AR
“An example for all of us, a wonderful person.
28 of 35 | Posted by: Karen Dean - NM - admirer
“What a horrible shock to hear about Melinda's passing. I am deeply saddened and extend my sympathy to Reece, Bryan and her entire family. I met...Read More »
29 of 35 | Posted by: Mary Mulvey Jacobson - Boston, MA
“Although I never met Melinda, I feel like we were kindred spirits. I veiwed her as a fellow mold warrior. She did so much for all those who have been...Read More »
30 of 35 | Posted by: Dana Toliver - Pasadena, CA
“I will remember Melinda as a fighter for the health and safety of others, after suffering from personal hardship that would have made a lesser person...Read More »
31 of 35 | Posted by: joseph salowitz - brooklyn, NY
“Rose Beyond the Wall
by A.L. Frink
A rose once grew
where all could see,
a garden wall,
And as the days passed
...Read More »
32 of 35 | Posted by: Sandi Trend
“My prayers to Melinda's family and loved ones. She was a wonderful and beautiful souled friend and will be missed so much. God Bless you Melinda,
...Read More »
33 of 35 | Posted by: Marcie McGovern - Ft.Worth, TX
“Although I didn't know Melinda well; I had heard of her through the years.. from numerous individuals. She was a true pioneer in her fight in the...Read More »
34 of 35 | Posted by: Sandi Trend
“Dear Reese, Bryan & Those Close to My Dearest Friend, Melinda:
My heart goes out to you during this difficult time. This must be a terrible shock...Read More »
35 of 35 | Posted by: Pati Tomsits - Irvine, CA
Melinda Ballard, 55, cherished wife of Bryan Jeffery Williamson and loving mother of Reese Colton Allison, passed away June 2, 2013.
She was a passionate advocate and fierce fighter for just causes and a loyal, true friend to many. All services will be private. J. HENRY STUHR, INC., DOWNTOWN CHAPEL is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Charleston Charter School for Math and Science, 1002 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403, or the Charleston Animal Society, 2455 Remount Road, North Charleston, SC 29406.