Walter J. Ballah, a 1975 Emory & Henry Sports Hall of Fame inductee, was selected for his contributions to athletics as a volunteer coach and scout.
Coach W.S. “Pedie” Jackson led the Wasps to numerous winning seasons in the 1930’s, but Walter Ballah was responsible for a large part of the success. He played a behind-the-scenes role and went above and beyond the call of duty to help Coach Jackson and the team.
In addition to his service to the football team, Ballah was an early member of the college’s I-HEY program, which continues to aid in funding Emory & Henry athletics, and he served on the college’s Board of Visitors.
Ballah was a member of the Saltville Kiwanis Club, served on the board of trustees for Johnston Memorial Hospital, and was on the board of directors for the First National Bank of Saltville. In addition, Ballah was active in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Saltville, serving as vestryman and junior warden.
Ballah passed away in 1964, and his wife, Eva, accepted a certificate of recognition for his Hall of Fame induction on his behalf at Emory & Henry’s annual alumni banquet.