06/23/06 - NNHS Newsletter - John Ball

John G. Ball
(19 May 1930 - 21 June 2006)

Newport News High School Class of 1948


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Sad news continues to arrive. 

From the Daily Press - 06/23/06:

John G. Ball 

HAMPTON - John G. Ball, 76, a beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away Wednesday, June 21, 2006, at Riverside Regional Medical Center. Born in Asheville, N.C., John moved to Newport News in 1940. He was a 1948 graduate of Newport News High School, where he lettered in the band, and later attended the Apprentice School of the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock. He also served his country honorably in the United States Air Force. John was employed at Noland Company, Benson-Phillips and Ranhorn and Granger. He then owned and served as president of Jones and Ball, Inc., for more than 32 years. A dedicated member of Ivy Memorial Baptist Church and a member of the Fellowship Class, John served as an Usher for many years and was active in various committees. He was a faithful member of Gideon's International. Other memberships include the Hampton Kiwanis Club; Peninsula Home Builder's Association, where he received Associate of the Year Award and served on the Board of Directors; Peninsula Builder Exchange, where he served on the Board of Directors; and the American Legion Drum and Bugle Corps. John was preceded in death by his first wife of 34 years, Betty S. Ball; his parents, James and Nora Etta Ball; and his brother, Jack Ball. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 17 years, Tanya H. Ball; daughters, Debra Kravitz and her husband, Ron, of Hampton and Dr. Shari Ball Barbieri and her husband, Dr. Steve Barbieri, of Richmond; grandchildren, John and Elizabeth Kravitz and Rachel and Matthew Barbieri; stepdaughters, Kim Sorrels and her husband, David, Teresa Stinnett and her husband, David, all of Buena Vista; stepson, Kevin Moran and his wife, Michelle, of Leesburg; step-grandchildren, Lee and Katie Stinnett, Haley Baker, Justin and Mallory Sorrels; greatly loved father-in-law, Joseph L. Comer; and many other special family and friends. A service to celebrate John's life will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ivy Memorial Baptist Church with the Rev. John Etcher officiating. Burial will follow in Parklawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home. In John's memory, memorial contributions may be made to Ivy Memorial Baptist Church Youth Ministry, Gideon's International or your favorite charity. Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave., Hampton, Va.

Published in the Daily Press on 6/23/2006.  
Guest Book

We share your grief. John was a dear friend and encourager. I remember his attendance in our witness course and his desire to share his faith. We love all the members of this family.
Gene and Ramona Fant
Gene Fant (Nashville, TN ) - June 22, 2006
The John Ball Family
Our Love and Prayers are with you.
May you have Peace knowing Johnny is with Jesus.
Johnny was one of the nicest people we've had the pleasure of knowing.
He will be missed.
We Love you all.
Love and Prayers
Michael, Donna, Amy Thorson (Newport News, VA ) - June 22, 2006
I am deeply saddened to hear of Johnnie's passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I will miss his humor, honesty and kindness.
Gus Ward (Providence Forge, VA ) - June 22, 2006
Dear Tanya and family,
I am sorry for your loss. I pray that God will comfort you in this difficult time.
Susan Prunier (Murphy, NC ) - June 23, 2006
John was a great encourager. He was a minister's true friend. I will miss seeing him each week at church. Thanks, John, for the love you gave to my family and me.
Rev. Lamar Black (Newport News, VA ) - June 23, 2006
Shari & Debbie,
So sorry to hear about the passing of your father. Your family was such a special part of my life during our high school years with lots of fond memories of carpooling.
Ruth (Gungle) Young (Merritt Island, FL ) - June 23, 2006

   Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Ball family at this time.

   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol


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Morning Has Broken

Words: Eleanor Farjeon
Music: Traditional Gaelic

1. Morning has broken like the first morning;
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird.
Praise for the singing! Praise for the morning!
Praise for them springing fresh from the Word!

2. Sweet the rain's new fall sunlit from heaven,
Like the first dewfall on the first grass.
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden,
Sprung in completeness where His feet pass.

3. Mine is the sunlight! Mine is the morning,
Born of the one light Eden saw play!
Praise with elation; praise ev'ry morning,
God's recreation of the new day!

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