Funeral services for James Ball, 92, of Spencer, were held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 14, 2001, at First Baptist Church in Spencer with Dr. Matthew Smith officiating.
Pallbearers were Raymond Ball, Curtis Ball, Hardie Ball, Jr., Joel Ball, Jeffrey Ball and Corey Ball. Honorary bearers were all grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Burial was in Garfield Cemetery in Webb. The Warner Funeral Home in Spencer was in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Ball passed away Sunday, March 11, 2001, at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer.
James Kinchalo, the son of James and Effie (Jones) Ball, was born April 1, 1908, in Hardensburg, Ky. He received his education in the Webb area.
On Sept. 17, 1936, he married Marie Beauvais in Spencer. Following their marriage, the couple lived in the Webb and Spencer areas. Mr. Ball farmed for many years and for 10 years he ran Phillips 66 Oil Station in Spencer. He was also a painter for three years.
He loved baseball and in his younger years was an excellent player. His love of the game continued as he coached Little League baseball for many years.
While living in Spencer, Mr. Ball was a member of First Baptist Church , a 50-year member of the Masons and Eastern Star. He was also a member of the Shriners and was a Kentucky Colonel. For many years he did volunteer work at the senior center, including Meals on Wheels and enjoyed showing movies at the nursing homes in town. For 30 years he took tickets at the Clay County Fair.
Mr. Ball was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Marie on Sept. 2, 1998; three sisters: Chloe, Myrtle and Judith; six brothers: Tom, Ted, Lora, Hardie, Archie and Godfrey; one son and his wife Neil and JoAnn Ball and one daughter-in-law Janice (Mrs. Steven Ball).
He is survived by three sons: LeRoy and his wife LaVon of Greeley, Colo., James and his wife Linda of Tekamah, Neb. and Steven of Iowa Falls; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two sisters-in-law Marsaline Ball of Laurens and Forest Ball of Sioux Rapids; many other relatives and friends.