Virgil Ball

Services for Virgil E. Ball, 86, Lawrence will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at Cornerstone Southern Baptist Church.  Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.  He died October 27, 2012 surrounded by his family.

He was born on October 7, 1926 in Mapleton, KS the son of Thomas and Dollie (Gunsully) Ball.

Virgil was employed at Goodyear as a Tire Builder until his retirement in October 1988.  He served in the US Army during Korean and WWII.  Medals he received were, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and Arm of Occupation Medal. 

He married Lorna Brillhart on March 8, 1951 in Huntsville, Arkansas.  She survives of the home. 

Other survivors include sons, Larry Ball (Elaine), Lawrence, Darryl Ball (Elma), Ozawkie; daughters, Debra Fornelli (Gary) and Barbara Ball, all of Lawrence; sisters, Darlene Grant, Chanute, Reba Lentz, Aurora, MO, Vera Christian, Wichita, KS.  10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. 

The family will greet friends at 7:30 – 9 p.m. Monday, October 29, 2012 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Cornerstone Southern Baptist Church and may be sent in care of the Mortuary.

11 Condolences

  1. gail mcdowell on October 27, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Heartfelt prayers for all of you

  2. Randy and Elaine (miller) Shapiro on October 27, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss.Please know my parents Robert and Rosa Miller of Denver Colorado send their condolences also.
    May his memory always be for a blessing.
    Praying for you.

  3. Diane and Derek Ratliff on October 28, 2012 at 7:56 am

    May our prayers be with you. He will truly be missed.

  4. Allison and Jeff Blodig on October 28, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Although we didnt know him well, we know his kids and he must have been a very special person to have raised such wonderful children. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  5. darryl and elma on October 28, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    love u and miss u very much

  6. Larry Ball on October 29, 2012 at 11:25 am

    I love you dad. I hope I’m as good as father to my kids as you were to us.

  7. Michelle Elevier on October 29, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Our love, thoughts and prayers are with your family. I’m sure he was a special man. I enjoyed watching the KU game that time with Virgil and other family members. Love you Darryl and Elma–are here for you. Michelle & Thomas

  8. Kathy Bryant on October 29, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Debbie….My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

  9. Opal and Ed Brillhart on October 31, 2012 at 9:10 am

    We are so sorry for your loss and praying the Lord will be very near and sustain you at this very sad time. I hope you will remember me, Lorna – it has been “awhile”. I’m not sure I’ve seen you since you graduated and left Mapleton. I looked for you at Ivan Brillhart’s visitation but I never saw anyone that I thought was “you”.
    God bless you and your family. With love and prayers. Opal Cowan Brillhart

  10. Trevor on October 31, 2012 at 11:45 am

    We love you, hard to believe you are gone. We miss you so much, I am proud to be a Ball.

  11. Hubert and Della Thornburgh on October 31, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    We are so sorry to hear about your father. Thoughts and prayers are being sent to you and your family. remember the good times. Keep those memories locked away in your heart. Only you have the key to the heart to look for the memories. Your father is now another Angel that looks over us.

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