Willie Eugene Ball, 70, materials handler

December 24, 2005

Willie Eugene Ball, a retired materials handler and decorated veteran, died of complications from diabetes Dec. 17 at University of Maryland Medical Center. The Northwood resident was 70.

Born in Hopson City, Ala., he attended Calhoun County High School.

He served in the Army and was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds he suffered while fighting in the Korean War.

Mr. Ball was retired from the Federal Reserve Bank in Otterbein and Consolidated Freightways, where he helped load and unload trucks.

He was a member of the Teamsters.

He was a member of the Club Progressive and the Club Committee of South Baltimore, social groups where he attended jazz programs.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Mount Olive Freewill Baptist Church, 809 W. Saratoga Street, where he was a member.

Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Leray Elaine Ball; three sons, Leonard Eugene Ball and Kevin Ball of Baltimore and the Rev. Gregory Ball of Hampton, Va.; four daughters, Roxanne Lucille Ball, Gwendolyn Shaw, Marcenia Ball and Vanessa Ball, all of Baltimore; a stepson, Kevin Crawley Jr. of Baltimore; a sister, Sue Hines of Dayton, Ohio; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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