Martha Jean Ball

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Funeral services for Martha Ball, 84, of Avinger, will be at 10 AM on Saturday, June 27, 2009 at First United Methodist Church in Avinger with Dr. Jonathan Bynum and Rev. Brian Waddell officiating. Burial will be at Harris Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home, Inc. Mrs. Ball was born on March 21, 1925 in Commerce, TX to Joseph and Acenith Johnson and died on Wednesday, June 24th at her home in Avinger. Mrs. Ball was a member of Marthas Group at Avinger UMC. She had a degree in Home Economics and English from East Texas State University in Commerce. She retired from Thiokol after 20 years. She lived a life of service, especially to her family and friends but also to her church and community.Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law Nancy and Tommy Walker of Avinger; two sons and daughters-in-law Joe and Jane Ball of Pine Tree and Jerry Pete and Reba Ball of Mims; one brother Dr. Joseph B. Johnson of Arlington, VA; grandchildren and grandchildren-in-law Michael and Brandi Walker of Avinger, Will and Ruthie Walker of Marshall, Wes Walker of Avinger, T.J. Hobbs of Mims, Sarah and Blake Biddy of Lassater, Peter Ball of Pine Tree and Callie Ball of Pine Tree and great grandchildren Blake and Cade Walker of Avinger. She was preceded in death by her husband Pete Ball in 1999. Mrs. Ball will lie in state on Friday, June 26th and the family will receive friends from 6-8 PM at the funeral home in Hughes Springs. Memorials may be made to Avinger United Methodist Church.

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  1. To the family of Martha Ball.What an inspiration Martha was to her family, friend, community, and church. Our thoughts are with you during this time of loss. May the Lord bless and keep you.Gale and Herbert Young

  2. We are saddened to learn of Mrs. Ball's death. She taught home economics at Avinger in the late 50's and early 60's. Martha and Pete Ball were two of the nicest people we ever met.She will be missed by many friends and neighbors. May God Bless her family.Love, Larry & Paulette

  3. Martha was one of the nicest ladies I have ever had the privilege of knowing. She always thought of others before herself, and had such a loving spirit about her. She will truly be missed.

  4. I share in your loss. Pete and Martha were my among the very first cousins I remember from the Hall reunions that my mother and father brought us to when I was about ten years old. My mother was Birdie Lee Hall Huff, Aunt Lucy's sister.

  5. Martha had one of the best alto voices I've ever heard. I remember hearing her beautiful voice clearly when my father died and she and Nancy sang "Whispering Hope" with the choir. I also remember driving Molly's motor scooter into the front door of her house one summer because I didn't know how to use the hand brake. She laughed a lot over that. I will always miss her as I miss my mom, LaNell Yarbrough, and the other great ladies of the Avinger Methodist Church who over the years fed us, taught us, dyed Easter Eggs for us, and left behind some mighty shoes to be filled. My sympathy to you all and may you find the peace that passeth all understanding during this time of pain and grief.Love,Dinah

  6. You are all in our prayers and thoughts during this time. She was a very special lady! Rebecca, Michael Lloyd, Victoria, and Kaleb McReynolds

  7. We are so sorry to hear of Martha's passing. She was a dear and very sweet lady and will be sorely missed. I loved to hear her laugh. Pat thought she was the best cook in Avinger! Now she has gone on to her glory. Know that you and yours are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time. We love yall.

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