Bill was the son of William and Louella Ball and grew up in Barbourville, KY. Bill married his high school sweetheart Elizabeth Ann Viall (Sister Ann or Libbie) and raised three boys Col. Robert L. Ball (USA Ret.) married to Sally Spears Ball of Greensboro, Richard T. Ball married to Debbie Ridge Ball of Greensboro and Rev. Barry D. S. Ball married to Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball of Charleston West Virginia.
Bill grew up loving the outdoors, at a young age hunting and fishing held much more appeal than sitting in a classroom. Bill graduated from Union College in Barbourville, KY and soon afterward began a career with the Internal Revenue Service that moved the family through Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina. No matter where the family was living at the time, Bill was active in the United Methodist Church. Bill served as delegate to the United Methodist Annual Conferences in three different conferences Holston, Virginia and Western North Carolina. Bill and Libbie have been active members of West Market Street United Methodist Church for many years where he has served on numerous committees and taught Sunday School.
Bill served as a trustee for Union College for 31 years, was named a Kentucky Colonel in 1979, volunteered with the Cub and Boy Scouts, served as an auxiliary youth probation officer in Memphis, TN, was a member of the Lions Club and was treasurer of the Greensboro Shepherd’s Center.
Bill is survived by his wife, three sons, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy may go to the William and Elizabeth Ball Scholarship at Union College, 310 College Street, Barbourville, KY 40906 or West Market Street United Methodist Church, 302 West Market Street, Greensboro, NC 27401.