William Robert “Bobby” Ball, Jr., 80, passed away peacefully on January 26, 2023. Bobby was the only child born to Bill and Ruth Ball on October 28, 1942 in Milledgeville, Georgia. In 1954, Bobby began his lifelong passion with baseball as part of the first Virginia Little League team to play in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA. He was signed out of high school to play for the Dodgers organization in 1961 by Tommy Lasorda. He played in the minor leagues for 5 years until making the decision to leave baseball behind to raise a family and work for Dupont in Richmond, Va. Ultimately, he worked for Dupont for 35 years, retiring in 2001. Bobby loved the Lord and being in the Word. When asked about his favorite Scripture, it was all of them. He also loved singing in the choir and his favorite hymn was “Victory in Jesus.”
Bobby was preceded in death by his parents and his son, William Robert Ball, III.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Judy; his children, Lori Phelps (Phil) and James Ball (Lynn); his 5 grandchildren: Walter, Shawn, Justin, Madison, and Wade; and one great-granddaughter, Dawson.
A memorial service will be held at Heritage Baptist Church on Monday January 30, 2023 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heritage Baptist Church. Online condolences at www.morrissett.com