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Lawrence Elwood "Larry & Elwood" Ball
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Birth: Jan. 6, 1922
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma County
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Oct. 7, 2011
Fannin County
Texas, USA

My mother Oriola and their sister Gladys gave him the middle that they got from a book. The family and all before joined the Air Force knows him as Elwood. Everyone after he joined the Air Force knows him as Larry, since you go by your first name in the military.

Air Force Veteran, 1 Feb. 1941 to 31 July 1962, WWII and Korea Wars. Air Plane mechanic. Wanted to be a pilot but was color blind.

Graduated from Edmond High School, Edmond, Oklahoma county, Oklahoma in 1940.

Article in the Daily Oklahoma Oct. 1929.
[] is the corrections

First person in Oklahoma to have open heart surgery and such a delicate operation as a needle removed from the heart at Wesley Hospital, Oklahoma City. Age 7 yrs.-9 mos., 10-15-1929, found a needle on back porch and put in his overalls pocket to give to his mom later, not home at the time. Than went outside and started playing with friends on some wood in the back yard and fell, the needle was pushed through the skin and through he pull out what he thought was all, was only half with other half punching the heart muscles. Then as today, had his dad's sense of humor and made it through the operation and recovery just fine. Has a great sense of humor and loves to tease.
Child, 7, Walks Soon After Needle Is Removed - HURT WHILE AT PLAY: Delicate Organ Is Penetrated When Lad Falls on Home Made Scooter [playing on wood]. Seven-year-old Jimmy Baugh [Elwood Ball] got up and walked across the floor at Wesley Hospital here Tuesday and declared: "It don't hurt a bit now." For 10 hours Jimmy [Elwood] had been in pain with a needle penetrating his heart. The needle, one and one half inches long, was removed by Dr. V. H. Musick and Harper Wright, partners in charge of the South Oklahoma City clinic. "It was a 50-50 chance," Dr. Musick said after the operation, ‘for if we had not been successful immediately, the boy would have died."
Injured at Play: Jimmy {Elwood] is the son of E. M. Baugh [BALL], Britton, carpenter. With four brothers and sisters, he was playing in the back yard of his home late Monday with an improvised scoter made by their father. [only Glen at home]. Jimmy [Elwood] spied a needle. He picked it up and pinned it into his shirt on the left side. "I'll save this for mama," his father quoted him as saying as he resumed his frolic among the sawhorses in the backyard workshop. Suddenly the youth screamed. He had fallen on his face. Rushing to his side, the father noticed the needle had disappeared. The fall had driven the steel splinter into the boy's side.
Buried in Flesh: Not even the eye was visible. The father's diagnosis was verified by Dr. Musick when the boy was taken to the south side clinic. An operation was seen as the only chance. Only a local anesthetic was given and the needle removed with little probing. Earlier Dr. Musick said the quivering flesh indicated the heart was scraping the needle point, which would soon result in infection or stopping of the heart. It was found the outer wall was punctured. Jimmy [Elwood] was sleeping late Tuesday and probably will recover rapidly, doctors said.
Needle Gone, Boy Better: When Elwood Ball, 7 years old, fell from his hand-made scooter and drove a needle nearly to his heart, it looked as if the little fellow had made his last scooter trip Tuesday. But Dr. V. H. Musick of the South Oklahoma City clinic extracted the needle at Wesley Hospital and by nightfall Elwood was feeling nearly himself again. Elwood, son of E.M. Ball, Britton, was riding his scooter. Boy-like, he had pinned up a tear in his shirt with a needle about an inch and a half long. When he fell on his face the blow drove the steel splinter into his chest, with the point penetrating the outer muscles of the heart, Doctor Musick said. The needle was extracted by aid of a local anesthetic.

MARRIED 3 Oct. 1942, Roswell, NM


Grandfather of
Shelby Eugene Ball
Charlene Rene' [Bleiker...Williams]
Karen Faye [Billingsly]
Delores Marie "DeeDee" [Stump]
Derek James Brown
Marcus Daniel Ball
Steven Christopher Ball [Rev.]
Elizabeth Andrea Ball

Great-Greatfather of
Austin Shelby Bleiker
Sydney Anne Williams
Raegan Ashley Stump
Catherine Lauren Stump
Donald Steven Ball
Shadrack Daniel
Marcus Samuel

Step-Grandfather of

Step-Great Grandfather of

NM newspaper - 50th Wedding Anniversary announcement

Ball Lawrence E. "Larry" Ball and Luna E. Graham Ball are celebrating their golden wedding anniversary. They were married Oct. 3, 1942, in Roswell. Ball was in the Army Air Corp at Walker Air Force Base, Roswell. Mrs. Ball was living in Artesia with her parents. After World War II, Ball continued his career in the Air Force and retired Aug. 1, 1962. He remained semi-retired working at various jobs until retirement in March 1975. Mr. and Mrs. Ball celebrated their 50th anniversary with a trip to Honolulu prior to a celebration with their three children and daughter-in-law: David E. Ball and wife Paulette, of Blanco; Carol R. Musgrove of Farmington; Larry P {should be D.} Ball of Albuquerque; and eight grandchildren.

stroke Sept. 2010 and Spring 2011

Lawrence Elwood Ball
Monday 17th October 2011 - Albuquerque, NM
Viewing: 9am to 10 am at Church - Berean Baptist Church - 3800 Eubank Blvd. NE. Church Service: 10:00 am. Reception: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm - American Legion Post 49 - 11007 Central Ave. NE. Procession will leave for Gravesite at 1:30 pm from the Reception, for those that want to go. Graveside: 2:30 pm There will be a grave side service in Rio Rancho, Vista Verde Memorial Park LLC, 4310 Sara Rd.

Pall Bearers [grandsons]
Marcus Ball
Shelby Ball
Derek Brown
Austin Bleiker
Kevin Billingsley
Chuck Stump

Preacher: Steven Ball [grandson]

Eulogy: DeDee Stump [granddaughter] 
Family links: 
  Ernest Monroe Ball (1888 - 1964)
  Margaret Geneva McClure Ball (1888 - 1966)
  Luna Estelle Graham Ball (1918 - 2005)
  Larry Dale Ball (1947 - 2003)*
  Levander Mason Ball (1907 - 1992)*
  Gladys Lillian Ball Watson (1909 - 1990)*
  Florence Oriola Ball Clark (1911 - 1996)*
  Warren Glen Ball (1920 - 1935)*
  Lawrence Elwood Ball (1922 - 2011)
*Calculated relationship
Note: buried 17th
Vista Verde Memorial Park
Rio Rancho
Sandoval County
New Mexico, USA
Created by: Donna Lee Wall
Record added: Nov 11, 2010
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Lawrence Elwood Larry & Elwood Ball
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Lawrence Elwood Larry & Elwood Ball
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Lawrence Elwood Larry & Elwood Ball
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