William Barton “Jack” Ball

William Barton “Jack” Ball

Birth
Farmersville, Collin County, Texas, USA
Death 27 Nov 1985 (aged 89)
Bexar County, Texas, USA
Burial San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 166951992 · View Source
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W. B. "Jack" Ball was born in Farmersville, Collin County, Texas to T.E. and Mary Philpot Ball.

Brother Jack Ball attended public schools in Farnersville, Texas, and was
Class Salutatorian in the graduating class of 1914. He attended the University
of Texas and the Law School of the University of Texas, receiving B. A.
Degree in August of 1919 and L. L. B. Degree in June 1921. For the B. A.
Degree he majored in History (particularly Latin-Anrerican) and minored in
Government. He did outstanding work while in University, serving as
Student Assistant in government and Quiz Master (Student assistant) in Law
School at the University of Texas. His scholarship and popularity was further
acknowledged by his being admitted to the following: Acacia Fraternity, Phi
Beta Kappa, Phi Delta Phi, Phi Sigma Alpha and Chancellors.
During World War I Brother Ball withdrew from the University and
voluntarily enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After completion
of recruit training he was assigned to the N. C. O. School at Paris Island,
South Carolina. After completing N. C. O. School he was promoted to
Non-Com and assigned back to the Marine N. C. O. School, Paris Island,
South Carolina as an instructor. He was honorably discharged in December,
1918.
Again, during World War II, Brother Ball served his country in a civilian
status as a member of the Staff of the Chief Air Raid Warden of Bexar County
and San Antonio Metropolitan area.
Upon graduation from Law School, University of Texas, Brother Ball
entered law practice in June of 1921 in San Antonio, Texas, with the law
firm of Taliaferro, Cunningham and Moursund. On January 1, 1925, he
entered independent practice and continued in this capacity until November
of 1935 when he formed partnership with the firm of Moursund, Ball,
Moursund and Bergstrom. For years he has been a member of the San
Antonio Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas and the American Bar
Association. He was a Past President and Past Director of the San Antonio
Bar Association. He served on various committees of the State Bar Association
of Texas, having been State Chairman of two committees. At one time was
member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association.
Brother Ball has always shown a keen interest in church and civic affairs.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, San Antonio, Texas, of the
San Antonio Country Club, of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, of the
San Antonio Conopus Club and formerly of the San Antonio Council of
Presidents, having served as President and as Director of this Council and
active in various other civic organizations of the city. He was a member
of the State Democratic Executive Committee of Texas during 1941-1942.
Brother Ball married Alice Munson of Brazoria County, Texas, in 1921,
and to this union was born one son, T. Armour Ball, who is a member of
Albert Pike Lodge No. 1169, San Antonio, Texas. Mrs. Ball passed way
February 28, 1945.
Brother Ball was initiated in Farmersville Lodge No. 214, of Farmersville,
Texas, on November 27, 1918, passed July 19, 1919, and raised August 9,
1919, the degrees having been conferred by courtesy by other Lodges. He
affiliated as a Charter Member of Albert Pike Lodge No. 1169 in 1921 and
served as Worshipful Master in 1928-1929.
In the Grand Lodge of Texas he served on the Committee on Masonic
Jurisprudence, as District Deputy Grand Master of the 39th Masonic District,
as Grand Senior Warden in 1952, Deputy Grand Master in 1953 and at
118th Annual Grand Communication was installed as the M. W. Grand Master
of Masons in Texas. He served as Grand Representative of the Grand Lodge of
Kansas near the Grand Lodge of Texas.
Brother Ball was a member of the Scottish Rite, the York Rite Bodies and
Alzafar Shrine Temple of San Antonio. He was coroneted 33• Inspector
General Honorary by the Supreme Council in 1945 and is a member of the
Red Cross of Constantine. He served as Chairman of the Executive Committee
of the Scottish Rite Bodies of San Antonio for several years.
Upon installation as Grand Master he stated that it would be his purpose
to dedicate himself to the task of "Carrying Masonry to Every Mason in Texas."
Regarding this task one of the Committees of Grand Lodge had this to say:
"He has of a verity, applied himself to his announced objective, 'Carrying
Masonry to every Mason in Texas'; from border to border, north, south, east
and west, has this Apostle of Fraternity and Brotherly love developed his
theme. With the zeal of a crusader, the wisdom of a philosopher, the
fortitude of Atlas and the patience of Job, has he endeavored to 'make
darkness light before us and crooked things straight'."
You, Brother Ball, have earned the love, esteem and admiration of the
rank and file of the Craft and are enshrined in the hearts of over two
hundred and twenty-three thousand Masons in the Grand Jurisdiction of Texas.

Brother Ball passed away on November 27, 1985, Masonic Grand Lodge Funeral Services were performed under the auspices of Albert Pike Lodge No. 1169, with Brother Frank S. Tamsett serving as Funeral Master.


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  • Created by: Karl Hargis
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  • Find a Grave Memorial 166951992
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Barton “Jack” Ball (21 Sep 1896–27 Nov 1985), Find a Grave Memorial no. 166951992, citing Sunset Memorial Park, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Karl Hargis (contributor 47021432) .