BAILEY BALL DEAD
Mr. Bailey Ball died at his home near Bellflower Friday, December 18 after an extended illness. He did not long survive his wife, who departed this life January 29, 1931. Since her death their daughter, Mrs Myrtle Welch, and her husband, Howard Welch, have resided with him and tenderly cared for him in his great suffering, until death gave him relief from that dread affliction, cancer, which has baffled all medical science.
Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at two o'clock, at New Providence, by Rev. J.S.Eames. a life-long friend of the family. and Rev. J. C. Crenshaw, a pastor of, the church. At the request of a brother, N. J. Ball, Auld Lana Syne was sung at the close of the service. The great assembly of relatives and friends then wended its way to the adjoining churchyard, where the tired body was laid to rest by the side of his wife, there to await the Resurrection morn.
Following is a history of the Ball family and a tribute to Mr. Bailey Ball, Which was read by a brother James F. Ball of Montgomery City.
John Bailey Mason Ball was born near Troy, in Lincoln County, Missouri, March 12, 1857. He was a son of Captain John E. Ball and Elizabeth H. (Dyer) Ball. In this family were nine children, two girls and seven boys. They were David A (deceased), Margaret A. (deceased), James F., John Bailey Mason (the deceased), Galen R. (deceased), Ned J., Claude R., Laura W. (deceased), and William S. Only four of this family now survive and all reside in this county except William S , who resides in Morgantown, W.Va.
Bailey was married to Miss Kate Rohrer, by the late Rev David W. Graves. in 1881. To this union were born two children. Harry E. Ball of Montgomery City and Mrs. Myrtle Welch of Bellflower, both in this county. His grandchildren are Harry F. Welch, Alton, Ill , two great grandchildren Jacqueline and Janice Welch; Harry E. Ball's children are Lulu May, Richard Bailey, Sue Catherine, Harry E. Jr., William Douglas and John Franklin Ball.
Bailey was a man of limited education, never having gone to school more than four months in any one year in his life. But he was a reader, and student of current events. He spent his live in Montgomery country and in this community from the 2nd day of February, 1869, to the day of his death; and when he married he, and his wife nestled on the farm where he died. While he was a strong believer in the Christian religion, he never united with any church. He always adhered to the teachings and the faith of the Primitive Baptist Church.
The grandparents on his father's side were James Ball and Margaret Smith Ball. His grandfather James, was born in the Tide Water District of Virginia, December 10, 1787. Margaret Smith Ball was born in North Carolina June 7, 1801. They were married June 7, 1820, and migrated to St. Louis county, Missouri, in 1835, where they both died, she in 1841 and he in 1852. They were both members of the Fee Fee Primitive Baptist Church in that county, having moved their membership to this church from Goose Creek, Fauquier county, Virginia, in the year 1835.
From tradition, and from the history or the Tide Water District of Virginia, we find that James Ball's father was Colonel William Ball, who was an officer in the Caionial Army, in the war of the Revolution; and this William Ball's father was also named William, and his father, was Major James Ball and an own cousin to Joseph Ball, father of Martha (Ball) Washington, the mother of George Washington.
The deceased was a modest hard working, honest man, a good citizen, and a useful Member of society. If every man and woman in this Nation had lived the kind of life these two people did, there would be no need for jails, alms-houses, penitentiaries, sheriffs, constables or prohibition enforcement officers.
To his Memory and Peace to his soul: Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, is the fundamental law.
Now we have come to the parting of the ways, and we must say those words which have shattered so many many homes: Farewell. Fare thee well, until we meet thee and greet thee, at our Great Family Reunion around the white throne of our Redeemer, where we all shall bask in that home, in the beautiful light of God's eternal love forever and forever. Again. Bailey, I say, Fare the well.
(Obituary Contributed by Kris Scott)
Malinda "Katherine" Rohrer Ball
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