Little Cypress
Donald E. Ball, 68, of the Little Cypress community in Orange, passed away Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009 at the Oakwood Manor Care Facility in Vidor after an illness. Services to celebrate and honor his life will be held at 6 pm., Tuesday, Oct. 6 at the First Church of the Nazarene in Orange.  Officiating will be the Rev. K. Ray McDowell, lead pastor of the church and the Rev. Bruce McGraw, praise and worship pastor.  A gathering of family and friends for a time of reflection will be from 5 p.m.. until 9 p.m. on Monday evening at the church.  Services and cremation are under the direction of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange.  

Born on Aug. 17, 1941 in Helena, Ark. to parents, Cleon Ball and Capitola Pearl (Cole) Ball, he resided in Orange since 1982 and worked as an outreach and discipleship pastor for the First Church of the Nazarene in Orange.  Don was an excellent pianist, he had been involved in many quartets as a singer. Don had always held a strong desire to work within the ministry of nursing homes and established four of them in area nursing homes.  

Don is preceded in death by his father, Cleon Ball; brother, Clifford Ball; and his maternal grandparents, J. D. and Zella Cole. 
Those who will most cherish his memory are his loving wife, Marilyn Ball of Orange; mother, Capitola Pearl Ball of Orange; daughter, Cheri Edmondson of Lee’s Summit, Mo.;  son, Jeffery Wayne Ball and his wife, Judy of Las Vegas, Nev.; stepdaughters, Kerri Bell and her husband James of Branson, Mo. and Kristi Wolstenholm also of Branson; grandchildren, Devin Ball, Sheena Ball, Logan Edmondson and Brady Edmondson; stepgrandchildren, Christian Bell and Phoebe Bell.  Don is also survived by a host of extended family and friends.   

Pallbearers for the service will be Jeff Conway, Bobby Click, Tim Click, William Dotson, Robert Cooper and Dan Robertson. 

For those desiring memorial contributions, please make a donation in memory of Don to the Compassionate Ministries of the Nazarene Child Sponsorship, which helps to support orphaned children living in Bangladesh in care of First Church of the Nazarene, 3810 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Orange, Texas 77632-9034.