Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

July 6, 2013

John Calvin Ball

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — John Calvin Ball, 61, of Augusta Street Ext., Bluefield, WV, passed away on July 4, 2013 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, VA after a brief illness.

Born on September 30, 1951 in Bluefield, he was a son of the late Virginia Heaton Ball and Sandy Bradford Ball. John graduated from Bluefield High School and recently retired from Bluestone Coal Company. He was a member of the UMWA and the Bluefield Elks Lodge. He was a loving father, brother and friend. John always found time to help all who called on him.

He was preceded in death by a stepson, Rick Yearout.

Survivors include: Wife: Gerry Ball of the home. Son: Jeremy Ball of Greensboro, NC. Stepdaughter: Debbie Yearout Bucher and husband Patrick of Camp Hill, PA. Brothers: Jack Ball of Salisbury, NC, Jim Ball and wife Debbie of Bland, VA. Sisters: Jeri Snyder and husband Randy of Bluefield, Jeannie Simmons and husband Bob of Rocky Gap, VA. Granddaughter: Laura Phlegar and husband Denny and two great grandsons of Youngsville, NC. Niece: Vicky Ball Fleming and husband of Richmond, VA

Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 6:00 PM at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home Chapel in Bluewell with Rev. W.D. Hasty officiating. John’s closest friend, Bruce Remines and brother Jack Ball will also be speaking. Burial will follow at a later date at the Grandview Memory Gardens in Bluefield, VA.

Friends may call from 5-6 PM at the funeral home.

Online condolences will be accepted at

Cravens-Shires Funeral Home, 3431 Coal Heritage Road (Bluewell), Bluefield, WV 24701 is serving the family.