Charles Bickford Ball passed away from earthly to heavenly life on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at the age of 77 after a long battle with COPD, cancer, and congestive heart failure. He was born on January 16, 1937 in Fort Worth, Texas, the only child of Alta Florene Stephens, and Freddie L. Ball, who survived the Death March of Bataan, but later died as a Japanese POW. After honorably serving as an Airman Second Class REGAF in the Air Force, Charles returned home to Corpus Christi, attended Del Mar Community College, and married his life long love, Abbigail Waddle on November 30, 1958. He enjoyed over a 30 year career with Texas Instruments and retired as an Equipment Engineering Supervisor at the Stafford facility. Charley leaves behind his faithful wife Gail, his daughter Tami Karaffa, and his daughter Sheila and son in law Charles Whitson. Also surviving Papaw are his grandchildren, Charles "Nick" Whitson and wife Edy, LCPL Jonathon Whitson USMC, and Allyson Karaffa as well as numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews whom he adored. Charley loved music, played the trumpet as a boy, and had a beautiful singing voice right up to his final days when he sang from his hospital bed with Ann, the Music Therapist. According to Gail, he had the most beautiful "duck tail" in Corpus Christi, and they danced the bebop, jitterbug, and waltzed across Texas whenever they had the chance. He was a kind and loving soul who maintained his great sense of humor till the end. Following cremation, a memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Sunday, April 13 from 3 to 4 p.m. in the chapel at Sugar Land Mortuary, 1818 Eldridge Road, Sugar Land, Texas.
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Published in Houston Chronicle on Apr. 12, 2014