BALL, Robert WilsonOf Brentwood, TN. Passed away on February 9, 2013 at age 87. He was a native of Giles County. Preceding him in death were his parents, Emmett Calvin and Eva Strahl Brents Ball; one brother, Emmett Maurice Ball; daughter, Claire Ball. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Frances "Fran" Ball of Brentwood; son, Perry (Deborah) Ball of Melbourne, FL; three grand-daughters, Laura, Monica and Natalie. Mr. Ball was educated in Giles County Elementary and High Schools. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from George Peabody College, Nashville, TN in 1952, and later briefly attended Vanderbilt University. He retired from the Laboratory Services Division of the State of Tennessee Department of Public Health Services after a 30 year career. He enjoyed his hobbies of growing hybrid tea roses, flowering shrubs and trees, music, fishing, hunting, travelling, crafting home improvements, ballroom dancing, reading, especially history and literature. As a resident of Brentwood, TN from 1963 to the present, he became a member of Forest Hills Church of Christ, and later a member of First Christian Church, Franklin Road, Nashville, TN, later named Aspen Grove Christian Church, Franklin, TN. He was also a member of the Horizon Sunday School Class. A visitation with the family and friends will be held on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 from twelve o'clock noon until two-thirty in the afternoon at Woodlawn Roesch Patton Funeral Home. A funeral ceremony will be conducted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at two-thirty in the Dignity Hall of Woodlawn Roesch Patton Funeral Home with ministers Clinton Holloway and Adam Kaufhold officiating. Active Pallbearers will be members of Aspen Grove congregation. In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions may be made to Aspen Grove Christian Church, 274 Mallory Lane, Franklin, TN 37067 or Avalon Hospice. The family would like to express gratitude and thanks to the kind staffs and caretakers at Barton House and West Meade Place, and everyone who shared our life's journey.
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Published in The Tennessean on Feb. 10, 2013