The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


March 30, 2014

Obituaries — Sunday, March 30, 2014

Thomas ‘Tom’ E. Ball and Deborah S. ‘Debbie’ Ball

Thomas “Tom” E. Ball, age 61, and Deborah S. “Debbie” Ball, age 59, both of Shady Spring, passed away within hours together both following short illnesses.

Tom was born on September 13, 1952, in Mullens, W.Va., to Dolly Sizemore of Rhodell and the late Robert Ball. Debbie was born on July 13, 1955, in Beckley, W.Va., to Margaret Long of Beaver and the late Averil Long Sr.

They were married December 17, 1974, in Pearisburg, Va. They have been together since high school. Tom’s hobby was collecting coins and memorabilia. He enjoyed playing with his grandchildren. He also enjoyed old antique and muscle cars. Debbie enjoyed playing with her grandchildren and being outdoors. She also enjoyed country/ western music and played the clarinet.

In addition to their fathers, they were preceded in death by a son, Christopher Robert Ball; and Debbie’s brother, Delmar Ray Long.

In addition to their mothers, survivors include their daughters, Cheryl Ball of Beckley, and her children, Hunter Thomas Bowling from Shady Spring, and Nicole Raye French, of Church Hill, Tenn.; and Cynthia Lilly and husband Jason and their children Makinzie Lynn and Daniel Charles of Beaver; Tom’s brothers, David and Harry Ball of Beckley; Debbie’s sisters Sandra Lilly and husband Lannie of Daniels, Cathy Earl and husband Jim of Philadelphia, Pa., her brother, Earl Long of Beaver; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Services to celebrate the lives of Thomas and Deborah Ball will be conducted at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 31, 2014, at the Blue Ridge Funeral Home Chapel in Prosperity with Rev. Michael Vernatt officiating. After the services are concluded, they both will be cremated.

Friends may call from 6 to 7 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family will graciously accept donations at the funeral home.

Online condolences and other tributes are available to the family by visiting

Arrangements with Blue Ridge Funeral Home and Cremations, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive in Prosperity.

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