H. Curt Ball, 91, of Baytown, passed away Friday, May 5, 2017 in Baytown. He was born August 7, 1925 in Montgomery, Texas to his late parents, Rexford Lenus Ball and Myrtle Mae Yelverton Ball.
Perseverance. Faith. Generosity. Henry Curtis Ball, Curt to his family and friends, passed away on May 5, 2017. A renaissance man in his own right, Curt encouraged others to seek knowledge, enlightenment, and happiness. A child of Barbers Hill, he was raised under the roof of the Ball Hotel with his brothers R. L, Earl, and sister Venita Langston.
He continuously worked to expand his accomplishments even into late adulthood. Curt married his one and only, Marty Ball, and they enjoyed 69 years of marriage together. He both served in the Armed Forces and graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A & M. Curt was a World War II Army veteran who received a Purple Heart after being wounded in the battle of Okinawa. Curt joined Humble Oil & Refining Company, now ExxonMobil, where he won awards for serving in engineering design, maintenance, special projects, supervision, and eventually as a Quality Assurance Consultant. As a dedicated Christian, he served as a Deacon at Memorial Baptist Church and a representative for Texas Southern Baptist Convention. He saw importance in serving his community of Baytown and was a member of the Chamber of Commerce.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rexford Lenus Ball and Myrtle Mae Yelverton Ball; son, William Andrews Ball; daughter, Susan Robin Tompkins; brothers, R. L. Ball and Earl Ball and a sister, Venita Langston.
He is survived by his wife Marty Ball, daughter Laurie Chilelli and husband Chris, and son Joel Ball; grandchildren who affectionately referred to him as "Papa C," Joshua Tompkins, Abigail Tompkins, Jenny Cowan and her husband, Andy, and Carolyn Ball; great-granddaughter, Holland Cowan; niece Nita Vee Brown and her husband Larry, and numerous other nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at Navarre Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at Memorial Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Piatt and Rev. Alan Beck officiating. Music for the service will be provided by Carolyn Ball and Abigail Tompkins.
To view his online obituary or post a tribute to his family, go to www.navarrefuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to San Jacinto Baptist Association Lake Tomahawk Summer Camps at http://sanjacintobaptist.com/ministries/lake-tomahawk/sjba-summer-camps/.
Arrangements are under the direction of Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2444 Rollingbrook Drive, Baytown, Texas 77521, (281) 422-8111.