August 4, 1946 - February 10, 2014
Arthur Wayne Ball, 67, passed away in his home in Plano, TX surrounded by his family on Monday February 10, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer. Arthur was born to the late Jess C and Laura Charlotte Ball on August 4, 1946 in Uniontown, PA. He was one of seven children. Arthur graduated from Uniontown High School in 1965. He went on to join the US Army, serving time in Germany from 1965 – 1967. Shortly after his time in the service, he met, fell in love with and married his wife, Sylvia Slupski in Erie, PA on October 4th, 1969. They went on to have three children.
Arthur’s gift in life which ultimately developed into his passion was his ability to build or construct anything from a piece of wood. He was a master craftsman in every sense of the word and could truly work magic with his hands. He started out building custom made homes in Erie before taking his trade down to North Texas where he transitioned into high end custom billiard tables, custom cabinetry and various other innovations.
Arthur was an active member of American Legion Post 321 in Plano, Texas. He had more friends than anyone could ever hope for. Arthur loved to laugh and to make others laugh as well. He could brighten up a room with his presence, and always had good joke ready to share. As he began to design and build his custom billiard tables, he developed a love to shoot pool, and participated in various billiard leagues.
The most important part of Arthur’s life was his love for his family. With his wife, they had two daughters, one son, seven grandchildren and one great-grand child. Arthur was always very proud of his children and was always a supportive father. As Grandpa, he loved to have fun and was always ready for a good game of “hide and go seek” with his grandkids. Arthur also loved to teach both his children and grandchildren his wonderful talents and trades for them to pass along to future generations.
Arthur was survived by his wife Sylvia, daughter Kimberly Shumway, her husband Matthew and their children, Stephen, Mary and Sarah of Anna, TX; son Kevin Ball of Plano, TX and his children, Brandon and Ashley of Allen, TX; and daughter Karla Naftel, her husband Michael and their children Katelyn and Isabella of McKinney, TX, great-grandson Emery Shumway of McKinney, TX brothers Jess Ball and his wife Jackie of Juno Beach, FL, Roland Ball Sr. and his wife Gayle of Frisco, TX, Jack Ball and his wife, Pattie of Mesquite, TX, Robert Ball and his wife Maria of Wylie, TX, sisters Charlotte Martin of Savannah, TX and Jayne Judy and her husband, Ed of Uniontown, Pa, his sisters by marriage and also in his heart, Jane Fisher of Middle River, MD, Toni Walker of Glendale, AZ and Debra Keep of Plano, TX, as well as his many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services to celebrate his life will be held at Grace Presbyterian Church 4300 W Park Blvd, Plano, TX at 11:00am Thursday February 20th. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made out to the Wounded Warriors Project.
Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
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