McKinley "Mack" Ball Obituary
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McKinley "Mack" Rountree Ball Jr.

November 9, 1917 - July 15, 2011
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Mack R. Ball Jr, 93, passed away peacefully July 15th, 2011. Mack was born in Huntsville, Texas Nov 9th, 1917. He made deliveries on Saturdays for his father's store Ball Brother's Grocery. Mack earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1932. After attending Sam Houston State he transferred to the University of Texas where he graduated with a BBA in 1938. Mack retired from the US Navy as a LCDR after serving from 1941-1946, commanding the minesweeper USS YMS 426. He was proud to have served in the Pacific Theater and witnessed the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima, after participating in the invasion. He was Commander of the Task Fleet that swept...
Mack R. Ball Jr, 93, passed away peacefully July 15th, 2011. Mack was born in Huntsville, Texas Nov 9th, 1917. He made deliveries on Saturdays for his father's store Ball Brother's Grocery. Mack earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1932. After attending Sam Houston State he transferred to the University of Texas where he graduated with a BBA in 1938.
Mack retired from the US Navy as a LCDR after serving from 1941-1946, commanding the minesweeper USS YMS 426. He was proud to have served in the Pacific Theater and witnessed the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima, after participating in the invasion. He was Commander of the Task Fleet that swept Tokyo Bay, allowing the official surrender ceremony to take place aboard the USS Missouri.
After moving to Houston, Mack started a 40 year career in the insurance business, retiring as an executive for Principal Life. He spent his retirement in Canyon Lake, TX where he worked in real estate. He and his wife Kathryn were founding members of St. Francis by the Lake Episcopal Church, reflecting his life long service to the church . His favorite memories revolved around Huntsville, Ball family genealogy, Texas history, UT Longhorns, service in the US Navy, and his family. He was known for being a wonderful letter writer and faithfully kept in touch with so many before he "outlived his memory". His love for the Lord was evident in his life and we are assured of his being in the presence of the Lord.
He was preceded in death by his wife Kathryn Murray Ball, his daughter Georgia, and his parents McKinley Rountree Ball Sr. & Laura Campbell Ball. He is survived by his daughter Susan Ball Johnson and husband Gary of McKinney, TX; four granddaughters Vicki Keister and husband Alan of Amarillo, Sherry Kraft and husband Matt of Grand Prairie, Kimberly Ammerman of San Antonio, and Jennifer Massey and husband Mike of Katy; and 6 great grandchildren Abby, Claire, Emma, Sara, Preston and Luke.
Family Visitation will be from 1-3pm Sunday July 17th , Huntsville Funeral Home. A celebration of Mack's life will be held at 3: St. Stephens Church on Sunday at 3:30pm. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Stephens Episcopal Church of Huntsville or the Alzheimer's Association at act.alz.org/goto/mack.ball.

"I was always blessed to be around Mack. He always had a big smile and a story to tell. I will miss him. I enjoyed looking at the pictures. We were together..." Dawn Frye (Rowlett, TX)

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