Damon Ball

13 avril 193126 octobre 2020

Damon Ball of San Antonio entered that long good night on October 26, 2020. He called himself a “Country Boy” because he was born on a farm in Amite County, Mississippi, on April 13, 1931.

When he was five, his family moved to nearby McComb where he grew up. When he was ten, his father, John Cecil Ball, suddenly died, leaving his mother, Jessie Annis (Pearson) to raise him and his two brothers, Noel and Guy.

Damon graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi where he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega, Omicron Delta Kappa and Delta Sigma Pi. In 1954, he went to work for Crawford & Co., an independent insurance adjusting firm. In 1958, he came to San Antonio to work for United Services Automobile Association as a home office claims examiner and enrolled in the night law school of St. Mary’s University. Being consistently on the Dean’s List earned him the Wall Street Journal Student Achievement award on graduation with the class of 1963.

At a Valentine’s Day party in 1959, Damon met his eternal love, Sally Arnold. They were engaged on June 6 (“D-Day”) and married in August of the same year. Their first child, Michael Damon, was born with a severe birth defect, Spine Bifida, and passed away at sixteen months. They were later blessed with the births of Melanie Ann and Kelli Beth.

Damon began his law practice in January, 1963, with the San Antonio firm of Groce & Hebdon, later Groce, Locke and Hebdon. In 1991, he and nine other partners left that firm and formed Ball & Weed, P.C. from which he retired in 1996.

Damon specialized in the trial of civil suits and tried cases in state and federal courts all over Texas. His courtroom skills caused him to become a legend among trial lawyers.

He was a member of the San Antonio Bar Association, the Texas Association of Defense Counsel, and the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel and a Fellow in the San Antonio and Texas Bar Foundations.

A longtime member of Sunset Ridge Church of Christ, Damon served there as a Deacon and co-founder of the church's charitable foundation. He also had a long association with Medina Children's Home, serving on its public relations board and as legal counsel pro bono.

Having lost the sight in one of his eyes in a childhood accident, he was disqualified for military service, but he supported our military in every way he could. He was an avid reader and history buff.

Damon was preceded in death by his parents, infant son and both brothers. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, “SallyB,” daughter, Melanie, and husband, Duane Devereaux of Austin, daughter, Kelli, and husband, Nick Grant of San Antonio; grandchildren Emily Joy and Jessie Grace Devereaux, Morgan Ryan, Pearson Guy and Samuel Damon Grant and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A virtual memorial service will be held on Monday, November 2 at 3:00 pm and may be watched on Sunset Funeral Home's Facebook page by “Liking” the page. It will also be linked at www.sunsetfuneralhomesa.com on Mr. Ball's Obituary page at 3:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions to Medina Children’s Home, 21300 Hwy. 16 N, Medina, TX 78055-3808, Sunset Ridge Church of Christ, or a Shriner’s Hospital for Children.

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Ricardo Cedillo

2 novembre , 2020

A very nice eulogy.

Let me add that Damon was a man of integrity and honor.

A man who judged people on the basis of character, intellect, merit, and work ethic.

A man from the Deep South that saw the injustice of judging people by skin color or ethnicity, because he understood and saw first hand the destruction that visits upon the perpetrators as much as the victims.

A first class lawyer that trained many of us first and foremost by example, as well as with his caring and generosity.

A bibliophile that always asked me what I was reading every time he saw me.

A man who loved his family and took joy in keeping up with the growth and accomplishments of our own children, reinforcing in us his belief that family must always come first, career second.

I will be forever grateful that God put Damon on a path that crossed with mine.

Janet and Dick Ihfe

2 novembre , 2020

Beautiful service and celebration for Damon. One of my memories is watching you and Damon on the dance floor . You were fabulous dancers and often one of the last to leave the floor. I think you danced to the end and I guess that is the way Damon and you live—so full and engaged in the lives of your family and friends to the end. We love you and appreciate your example of abundant living!

Dick & Linda Morgan

2 novembre , 2020

Sally, our condolences go out to you, Melanie, Kelli and families. We know you will miss Damon so much but we also know how hard it was to see him suffer. He no longer suffers and is smiling down on us now!
To me, Damon was like E. F. Hutton, when he spoke everyone listened!
Dick & Linda Morgan

Bruce Rogers,Jr.

2 novembre , 2020

Damon has been in my life since I was a young boy...I am about to be 71....I have never met a kinder man...He created a wonderful family with my Aunt Sally...they were a perfect match...thus the reason they were together so long...He was completely all about his family..& should be much admired in this day & time...Deb & I want you all to know our deepest condolences ...he was a wonderful man & will be missed ...We Love You Guys

Peggy Riley

1 novembre , 2020

RIP Damon Ball!

You were loved, respected and admired! I will forever treasure many fond memories with you and your beautiful family.

Ronald Whitehead

1 novembre , 2020

I am saddened by your loss and pray for your comfort during this sad time.

Marion Whitehead

1 novembre , 2020

The best to you and your family. I know Patsy is thinking of you.

Joan Graves Morris

1 novembre , 2020

Condolences to the Ball Family. Remember them well from Sunset Ridge.

Fred Bergman

31 octobre , 2020

Sally and family, we are so terribly sorry for your loss of this wonderful man.

Few things exceeded the size of Damon’s intellect. Three of them were his love and pride for his family, his thoughtful kindness for others, and his generosity for mother’s and children who found themselves in need of help.

We will miss this giant of a man.

Fred and Sharon Bergman

Kathleen Weed

30 octobre , 2020

I remember two Damons...
First, the Damon who guided my daughter, Erin, through the hoops of a car accident while she was away in college, and Ray and I were not available to help...Damon stepped in and took the reigns. I will always be grateful for his guidance and concern.

The other Damon was the one who was the straight shooter... he once told me, in a very nice way, that I shouldn't wear the color yellow, it wasn't at all flattering to me! I've never worn it again!

Thank you, Damon, for being you, you were one of a kind and I'll miss you greatly.

With love and great sorrow,
Kathleen Weed