William Warren Ball

July 23, 1951March 10, 2019

William Warren Ball “Bill” age 67, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 10, 2019, after an unexpected medical illness. He was born in San Angelo, Texas, on July 23, 1951, to Jackson Ball and June Ferguson. Bill graduated in the class of 1969 from Choctawhatchee High School in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. After high school, he was drafted by the U.S. Army and was headed to Vietnam. Due to his performance in training, Bill ended up in the Army Security Agency in Berlin, Germany for 4 years. Upon honorable discharge, he applied to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and for 30 years and was an employee as an air traffic controller until his retirement in 2005. Bill loved to tinker and build and in his spare time after retirement he created and managed his own residential and commercial construction firm as a general contractor. He later worked for Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, SAIS and with Leidos as an Aeronautical Information Consultant. Bill is survived by the love of his life, Christine Dearing Keyser, his daughter Jennifer Ball Cassell (Jim), his son Charles Warren Lovett Ball (Erin), his daughter Hannah Green (Chris), his seven grandchildren, Owen, Emma, Warren, Noah, Caroline, Elizabeth and Crutch, his parents Jackson and June Ball, his brother John Ball (Susan) and his sister Kathleen Draughon (Rob). Bill was an avid outdoorsman and loved to fish and garden, especially with his family. True to his nature, he could whip up a gourmet meal from nothing in the kitchen and had the healing hands of the Reiki Master that he studied to be. To his grandchildren he was “Opa”, and to his kids he was the best dad ever and one that led by example. He will be greatly missed by all his friends and family but we know that this is not a goodbye, as his spirit, lessons of life and his laughter will forever be with us. Services will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2019 beginning at 3:00pm at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral located at 256 E. Church St. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to St. John’s Cathedral Refugee Re-settlement in Bills’ name as he loved to help people in need.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, March 14, 2019

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Doug Pearson

March 14, 2019

It is with great sadness that we remember a man that was a true professional. Our relationship was exactly that, and a pleasure at any moment in time. Our sincere condolences to the family and we'll recall him fondly as we reflect upon a career that was indeed during a golden era of ATC. Ann and Doug Pearson

Don and Dawn Ellis

March 14, 2019

It is with deep sadness and heartfelt remorse that we offer our sincere condolences to Bill’s family and many friends. Though I haven’t seen him in a while , Bill’s friendly nature and warm smile are fresh in my memory and that is how I shall remember him. May God watch over this family in their time of need.

Stephen Willett

March 14, 2019

So sorry to learn of Bill's passing, I had the highest regard for him. May God bless Bill and all who loved him.

Marshall Scott

March 14, 2019

Bill was a great person, and he always had a smile on his face. I worked with Bill only a few years, he was a good friend and someone you could always count on for help. We will miss him and will be praying for Bill and his family.

Laurie Wray

March 13, 2019

Chris, Charlie, Hannah and Jennifer,
We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that each of you is in our thoughts and prayers. Love, The Wray Family