Varl L. Ball

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

God called Varl L. Ball, age 82, of Eagle Rock, Missouri, home to Heaven, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Varl passed away in his home.

He was born October 31, 1931, in Eagle Rock, the son of Ethel and Edith (Carter) Ball. He accepted Christ as Savior at the age of nine and was baptized in the membership of Roaring River Baptist Church in Eagle Rock, Missouri. His parents were very active in the work of the church and he was taught the importance of loyalty to the church and the Christian life.

Varl was drafted into the United States Marines and served from 1952 until 1954, in Barstow, California. This is where God opened his vision to the greater needs of the world. On June 27, 1954, he married Ilene Comstock in Barstow, California and then they came back to Eagle Rock, Missouri to farm. Ilene was a faithful companion, partner and a great singer. After a few years, they both felt God was calling them into the Gospel ministry and enrolled in Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar, Missouri in 1956. He then attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He went on to Golden Gate Baptist Seminary in California. Before Varl went to Golden Gate in California, his home church, Roaring River Baptist Church wanted to honor him by ordaining him. This was uncommon to do this before having a pastorate and it meant a lot to Varl and Ilene. He attended Sacramento State College to obtain a teaching certificate and taught at Valley View Elementary for three years, a small county school outside of Auburn, California.

Together he and Ilene were married 49 years and had four children, Tony, Carol, Artie and Kyle. Ilene went home to heaven on January 9, 2004. Varl stated that "I wanted my life to reflect God's love and grace and that the journey along life's ministry has been interesting, challenging and encouraging." He wanted his service to give glory to God and not to himself.

He was privileged to pastor the following churches, Rock Creek Baptist Church in Auburn, California, First Baptist Church in Carrizozo, New Mexico, First Baptist Church in Hermitage, Missouri, Roaring River Baptist Church in Eagle Rock, Missouri, (This was his home church where he attended growing up and he told the Lord that he would never pastor in his home church but he did.), Myrtle Avenue Baptist Church in Eureka, California, Olive Point in Urbana, Missouri, First Baptist Church in Crocker, Missouri, Rock Springs Baptist Church in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, where his grandpa Carter pastored and preached at the turn of the century, and was assistant Pastor at Roaring River Baptist Church in Eagle Rock, Missouri.

Surviving are his children, Tony Ball and his wife, Glenda of Wheaton, Missouri, Carol Harvick and her husband, Carlton of Crowley, Texas, Artie Pearson and her husband, Rick of Hermitage, Missouri and Kyle Altic and her husband, Andy of Brighton, Missouri; two sisters, Geneva Indermuehle of Holts Summits, Missouri, and Patsy Pettigrew and her husband George of Dixon Springs, Tennessee; one brother, Jim Ball and his wife Marge of Seneca, Missouri; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Preceding Varl in death was his father, Ethel Ball, mother, Edith Ball, sister Eldora Redenz and wife Ilene Comstock Ball.

He is honored and lovingly remembered by many friends and family.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Monday, June 9, 2014, in Roaring River Baptist Church, Eagle Rock, Missouri, under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville, Missouri. Burial with military honors will be in Munsey Cemetery, Eagle Rock, Missouri.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 p. Sunday in Roaring River Baptist Church, Eagle Rock.