Keith Gene Ball

March 07, 1958 ‒ October 27, 2019

Delaware, Ohio

Keith Gene Ball, 61, of Delaware, Ohio, went to be with his Lord on Sunday, October 27, 2019, after becoming ill while in India.

He was born March 7, 1958, in Fairmont, West Virginia to Lester and Eleanor Ball. Keith attended Ohio Valley College and the East Tennessee School of Preaching and Missions. He was married to Brenda Lee Cole on June 29, 1979.

He preached his first sermon on June 29, 1978, going on to serve as a minister of the Lord for more than 40 years. While a young man, he preached at several small congregations in West Virginia and Tennessee. He was the full time, located minister at the Fairlea Church of Christ in Fairlea, West Virginia, from 1982-86, the Beallsville Church of Christ in Beallsville, Ohio, from 1986-1997, and the Delaware Church of Christ in Delaware, Ohio, from 1997 to his passing.

He always had a heart for missions, preaching and teaching the gospel in many trips to India since 1985. Keith was proud to serve all generations; from the youngest as Director of All Age Week at West Virginia Christian Youth Camp for 26 years; to the oldest, as a teacher at Willowbrook Christian Homes weekly. Keith previously served in Monroe County, Ohio, as the County Bee Inspector, as well as a volunteer EMT. A “collector of hobbies,” Keith was enthusiastic about them all: riding motorcycles, scuba diving, woodworking, glider flying, flying remote control airplanes, bee-keeping, and ultimately, being “Papaw.”

Keith is survived by his wife of 40 years, Brenda; two children, Rachel McPherson (Brent) and Joshua Ball (Morgan); his grandson Charlie Ball; his mother, Eleanor; siblings, Diana Freeland and Roger Ball; mother-in-law, Barbara Cole; sister-in-law, Cathy (Marvin) Henderson, and nephews Chad and Austin (Rachel) Henderson and Brian Freeland; one great-nephew, Atlee Henderson; as well as a large church family worldwide and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father Lester Ball, father-in-law Charles Cole, as well as his niece Autumn Henderson, and nephew Christopher Freeland.

Keith will always be remembered by friends and family in that that he loved the Lord and loved his family.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, November 7, 2019 from 4 – 8 pm at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive at W. William Street, Delaware, where funeral services will be held on Friday, November 8, 2019 at 11:00 am with Mark Bass, a minister and friend, officiating. Interment to follow in Oak Grove Cemetery.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center is honored to serve the Ball family.

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  • So sorry to hear of Keith passing away. When we moved back home to Monroe County in 1987 and found ourselves in Beallsville he was the first to come meet us and invite us to services. We attended Beallsville church of Christ until life changes had us on the move again. I remember his children when they were small and his wonderful wife Brenda. May God comfort you during this difficult time.

  • Not only have I lost a good friend, but he was a father at times and a son when I needed it .We built many an airplane together and he always would get them out of the trees
    when my flying control was not the best. You and Brenda could always straighten
    me out when I couldn’t understand my computer.
    Keith was my best friend, and always there when I needed him.

    I miss you Buddy.

  • So sorry to hear of Kieth passing. Our prayers are with you and the family during this difficult time.

  • There has never been a man who has touched my family – and countless others – the way Keith did. I will be forever grateful to him for being such a comfort to my parents through the loss of my brother, their only son. Through his kindness and wisdom he has helped my parents to start to emerge from their pain and live their lives in honor of their son, seeking the Lord every step of the way. Keith’s loving leadership of his church and his love of his Christian brothers and sisters has passed onto his congregation; every person who walks into DCC is greeted by smiles and hearty welcomes. I always loved hearing Keith preach – when I would attend with my parents I loved his greeting of, “Good morning, Church!”

    Brenda, Rachel, and Josh – my heart goes out to all of you in this impossibly painful time. Not only will God be with you as you grieve Keith’s loss, but your church family will love and support you, just as Keith has always loved and supported them.

    May God Bless you all.

  • Brother Keith Gene Ball was a wonder preacher effective teacher of the Bible ! He was a close friend of mine and Brother in Christ! He loved India and indian work.Helped to establish churches and was great help in providing tools to Indian preachers I have travelled with him to many distances in India he had a migraine I witnessed personally how painful he was but he never fosook coming to india.He had place in our hearts his loving and caring attitude was Christ like! I have been with him in the hospital for two days. Twinkling of an eyes he passed just 5 days he was in the hospital.I am shocked and numb to see his death! But as Brother Keith used say “God is Good” we rely on Him for His judgements are righteous! We are happy that he is with God in paradise!
    Prayers his family and the church there!
    D.Prakash and family

  • Keith was a fast and loyal friend. We met in 1977, before becoming students at Ohio Valley College. We shared many interests, including preaching. He never quit his vocation, while I took a different route. Whenever we had a chance to work together he always encouraged me and I was was always amazed at what he had become.
    As a director of All Age Week at WV Christian Youth Camp, he gave me opportunities to serve. He had often asked me to join him on his returns to India. This was the first year I could afford the time to go. His introduction was superb and we quickly advanced with his schedule. Just as quickly, fevers from mosquito borne Chikungunya virus took my friend from his work and family. We now share such a deep loss that is only buffered by the knowledge of the greatness of his faith and love in Christ and others. In all he suffered during his final week of life, he never betrayed his faith, and continued to show his love. I am thankful to have met this princely man, the King of Bidar Fort. I trust I will see him again and continue our friendship, through the goodness of Our God and His only Son, Jesus of Nazareth. I extend my love to his family. I wish I could have done more.

  • I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I knew Keith from Ohio Valley College. Lifting your family in prayer. Jan Stevenson-Reed

  • Keith G. Ball was a great servant of Christ, Christian man and great person. We enjoyed every opportunity to get together, discuss the word of God or a “hobby”. Keith was recruiting me to join him in scuba diving.

    I thank God that Keith was able to preach on our lectureship in October which allow many in the southwest part of the state to hear and meet him. Everyone who met Keith for the first time just loved him.

    He will be missed. Keith followed 1 Cor. 11:1 and may we do the same so that we might be able to be with him and the Lord in eternity.

    May God bless Brenda and the entire family.

    In Christian Love
    Richard Melson

  • Our hearts ache for the entire family of Keith Ball. He was such a kind and encouraging presence every time I saw him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this very difficult time of loss. This is not the end.

    In hope,

    David & Annette Kenney