Odell Ball

January 07, 1937 ‒ September 08, 2021

Centerburg, Ohio
Formerly of Salyersville, Kentucky

Odell Ball age 84 of Centerburg went home to be with the Lord on September 08,2021 where he was reunited with his loving wife, Pauline of 60 years who proceeded him in death on October 31,2014. Also, a son David and a grandson David Allen, a special niece Phyllis Cook who was “daddy’s little girl”, a truly loving sister Etta Salyers who he made beans and cornbread for a few days before her passing, and many other siblings. Odell was a devoted husband, father and grandpa who truly loved all of his family.

He is survived by 11 children Dan (Mariann) of Reynoldsburg, Dallas (Leslie) of Centerburg, Brenda (Robert) Walton of St. Louisville, Jon of Westerville, Joan (Dennis) McFarland of Fallsburg, Robert (Nicole) of Mount Gilead, Joey of Groveport, Austin of Marion, Kevin, Kurt and Bethany all of the home.  Odell also had compassion for children who had no families or homes. That was his mission in life to help little ones who had nobody to care for them. Odell and Pauline had over 120 foster children and they adopted eight of them. He had eighteen grandchildren, many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and two special nieces Rita and Rhonda who he called his angels that called him every Sunday for a little update on their lives, prayer, music but most important loving memories. He is survived by three siblings, Johnny of California, Dean (Penny) of Newark and Carol Sue (Chuck) McClary of Florida.

Odell worked in the construction field all of his life and he was a member of the operating engineers. He was one of the best grader men around and he finished his career with Trucco Construction where he still considers Mark Trucco one of his best friends. Odell was such a strong and faithful believer and a prayer warrior. He will be missed by everyone who loved him.

The family will receive visitors from 4:00pm to 7:30pm on Monday, September 13, 2021 at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home in Sunbury. A funeral service in Odell’s name will be held at 12:30pm on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 with Pastor Michael Simon officiating. Burial will then follow at Green Hill Cemetery in Johnstown, Ohio.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home in Sunbury is honored to serve the Ball family. Please share a message or memory with the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

Don’t mourn for me because I am now home. To stand with the Lord and sit by his throne.  Where I have been reunited with the love of my life, my beautiful, faithful and devoted wife. Although my time on earth may be through you are still here and you all have work to do. I have made it, but I need to leave this message for you. When your work here is finished and your journey has begun. You will long to hear as do I, well done my good and faithful son.


  • What an amazing testimony ! How lucky you all were to be loved by him. So very sorry for your loss , Grace to all as he will surely be missed.
    Deepest Sympathy
    Shawn & Jennifer (Conde) Mattox and Family

  • My heart aches for you all. Loosing mom was hard enough but now dad. They have always felt like family. If I ever need prayers for anything they lifted them up and me.
    Don’t know what would have happened to all the children they took into their home.But I do know that they were safe ,loved , fed and prayed over.
    God Bless your family’s
    Sue and Keith

  • My grandfather was one of the most generous spirits. His life and testimony will always harken into God. I was lucky to have a grandfather and spiritual warrior in my corner with him. Until home keep the faith…..

  • Robert, Nicole, and family.

    Sorry for your loss. May God be with you and your family during your time of sorrow. May Odell rest in peace in heaven.

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