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Reverand Henry G. Ball
29 October 1887 - 10 October 1971

Minnie Greer Ball
10 March 1887 - 23 January 1971

Minnie Greer Ball
d/o George T. Greer & Matilda Guess




Henry was born near Roswell, Georgia, the youngest of the Ball's 12 children and the son of Peter M. and Nancy Brightwell Ball. The family moved to Texas from Georgia in 1896 and located near Gainesville, Cooke Co. Texas......He was a long time resident of Tioga, Texas ... Henry married Miss Minnie Greer near Tioga, Texas on 2 December 1914 .... He joined the church in April of 1904 and became ordained as a Baptist minister in 1912, and served churches in Bonham, Tioga, Fort Worth and Durant, Okla ... His first church to pastor was the Harmony Church near Bonham, Texas in 1910 .... Elder H.G.Ball, 83, of Tioga who baptized the late Senator, Sam Rayburn of Bonham on Sept 2, 1956, and preached his funeral Nov 18, 1961, with 5 past, present and future Presidents in attendance. (Past Presidents were Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower, present President John F. Kennedy and future Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon.) ... Elder Ball died Sunday in Sherman ... Funeral services will be held in the Primitive Baptist Church in Tioga. Burial will be in Tioga Cemetery .... He owned and operated his own insurance agency and grocery store in Tioga for 45 years. He was a former member of the Grayson County School Board and the Grayson County Draft Board and in the 1940's served as mayor of Tioga for several years..

Credits to: "Dallas Morning News" for some information written in obituary on 12 Oct 1971 and "The Baptist Trumpet" written on Oct 1970, for the biography and picture on Elder H. G. and Minnie Ball.


Dallas Morning News
12 Oct 1971
Rev. Ball, 83, Died in Sherman

Tioga, Texas - Elder H.G. Ball, 83, of Tioga who baptised the late Sam Rayburn of Bonham, Sept 2, 1956, and preached his funeral Nov 18, 1961, died Sunday in Sherman.
Funeral services will be at 2:30 pm Tuesday in Primitive Baptist Church in Tioga.
Burial will be in Tioga Cemetery.
The Rev. Mr. Ball was born in Georgia and came to Tioga as a young man. He was baptised in 1904, ordained as a Baptist minister in 1912, and served churches in Bonham, Tioga, Fort Worth and Durant, Okla.
He owned and operated his own insurance agency and grocery store in Tioga for 45 years. He was a former member of the Grayson County School Board and the Grayson County Draft Board and in the 1940's served as mayor of Tioga.



NOTE: Bro. Ball's Grocery Store allowed many farmers credit from one crop season until the next. He was the speaker for most of the school functions and also was the pastor that was called on almost anytime there was a death in the community. Very well thought of and missed by everyone.

Information & Photograph provided by:
Barbara Linter

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