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In Memory of James J. Metcalf

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Another one of our precious cousins has gone home to the Lord.  He will be dearly missed here by all of his family.  May he rest in peace.

James Junior Metcalf

James Junior Metcalf

In the early morning of Friday, January 18, 2013 James Junior Metcalf slipped gently from this earthy life at the Grace Home in Shreveport, La. with his daughter by his side to go to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He anticipated joining loved ones who had preceded him there – especially the love of his life, Mittie Marie Grigson Metcalf, for whom he cared through 13 years of illness…living out their marriage vows: “in sickness or in health…”.

A memorial service honoring Mr. Metcalf’s 91 years of life will be celebrated on Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. at Centuries Memorial Funeral Home Chapel at 8801 Mansfield Road, Shreveport, Louisiana. The Associate/Senior pastor of Brookwood Baptist Church, Rev. John Harp, will minister. Visitation will be prior to that service from 3:00 p.m. until service time. The Burial will take place on Monday, January 21 at 11:00 a.m. at the Sylverino Church Cemetery in Texarkana, Arkansas.

James Metcalf was born in Ashdown, Arkansas on July 14,1921 and reared there by his parents, James Henry Metcalf and Rose Ella Brown Metcalf, where he played football in high school. James was retired from the United States Navy, a veteran of World War II and a Pearl Harbor survivor. “With the exception of the Suez Canal, I traveled around the world,” he said, his ship having docked on both sides of that canal. After his Navy career ended in 1961, James went to work for Day and Zimmerman in Texarkana, Texas as a millwright from where he retired a second time.

He was for many years an active member of Cornerstone Baptist Church (formerly Calvary Baptist) in Texarkana, Arkansas, prior to his move to Shreveport, Louisiana in 2004 to be near his daughter and her family. He then joined Brookwood Baptist Church where he was a member of the Andrew Sunday School Class.

Besides his parents and his wife of 54 years, Mr. Metcalf was predeceased by an infant daughter, Mittie Ann Metcalf, and his only son, James David Metcalf. Three brothers, Henry, Arry and Cecil Metcalf and two sisters, Irene Ash Waggoner and Florence Metcalf also predeceased him. He is survived by his daughter, Marilyn Huber and her husband, Brian. Three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, precious to his heart, survive to cherish his memory and to tell his stories: Jonathan Huber and his wife, Staci, and their children, Haley, David and Paul Huber, of Arkadelphia, Arkansas; James Huber of Houston, Texas; and Emily Marie Huber Seale and husband, Matthew, and their daughter, Ella Claire Seale, (and a baby daughter due in the spring), of Bossier City, Louisiana. His dearly beloved sister, Jeraldine Metcalf Fuller, a sister-in-law, Edith Grigson, a brother-in-law, Brosie Grigson, in addition to numerous dear nieces and nephews, survive as well.

The family wishes to express heartfelt thanks to the following: Carol Bullock, Martha Cook, and Loraine Lee of Brookwood’s homebound ministry, who visited our daddy faithfully during his Shreveport years; The Glen Retirement Center staff and the Northwest Louisiana Veterans Home staff, who cared lovingly for him while he lived with them; and the staff of the Grace Home who have made these last days easier for daddy and for our family. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of his Sunday School Class, Asa Curtis’ Andrew Class. Psalms 116:15 “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.”

 Visitation
Sunday, January 20, 2013 | 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Centuries Memorial Funeral Home
8801 Mansfield Road, Shreveport, LA  71108 | (318) 686-4334
Funeral Service
Sunday, January 20, 2013 | 4:30pm
Centuries Memorial Funeral Home
8801 Mansfield Road, Shreveport, LA  71108 | (318) 686-4334
Graveside Service
Monday, January 21, 2013 | 11:00am
Sylverino Cemetery
Hwy 71, Texarkana, TX

You can view a wonderful video that the family put together here.

Our prayers are with you and your family Marilyn as you get through this difficult time.  God Bless.

 

Workday Wednesday – Bye Ball, Bowie Co., Texas Tax Collector

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Bye Ball at work, Bowie Co., Texas

Bye Ball at work. Bowie Co., Texas Courthouse. Date unknown. Digital Image, 2013 by Susie Reynolds. Original held by Karen Ball Cowan of Texarkana, Texas.

Sam H. Ball, Sr., or Bye Ball as he was known to everyone, was my great-grandfather.  He can be seen standing in the doorway of a vault.  Blowing the picture up, I could see old courthouse books stacked in a shelf behind him.

My mother remembered going to visit him in New Boston, Texas and that he worked at the courthouse.  She couldn’t remember what he did for a living, but she thought he might have been a Sheriff at one time.  His death certificate told me he was a retired Tax Collector.  I’ll have to do some research into this.

I am assuming this is in the old courthouse, because I have been in the new one and where they have those books now, looks nothing like this room.

I also have no clue who the other gentlemen are in the picture.  If any of you recognize anyone, please let me know the names so I can add their names to this post.

Susie

Military Monday – Capt. Sam H. Ball, Jr. – My Uncle Son

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Today I would like to honor the memory of my great-uncle Sam H. Ball, Jr.  I’ve posted about my Uncle Son’s heroic time in WWII before and if you missed it click here to read more about him.

I was very privileged recently to visit with my cousin Karen Ball Cowan, Sam’s daughter and she graciously shared these photos with me and gave me permission to post them here.

Capt. Sam H. Ball enlisted in the Army on 31 May 1940.  He served until 5 Jan 1946 in Company “A” 146 th Engineer Combat Battalion when he was Honorably Discharged.  He remained in the inactive reserve until 16 Aug 1953.  He was also a member of the draft board.

After the war, Sam was a salesman for KTFS Radio Station in Texarkana for 35 years.

Please enjoy the pictures.

Capt. Sam H. Ball, Jr. Capt. Sam H. Ball, Jr.Officers from Company “A” 146th Engineers:

Officers of Company A 146th Engineers

Here is the back of this photo:

Officers of Company A 146th Engineers

The gentlemen in this photo are not identified, but I recognize Sam standing in the middle.

146th Engineer Combat Battalion Capt. Sam H. Ball, Jr.

These are some postcards that he had:

Engineer Replacement Training Center, Ft. Belvoir, VA

Company Barracks, Ft. Belvoir, VA

Engineers constructing a heavy bridge, Ft. Belvoir, VA

Here is a picture of them constructing a bridge, I have no idea where this is.

Constructing a bridge 146th Engineer Combat Battalion WWII

Mess tent the 146th Engineer Combat Battalion WWII

Mess tent the 146th Engineer Combat Battalion WWII

Taking a rest - the146th Engineer Combat Battalion WWII

Taking a rest – the 146th Engineer Combat Battalion WWII

the 146th Engineer Combat Battalion WWII

the 146th Engineer Combat Battalion WWII

WWII Capt. Sam H. Ball, Jr. others unknown

WWII Capt. Sam H. Ball, Jr. in the middle,  others unknown

In a bunker maybe?  - the 146th Engineer Combat Battalion WWII

In a bunker maybe? – the 146th Engineer Combat Battalion WWII

In a bunker maybe?  - the 146th Engineer Combat Battalion WWII

In a bunker maybe? – the 146th Engineer Combat Battalion WWII

Sparing - the 146th Engineer Combat Battalion WWII

Sparing – the 146th Engineer Combat Battalion WWII

Marching - the 146th Engineer Combat Battalion WWII

Marching – the 146th Engineer Combat Battalion WWII

Tents of the 146th Engineer Combat Battalion WWII

Tents of the 146th Engineer Combat Battalion WWII

Russian Lt. and Capt. Sam H. Ball, Jr. with pistols WWII

Russian Lt. and Capt. Sam H. Ball, Jr. with pistols WWII

Destruction. Vossenack, Germany.

Destruction in Vossenack,  Germany

Destruction in Vossenack, Germany

Destruction in Vossenack,  Germany

Destruction in Vossenack, Germany

Destruction in Vossenack,  Germany

Destruction in Vossenack, Germany

Wow! Is all I can say about these maps.

A Pictorial Map History of the 146 Engrs from June 6, 1944 to May 8, 1945

A Pictorial Map History of the 146 Engrs from June 6, 1944 to May 8, 1945

A Pictorial Map History of the 146 Engrs from June 6, 1944 to May 8, 1945

A Pictorial Map History of the 146 Engrs from June 6, 1944 to May 8, 1945

A Pictorial Map History of the 146 Engrs from June 6, 1944 to May 8, 1945

A Pictorial Map History of the 146 Engrs from June 6, 1944 to May 8, 1945

Liberation!! These are some postcards that he had:

Liberation WWII

Liberation WWII

Liberation WWII

Liberation WWII

Liberation WWII

Liberation WWII

Liberation WWII

Liberation WWII

Liberation WWII

Liberation WWII

Liberation WWII

Liberation WWII

Liberation WWII

Liberation WWII

More recognition for a job well done:

Maj Willard B Baker and Capt Sam H Ball Jr news article

Maj Willard B Baker and Capt Sam H Ball Jr news article

Maj Willard B Baker and Capt Sam H Ball Jr

Maj Willard B Baker and Capt Sam H Ball Jr

Reunions:

Normandy Reunion

Normandy Reunion

Omaha Reunion Lubbock Texas 1984 40th anniversary

Omaha Reunion Lubbock Texas 1984 40th anniversary

Omaha Reunion Lubbock Texas 1984

Omaha Reunion Lubbock Texas 1984

Omaha Beach Reunion article

Omaha Beach Reunion article

Remembering the War:

Remembering the War Sam Ball Jr

Remembering the War Sam Ball Jr

Sam Ball Jr Remembers Omaha Beach article 1988

Sam Ball Jr Remembers Omaha Beach article 1988

It’s overwhelming and humbling to look through his collections of photos from this time in his life and realize the magnitude of what he went through, and to know what a good man he was after the war.

If he ever had any problems that bothered him from his time in the war, I never heard him complain and neither did my grandmother, Mary Parks, his sister.  That’s just the kind of guy he was and I am so proud to have known him, if only I could have heard some of the stories!

Susie

Wordless Wednesday – Pictures from my Cousin Karen Ball Cowan

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Last week I went to Texarkana and spent some time with Karen Ball Cowan, my mother’s first cousin.  This was very exciting to me because there just aren’t many people on my mother’s side that I can sit and talk about her side of the family with.

Karen’s father, Sam Ball (whom I called Uncle Son) and my grandmother Mary Parks, (whom I called Poo) were brother and sister.

My grandmother Poo moved in with us when I was just 7 years old and lived there with us for the rest of the time.  She died in 2007 and she is very special to me, so to be able to sit and talk with someone else that knew her was such a joy.

Karen brought out all of the pictures that she had from her mother and father and she was kind enough to let me bring them home so I could scan all of them.

Today I am going to share some of the great pictures that she had of some of my ancestors and family members and tomorrow or the next day, I will share with you some great pictures that she had of my Uncle Son from his time during WWII.

I can’t go wordless, I mean who can?  I’ve already blown that with all the above so I’ll try list just a few words to go along with these pictures.

This first picture is my great grand Aunt Smithia Smelser Anderson Norman, my 3rd great-grandfather Judge Alfred Gatewood Hoskins, and my great-grandmother Henri Wever “Wevie” Anderson Ball.

Smithie Anderson, Judge Hoskins, Wevie Anderson

These girls are the great-grandchildren of Judge Hoskins, #1 is Anna Wever Lanier, #2 is Eddie Eubank Burnett Chance , #3 is Wevie Anderson Ball, #4 is Smithia Anderson Norman, #5 is Lela Wever Sutton.

1 Anna Wever Lanier 2 Eddie Eubank 3 Wevie Anderson Ball 4 Smithia Anderson Norman 5 Lela Wever Sutton

This is my great grandmother Wevie Anderson Ball with her father, my 3rd great-grandfather John E. Anderson.

Wevie Anderson and JE Anderson

The back of this picture said Daisy and Wevie, so I’m guessing that this is Daisy Missildine with Wevie Anderson Ball.  I love their hats!

Daisy Missildine and Wevie Anderson Ball

I love this picture, it’s so romantic.  Bye and Wevie Ball, my great grandparents going for a boat ride.

Bye and Wevie Ball

Here they are on another boat, I wonder what they were reading?

Wevie and Bye Ball

Talk about peer pressure!!  Here is Wevie pouring some drink down a poor girl.  Bye is right next to her helping and I don’t know who the other people are in the picture.

Wevie Ball holding bottle Bye Ball next to her rest unknownI just love the old bathing suits!  I guess they were playing chicken?  I wonder who won!  Bye and Wevie are on the left and I don’t know the other couple and how about the lady in the back ground out in the water.  I love this picture.

Bye and Wevie Ball on left other couple unknown

This is my great grandfather, Sam H. Ball, Sr.  aka Bye Ball.

Bye Ball

Here is really good picture of Bye and Wevie Ball.  I wish I knew when it was taken, they look a little older in this picture.

354 - Bye and Wevie Ball

I like this picture of Bye Ball and Ann Waggoner Burch his granddaughter, because of all the pictures I have seen of Bye Ball, this is the only one of him actually smiling!  He must have been really happy for Ann.

Ann Waggoner Burch and Bye Ball

This is one of my favorite pictures that Karen had, it’s my Uncle Son all gangster.

Sam Ball Jr

I loved all the wedding pictures she had of Uncle Son and Aunt Melba, (Sam Ball Jr and Melba Reynolds Ball), but these are two of my favorites.

Sam Ball Jr and Melba Reynolds Ball Wedding Picture

Melba and Sam Ball Jr

What a handsome couple!

Karen had several clippings announcing their wedding and in the clipping was a beautiful picture of Melba and Karen also had the original picture so here it is:

Melba Reynolds Ball

This family picture of the Ball family was my favorite.  I can’t help but think Sammy looks like Brendan Fraser did in that movie “Blast From The Past”.  Is it just me or do you think so too?

Uncle Son Sam Ball Jr Aunt Melba Ball Karen Ball Cowan and Sammy Ball III

And lastly, for this post anyway because I have a lot more favorites, is a picture of Sammy and Karen.  I just love this picture.

Sammy and Karen Ball

Thank you Karen for sharing all these photos with me!

Susie

Just an Old Dress…

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I hope you have all had a wonderful New Years and that your Christmas was merry and bright.  Mine sure was.

I would love to post pictures, but guess what?

I did not take a single picture of our big family gathering.

I know, right?  Completely an epic fail!!

After everyone left and I realized we didn’t take our usual pictures, I was devastated.  How could I, the family genealogy freak, forget to take pictures?  Well, for once I just enjoyed myself and didn’t worry about the stuff I was supposed to do, I just did what I wanted to.  It was great in a way, on the other hand, I sure wish I had some pictures from the night.

Other than that it was a lovely time and now since I have delivered my last gift, I would like to share with you what I made for my siblings and some cousins.

A while back while I was in Texarkana, my cousin Nedra gave each cousin at a cousin’s party a dress that had belonged to my great-grandmother, Mollie Davis Harris.  Which meant she gave my Dad the dress and then I talked him into giving it to me.  Thanks Dad!

Then on another trip, she had found an old suitcase of my grandfather’s and inside was my grandmother’s square dancing dress.  She gave it to me.

When my Aunt Jane passed away I asked my Uncle Charlie to save me one of her shirts and he did, so I got her shirt.

Then on yet another trip, Nedra found another box of Mollie’s dresses while cleaning and she graciously gave me them to me.

I had great plans to make a quilt but the fabrics were so old and stained, I mean my great-grandmother Mollie, she worked in these dresses, so I had to come up with something different.

I took all the dresses to my mother-in-laws house and we had great fun putting them on a form and I took a picture of each dress.  I wanted a good picture before I cut them up.

Here are the dresses and shirts:

My Ancestors Dresses

Then I saw an idea on Pinterest where a girl had made a flower on canvas out of scrapbook paper.  I decided to do this with the fabric from the dresses.

For four weeks I would get the dresses ready to cut, and I just couldn’t do it.

Finally, the weekend before Christmas I decided I had better suck it up and get busy or these gifts would not get done.  Cutting those dresses was one of the hardest things I have ever done and I don’t even know why.

Then I spent two complete days and nights sitting at the kitchen counter cutting and pasting these flowers together.

Making the Flower

This my friends is the finished product of my Ancestor’s clothing.  These will always be near and dear to my heart!

All the Canvas'

I had originally wanted to make the ones that I made for my brothers a fish, but I thought that ended up looking too childish, so my son Michael ended up with that, he loves it, and it is proudly hung in his bedroom.  Everyone just ended up with a flower, boy or girl.

Here is a close up of the fish.

The Fish

And here is a close up of one of the flowers.

Dress Flower

I fully intend to make more for some of my other cousins, I still have plenty of material left.

So, when you look at your ancestors old clothing and think there is nothing else to be done with them, think again people!!!

These flowers will go a long way and now all of us can share in the dresses.

Booyah!

Susie

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