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Benny Wayne Ball
January 25, 1951 ~ January 18, 2024 (age 72) 72 Years Old
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Benny Wayne Ball, 72, of Cave Spring, Georgia, passed away on Thursday, January 18, 2024, surrounded by his loving family in Carrollton, Georgia, following a long battle with cancer. Benny was 72 years old.
Born in Rome, Georgia, at McCall Hospital on January 25, 1951, to the late Raymond Hill Ball and Sarah Edith Hodges Ball, Benny's life was a tapestry of vibrant experiences and enduring relationships. Raised in Kingston, Georgia, where he often said the newspaper was already yellow by the time it arrived at the house, he was the middle son between his brothers Robert Ball and James Ball. Benny's childhood was filled with simple pleasures and memorable adventures, including fishing escapades that were both thrilling and humorous. Benny and James would often fish together in a small boat until the M80 they had intended for the water landed in the boat!
High school was a busy time for Benny. He was a graduate of Model High School, which was then located in Shannon, Georgia. Benny was known for his lively spirit and a penchant for camaraderie. As he attended high school, the local law enforcement became quite familiar with Benny and his adventures in his GTO. During this time, he also worked at the local cotton mill. After graduation, he attended Coosa Valley Tech to study engineering. Benny's brain was constantly thinking of ways to improve something that already existed or create something new, whether it worked or not.
Benny's personal life blossomed when he met and married the late Gwenita Jo Keaton, with whom he had Bryan and Ashlie. He instilled in them a love for the outdoors, especially fishing, nurturing a bond centered around family and nature.
His early work at a cotton mill paralleled his studies at Coosa Valley Tech, where he honed his engineering skills, and prepared him for service in the United States Army. Serving as a Mechanic in the US Army Reserves during the Vietnam era, Benny completed his duty as an E5 in 1976. During this same time, he worked at Bekaert Steel and found his love of all things wire. He next worked for Southwire and later for Florida Wire and Cable. Benny then decided that wire wasn’t good enough and to go nuclear with Furmanite, where he became certified to inspect nuclear plants, which might explain the glow from his bedroom at night. He then went back to his wire addiction with Amercord and moved to Baxley, GA. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to design a wire drawing machine and start his own business. Benny spent years introducing his invention to factories across the globe.
Settling in Shellman’s Bluff, Georgia, Benny balanced his professional endeavors with a passion for fishing. His inventive nature continued with the patenting of “Poogie Beans”. Later, he moved to the family property the nicknamed “Grandma’s Bottoms” near Cave Springs, Georgia, where he excelled as a car salesman at several dealerships, captivating customers with his personality and storytelling.
Benny was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond Hill Ball and Sarah Edith Hodges Ball; his brother James Ball; and grandson, Damon Blinn. His memory will be lovingly carried on by his son, Bryan Ball (Jennifer), and his daughter, Ashlie Ball Blinn. His adoring grandchildren, Zach Ball (Daphne), Brianna Ball Nolen (Jake), and Gareth Blinn; his precious great-grandchildren, Mary-Katherine Nolen, Hadleigh Jo Ball, and Harper Ball; his devoted brother, Robert Ball (Cheryl); and his sister-in-law, Carol Ball, and numerous relatives and friends also hold his memory dear.
Benny loved life to the fullest and never complained about his cancer. He always kept a positive attitude about his condition. He was a loving son, brother, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and avid fisherman, talented musician, and passionate about cooking and gardening and always scheming of the next big adventure. We love you, Papa.
In remembrance of Benny’s life, the family asks that any charitable donations be made to Cancer Navigators. Contributions can be made at https://cancernavigatorsga.org/, or by calling (706) 509-5040.
A private Celebration of Life will be held by the family.