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09/08/19 - NNHS Newsletter - Bobby Ball

Robert Ernest Ball
(23 June 1944 - 12 Jan 2019)

Newport News High School Class of 1963

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Almost unbelievably, we have even more sad, if considerably belated, news today. Bobby Ball, Class of 1963, brother of Phyllis Ball Gautreaux, passed away in Chama, New Mexico on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at the age of 74. 

 From Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA - 09/08/19, 2:30 PM - " Bobby Ball":


Happy Sunday.

Follows is info on passing of 1963 classmate.

Robert E "Bobby" Ball...

Susie Jones
Class '63

   Oh, Susie, I am so sorry to hear this! Thank you so much for letting me know.

From the Rio Grande (NM) Sun - 08/30/19:

    Robert Ernest “Bob” Ball


    CHAMA, NEW MEXICO - Robert Ernest “Bob” Ball, a well-known outfitter, fisherman, jack-of-all-trades, and long-time resident of Chama, NM passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack on January 12, 2019. He was 74 years old.

Bob is survived by sister, Phyllis Ball Gautreaux and husband, Al; sons, Frank Loyd, James Edward Ball and Slade Bogle; and granddaughters, Ashley and Kelsey Cantu and Brianna Bogle.

He is preceded in death by his daughter, Catherine Michelle Ball Cantu and his parents, Robert Sylvester Ball and Helen Frances Malott. Bob was born in Cumberland, MD, on June 23, 1944.

His parents were life-long ministers with the Salvation Army, and Bob spent his childhood living in many places around the country. Other than Chama, he always said he felt most at home in Shawnee, OK.

Bobby Ball
  His parents were life-long ministers with the Salvation Army, and Bob spent his childhood living in many places around the country. Other than Chama, he always said he felt most at home in Shawnee, OK.

He graduated from high school in Newport News, VA, in 1963 and went on to college, majoring in music. He could play all brass instruments, specializing in the euphonium. After college, he joined the Air Force, serving four years at Kirtland Air Force Base, NM as an electrical technician.

During this time, he started guiding and began to develop a passion for New Mexico - a passion that he would pursue for the rest of his life. After his time in the Air Force, he stayed in Albuquerque, working for multiple companies and eventually working for Monroe Systems for Business. For recreation, Bob played softball for the Albuquerque Roadrunners. He was their starting catcher, playing for several seasons.

While working at Monroe, he met Shelia Ann Loyd. They married on February 1, 1980. Bob and Shelia remained in Albuquerque 8 years, but soon began spending weekends in Chama. They finally decided to leave city life behind and move to the mountains to pursue a dream of guiding and outfitting full time in 1988. Bob spent a few seasons working with other outfitters before eventually starting his own company, Chama River Outfitters. He and Shelia built CRO into a very successful outfitting operation and developed lasting friendships with many of their clients and guides.

Bob was a father, grandfather, and friend. He was an avid outdoorsman, as well as an accomplished hunter and guide. He had a passion for bass fishing, and in his later years, spent much of his time traveling the US fishing with friends.

He will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all who knew him.

Published in the Rio Grande Sun on August 30
, 2019.
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   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Bobby's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.

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  Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Abide With Me

Words by Henry F. Lyte, 1847
Music by William H. Monk, 1861

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day;
Earth's joys grow dim; its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see;
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.

Not a brief glance I beg, a passing word,
But as Thou dwell'st with Thy disciples, Lord,
Familiar, condescending, patient, free.
Come not to sojourn, but abide with me.

Come not in terrors, as the King of kings,
But kind and good, with healing in Thy wings;
Tears for all woes, a heart for every plea.
Come, Friend of sinners, thus abide with me.

Thou on my head in early youth didst smile,
And though rebellious and perverse meanwhile,
Thou hast not left me, oft as I left Thee.
On to the close, O Lord, abide with me.

I need Thy presence every passing hour.
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter's power?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.

I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death's sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
Heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

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