BALL, Robert Hard­ing,

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - REMEMBERIN­G -

THURS­DAY, JUNE 11, 2020 age 76, died peace­fully at his home in Bru­ing­ton, Vir­ginia, on June 9, 2020. He was born April 22, 1944, the el­dest son of the late John Hard­ing Ball and Sarah Anne Griggs Ball. Known with great af­fec­tion as "Hardy" or "Turk," Hardy was pre­ceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Anne Lewis Ball; and his brother, Ed­win Gary Ball.

He leaves be­hind a lov­ing wife of five years, Hazel May­nard Ger­sh­man; his brother, John Page Ball; his son, Lewis Hard­ing Ball (Re­becca Kline); his step­daugh­ter, Sa­man­tha Jean Lan­dolt (Scott); and his three grand­sons, Field­ing Lewis Ball, Davis Kline Ball and John Hard­ing Ball.

Hardy re­ceived the D. McDonaugh award for Al­lAround Best Ath­lete at Christchur­ch School in Saluda, Vir­ginia, where he grad­u­ated as vice-pres­i­dent of his se­nior class. He at­tended the Univer­sity of Rich­mond on a base­ball schol­ar­ship be­fore en­list­ing in the United States Ma­rine Corps. Af­ter his hon­or­able dis­charge from the mil­i­tary, Hardy re­turned to King and Queen County to be­gin a ca­reer in forestry with Ch­e­sa­peake Cor­po­ra­tion. His ca­reer cul­mi­nated when he re­tired as Pres­i­dent of Ball Lum­ber Company, where he worked with his fa­ther, broth­ers and son.

In 1968, Hardy mar­ried Anne Rev­er­comb Lewis and to­gether they made a gracious home at Cloverly in Bru­ing­ton, Vir­ginia and raised their son, Lewis. Hardy was ded­i­cated to im­prov­ing his com­mu­nity as a mem­ber of Smyrna Chris­tian Church and Past Mas­ter of the Ar­ling­ton Lodge. He served on the boards of the Bank of

Es­sex, Aylett Coun­try Day School and Smyrna Chris­tian Church. An avid out­doors­man, Hardy could of­ten be found hunt­ing or fish­ing. He en­joyed the open wa­ter on his boats, "The Bay Lady" and later, "Hav’n-A-Ball."

Fu­neral ser­vices will be held out­doors at Smyrna Chris­tian Church, 3655 Pow­can Road, Bru­ing­ton, Vir­ginia, on Fri­day, June 12, at 11 a.m. Rev­erend Bill Ford and Rev­erend Richard Cline will of­fi­ci­ate. The fam­ily will re­ceive friends at 10 a.m. at the church, prior to the ser­vice.

In lieu of flow­ers, the fam­ily re­quests that do­na­tions be made to Walk­er­ton Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment, Christchur­ch School or Smyrna Chris­tian Church.

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