Jeb Lee “JB” Ball, 60, of Mt. Ulla, N.C., passed away Thursday, October 14, 2021, at Iredell Memorial Hospital. JB was born April 3, 1961, to the late Gurney Lee Ball and Lucy Neilson Ball.

JB was a graduate of Rowan County schools. He was employed as a Radiation Protection Tech. JB’s career in the commercial nuclear power industry allowed for him to make a living doing what he enjoyed, traveling, and meeting new people. JB was an animal lover and much like the people he met, never met an animal he wouldn’t feed. He was a funny man and loved making people laugh. He also had a passion for cooking and feeding everybody.

Although his career was a very important part of his life, it was only part of it. He was devoted to his fiancée of 29 years, Holly McKinney Tomlin, who survives. He is also survived by his daughter, Laura Atkinson (Frank) and sister, Mendee McCrary (Samuel). JB had a huge place in his heart for his nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly, Melissa “Wooley” Sorrells (Matt), Matthew Scarboro, Brandon Terry (Alaina), Chasitie “Chester” Terry and Jordyn Williams, as well as his great nieces and nephews, Drake, Kaitlyn, and Kiera “Tato” Sorrells and Camron, Kaydance, and Blaisleigh Terry. Lastly, he leaves behind his K-9 companions, Sherlock and Penny, and his ferrets, who he along with Holly fostered.

In addition to his parents, JB was preceded in death by a sister, Amy Scarboro, and a nephew, Gregory Lee Terry.

A service to celebrate the life of Jed Lee “JB” Ball will be conducted at 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 21, at West Corinth Baptist Church with Pastor Robert Suttles officiating. The family will visit with friends starting at 3 p.m. until the service time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Liver Foundation, P.O. Box 299, West Orange, NJ 07052 or to the Ferret Guardian Rescue Haven.

Nicholson Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the family of Jed Lee Ball.

2 thoughts on “Jeb Lee “JB” Ball

  1. Lynda McKinney says:

    Holly and family: We are so sorry to hear of Jed’s passing. Our sincere sympathy. May the Lord comfort you in this most difficult time. Love and prayers.

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