Funeral arrangements announced for Don Ball, founder of Ball Homes

Don and Mira Ball, co-founders of Lexington-based Ball Homes, LLC. Don Ball died 3-23-18

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – We now know details regarding visitation and funeral services for Don Ball, founder of Ball Homes.

Lexington lost a giant in the business world and a leader in the community with the passing of Ball on Friday.

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Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin said on Twitter, “Kentucky has lost a business titan, successful innovator and generous supporter of the downtrodden, especially those looking for a second chance in life.  Don Ball will be missed by many.”

The husband and wife team of Don and Mira Ball co-founded Lexington-based Ball Homes, LLC in 1959, developing their business into one of the top 100 builders of single-family homes in the nation.

Don Ball was an organizer and later board chair of the Hope Center, where he helped develop programs and services addressing the underlying causes of homelessness.

He also served as co-chair of the Recovery Kentucky Task Force, a program that helps Kentuckians recover from chronic substance abuse.

Don Ball was honored many times on the national, state and local levels, including the Hearthstone Builder Humanitarian Award for making his community a better place to work and live; the Sullivan Medallion from the University of Kentucky; and co-recipient with Mira of both the Happy Chandler Kentuckian Award and the William T. Young Lifetime Achievement Award.

1n 2012, Don and Mira were inducted into the Home Builders Association of Lexington’s (now the BIA) Hall of Fame, recognizing nearly 60 years of good business practices and philanthropy.

Visitation for Ball will be on Tuesday, March 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m, with the funeral service following at 2 p.m. Both the visitation and funeral will be at Calvary Baptist Church at 150 East High Street in Lexington.

The family suggests that donations in Ball’s memory should be sent to the Hope Center.


*Note:  The photo that accompanies this story featured Mira and Don Ball