Dora Tackett Ball
Dora was born September 1, 1928, in Clinchmore, Tennessee. On Monday, March 9, 2020, at 10:32 p.m. she left the tent for the palace: she moved from earth to Heaven, and now resides safe in the arms of Jesus.
Dora and her twin sister Flora were the fifth and sixth of 10 children born to Joe and Peggy Tackett. Dora’s family moved from Clinchmore to Careyville, Tennessee, and the family later moved to Whitesburg, Kentucky. All four of Dora’s brothers volunteered for the U.S. Navy during and after WWII. Due to Dora’s mother’s debilitating asthma, Dora filled much of the role of mother to her siblings; she raised and cared for all her younger siblings. She was forced to drop out of high school in December of her freshman year when her older sister Madella was murdered by a complete stranger, leaving two young children behind. Dora raised those two children for about three years.
While her family lived in Whitesburg, Dora met Charles Ball. On August 15, 1950, Dora and Charles were married in the state of Virginia. They established their home in Evarts, Kentucky. They were both heavily involved in First Baptist Church of Evarts.
Two of Dora’s sons, David and Larry, were born in Harlan, Kentucky, nine miles from Evarts (Harlan had the only hospital in the region). Evarts is deep in the Appalachian Mountains, where coal mining was the major industry. Neither Dora nor Charles wanted their boys to grow up working in the mines, so they determined to move. Dora often said it this way: “We want to get as far away from here as possible.” They vacationed through much of the west in 1959 to scout out the country, then moved to Caldwell in 1960. Note that Caldwell is about 2,300 miles from Evarts. Dora’s third son Jesse, was born in Caldwell. Dora was a 60-year resident of Caldwell and was heavily involved in the family business, Macks Fruit Stand. She helped lay the concrete block for the original building.
Dora enjoyed cooking for her family, and especially enjoyed making quilts. She was fond of saying she got nervous when her quilt inventory fell below a dozen finished quilts. She gave away many, many quilts to anyone she thought might need one.
Dora was preceded in death by her parents Joe and Peggy Tackett, her husband Charles Ball, and all of her siblings: Walker, Madella, Edd, Delise, Flora, Yvonne, Marshall, Hubert, and Esther.
Dora is survived by her three sons, David and wife Carol of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; Larry and wife Debra of Caldwell, Idaho; and Jesse and wife Debbie of Rochester, Minnesota. She is also survived by five grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to West Valley Baptist Church, 2513 Sundance Rd, Nampa, ID 83651.
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