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Gladys B. L. Ball

BALTIMORE, MD—Gladys Braxton Lee Ball, 99, died at Medstar Harbor Hospital Hospice on Tuesday, September 5, 2023, after a brief illness. 

Born in White Stone on August 25, 1924, she was the daughter of Oscar William Braxton and Gladys Lee Braxton. She graduated from A. T. Wright High School in 1941 and later completed Cortez W. Peters Business School in 1953. 

Gladys was predeceased by her husband, Clarence Reese Ball II. 

She is survived by her children, Althea Lee Franklin, Clarence Reese Ball III, Dwight Eric Ball and Deborah Ellen Ball Kinsey; brother, Oscar Hershall Braxton; and sister, Sheila Braxton Evelyn; grandchildren, Kyle Eric Kinsey and Brandon Michael Kinsey, and Heather Franklin Tolbert; and great-grandchildren, Sophia, Declan and Teigen Franklin Tolbert.

She worked at Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) for 37 years.

Gladys was a member of the Garrison Boulevard United Neighborhood Association where she served as president for 11 years. 

She was a member of Union Baptist Church. In 1982, she graduated from the Baltimore School of the Bible and taught bible classes throughout Baltimore. She served many years as president of the Union Baptist Church Deaconess Board and as the church’s financial secretary. She also served as vice president of the Viola Coleman Missionary Society. She was honored as Union Baptist Woman of the Year in 1984. She was a long-time member of the Helping Hand Circle.

Gladys also was active in the Baptist Congress of Christian Education where she served as a teacher as well as assistant dean and dean of curriculum. In February 2008, she was awarded the Miles Washington Conner Distinguished Service Award. On February 3, 2023, she was awarded a Certificate of Achievement and recognized as a Christian Leadership School Dean Emeritus by the United Baptist Missionary Convention of Maryland, Inc.

Gladys served as president of Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Lambda Chapter from 1965-1969, and was a member for over 60 years and awarded a lifetime membership. In 1998, she received the Valued Hours Award from the Fullwood Foundation.

In her 90s, she joined Bible Study Fellowship International where she participated in in-depth studies of God’s word.

Her Memorial service was held Friday, October 20, at Union Baptist Church in Baltimore, Md.

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