Edward Robbins Ball, Jr., of Charleston, left many things on Thursday, April 28, 2011. He left a family who adored him, friends who will miss his jocular wit, coworkers who loved him, and many people who only remained strangers for the briefest of seconds. But that’s not all he left. He also left an indelible legacy of self-sacrificing love, of caring and going the extra mile and giving the shirt off his back, a love expressed in food shared, in showing and teaching, in being there to lend a hand, an ear, or some barbecue. His was a love not just in word but in deed. He loved the water. He sailed on it, fished from it, worked by it and played in it. Thanks for showing us this love, Robbin. You may not have realized how Christ-like it was. May we honor God and you by living more like you. Robbin was born on November 29, 1953, in Roper Hospital where he also passed away this last Thursday in the presence of his family. His education began at Porter Military Academy, continued at First Baptist High School and graduated from the Citadel. He was an avid sailor and sailing instructor, a regular at the regattas around town. He followed his love of the water and worked for the past 20 years for the Charleston Line Handlers as a Stevedore. He has three wonderful children (by his first wife, Sarah Johnston) that he is very proud of: Laura, the organist and choir director for Holy Spirit Catholic Church here in Charleston; Molly, finishing up her doctorate degree at UCLA while living with her husband, Pablo Sierra, in Los Angeles; and Edward, graduating next week from Clemson and entering MUSC Medical School this fall. He has spent the last 11 joy-filled years married to Brenda Neal, who works at MUSC. Visitation will be at the James A. McAlister funeral home on 1620 Savannah Highway this Sunday, May 1, 2011, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church on Savannah Highway (5 St. Teresa Dr., Charleston) at 10:30 a.m., on Monday, May 2, 2011, with The Rite of Committal following the service at Holy Cross Cemetery (604 Fort Johnson Road). Robbin is survived by his wife Brenda Neal Ball; children, Laura Ball, Molly Ball Sierra (husband, Pablo), Edward Ball, III, their mother Sarah Johnston; parents, Edward R. Ball, Sr and Joan Alward Ball; brother, Thomas M. Ball, Sr. (wife, Ann, deceased) and sister, Arden B. Meyer (husband, Eric); nieces, Barbara Ball, Emily Meyer; nephews, Ross Meyer (wife Aislinn), Moultrie Ball, Jennings Ball, Tian Meyer; Uncles, Frank J. Ball, PhD, The Rev. Cannon John C. Ball; Step-children, Trey Meyer and Laura Campbell (husband Randy) and step-grandchildren, Reed and Avery Campbell. Arrangements are by JAMES A. MCALISTER Funerals & Cremation (843) 766-1365. Robbins’ guest book may be signed online at www.jamesamcalister.com. Visit our guestbook at www.postandcourier.com/ deaths. Tags: 1975

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