Funeral services for Maxine Franklin Ball-Ellison will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 at First Baptist M. B. Church.
Funeral services for Maxine Franklin Ball-Ellison will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 at First Baptist M. B. Church. Dr. Nathaniel Hull Sr. will officiate the service. Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 11 at First Baptist M.B. Church from 5 to 7 p.m. Burial will be in Jackson Memorial Gardens. Maxine Franklin Ball Ellison of Helena-West Helena was the sixth of nine children born to the late Johnnie and Dorothy Mae Franklin in Helena on July 5, 1953. She accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at a young age, was baptized and served as a member of Morning Star Baptist Church in Helena, where she sang in the choir and as a teenager sung in a gospel group of young women. She later joined First Baptist Church in Helena-West Helena where she worshipped until her health failed. She married Leon Brian Ball on Feb. 14, 1981 and to that union two children were born. Leon Ball and her second husband, Major Ellison, both preceded her in death as well as a sister, June Warren. Maxine transitioned from this life Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. She graduated from Central High School in 1971. She attended Phillips Community College of University Arkansas, the University Arkansas at Little Rock and was a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Her scholarly interest included political science, sociology, and criminology. She developed great debating skills. While studying at Fayetteville, she became a charter member of the Kappa Iota Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Her family members that will continue to carry on her strength, wisdom, patience, and belief in God are her daughter, Kristen Ball-Cox of Memphis and her son, Airman James “J.J.” Ball of Bunnlevel, N.C. and a granddaughter, Laiah “Valincia” Cox; her brothers, James (Bertha) Franklin, Nathaniel Franklin, Leon Franklin and Benjamin Franklin of Helena-West Helena; her sisters, Lillie (James) Dabney of Lithonia Ga., Jimella (William) Haskins of Smithfield, Va.; Doris Jean (Chester) Lawson of Madison, Wis.; her special aunt/sister, Alice Valley of Helena-West Helena; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends. Family and friends may sign the guestbook at: www. brownshomeforfuneralsinc.com.