November 14, 2008
Memorial service planned, scholarship created for
memorial service for a volunteer with the Ohio
University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine’s
ComCorps who died this week will be held Saturday in
his hometown of Cuyahoga Falls.
James David Ball, 23, died from injuries suffered
from an accidental fall on Tuesday outside his
residence on Marietta Street in Athens.
lieu of other remembrances, Ball’s family requests
that donations be made to the newly created James D.
Ball Memorial Scholarship Fund. The scholarship was
established in Ball’s memory for use in paid
internships for OHIO students in the Athens
City/County Health Department, where he was
currently working as a volunteer in ComCorps.
Donations can be made c/o the Ohio University
College of Health and Human Services, P.O. Box 869,
Athens, Ohio, 45701.
ComCorps is an AmeriCorps program funded by the
Corporation for National and Community Service, said
Nancy Schell, director of the program for OU-COM’s
Community Health Programs. It is often described as
a domestic Peace Corps where members serve 1 to 2
years earning a small living stipend and upon
completing the program, an education award.
Established in 1999, ComCorps currently has 20
volunteers who serve in all Athens County schools
and in 14 other community service and health
agencies. ComCorps provides health education and
access to healthcare to children and families in
2008 graduate of Ohio University with a degree in
community health, Ball joined ComCorps in August for
a one year commitment, working with the Athens
City-County Health Department, Schell said. His
duties at the health department included working in
community and environmental health education.
“When I hired him, I was so excited,” Schell said.
“He was a perfect fit for the position and it was
such a great opportunity for him to advance his
certifications and skills.”
While serving at the health department, Ball was
also working towards his certification in
sanitation, Schell said. “It was a great stepping
stone for him to a position he was perfectly suited
for,” Schell said. “He was quiet and unassuming and
a solid worker. He already is missed by his 19
peers, our program and the health department.”
Saturday’s memorial service will be conducted at 11
a.m. in the First United Methodist Church, 245
Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221. The Rev.
Marvin Brown and the Rev. Susan Lausch will
officiate. Friends may call at the church beginning
at 10 a.m. Saturday.