Funeral Plans Announced For High School Senior Killed In Crash

The family of a high school senior killed in a car accident has announced the funeral arrangements for the teen.

The Highway Patrol says Justin Ball, 18, of Beulaville, was killed Wednesday night when he crashed his pickup truck. Ball was a senior at East Duplin High School.

A funeral service will be held for Ball Friday at 7 p.m. at East Duplin Fine Arts Building in Beulaville. A graveside service will be held tomorrow at Bostic Family Cemetery in Potters Hill at 10 a.m.



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Family members are mourning the loss of a high school senior who was about to graduate, and they say they hope other young people learn from this tragedy.

The Highway Patrol says 18-year-old Justin Ball of Beulaville was killed Wednesday night when he crashed his pickup truck. Ball was a senior at East Duplin High School.Troopers say abut 11:00 Wednesday night the teen was on Wagon Ford Road east of Beulaville when his pickup went off the road and hit two trees. Ball was not wearing a seat belt. Justin's grandmother who raised him, Peggy Ball, says Justin was full of life and going to graduate in just a few weeks, and while tragic, Justin's family hopes others will learn from what happened.

"If any thing could come of this- any good could come out of it to young people to older people if your driving to fast, please slow down. If you're texting, don't do it," said Peggy Ball.

School officials say since this class of 2011 started kindergarten four classmates including Justin Ball have died from some sort of accident. That now leaves 167 students graduating on June 13th.



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A high school here is the East is mourning the loss of a senior who was about to graduate.

The Highway Patrol says 18-year-old Justin Ball of Beulaville was killed late Wednesday night in a single vehicle crash. Ball was a senior at East Duplin High School.

Troopers say the teen was headed north on Wagon Ford Road, which is east of Beulaville. They say his pickup truck went off the road and hit two trees.

Ball was not wearing a seat belt and troopers are investigating whether alcohol played a part in the 11:00 p.m. accident.

Social workers and counselors are at the high school to help both students and teachers deal with the death.

Ball was scheduled to graduate on June 13th.


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  • by Teresa Location: Belhaven on May 31, 2011 at 02:29 PM
    I too have lost a child (daughter 21 yrs old) to a car accident. She was not wearing her seatbelt, she ran off the road and over corrcted, ejecting her from the car. I know your pain and I pray God will give you the same peace he gave me and my husband. My Jessica and your Justin are walking the street of heaven together. I will see, my daughter again and that is what I hold on to. Time will help, but i am sorry to say the pain never goes away, u just learn to accept and move on. Till one day u will remember Justin with laughs not tears.
  • by Wendy Location: Greenville on May 28, 2011 at 09:42 PM
    I pray for the family and friends of this young man. It is difficult to lose someone so young. I do hope the fact that four beautiful children from the graduating class are no longer here will touch the 2011 class to be the best they can be-love and respect their family and themselves.
  • by lynn Location: in a small town on May 28, 2011 at 10:31 AM
    I just want you to know that I will be praying for peace and grace for your family. As a mother I can't imagine,all I can do is lift you up to the One who knows it all! You will someday be able to help someone going through a loss, with real understanding!
  • by Barbara Location: Pink Hill on May 27, 2011 at 07:38 PM
    My heart goes out for you Kristy. God will find a way of getting you and your family through this tough time. Take care. Love ya.
  • by Duplin county is home Location: Greenville Nc on May 27, 2011 at 02:23 PM
    My heart aches for all those we have lost at home I pray that the parents will one day be able to find peace . I didnt know the child personally but we lost another fine young person . sending love and prayers
  • by M.P. Location: NC on May 27, 2011 at 01:11 PM
    I have lost a 17 year old in a car accident also. This is one of the most horrible things a family could ever go through. I understand that people don't want to cause the family any harm by reporting if alcohol was involved or not but it could help others. Teens have the image that things could never happen to them, maybe if they know the truth, it can save their lifes. How is it any different if someone was speeding, drinking, or fell asleep?? The tragic outcome is the same but other teens may learn! I pray for the family to get through this horrible time.
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on May 27, 2011 at 04:40 PM in reply to M.P.
      Your post is helpful, and kind. I feel the same way.
  • by annette Location: Goldsboro on May 27, 2011 at 09:56 AM
    There are no words. Prayers.
  • by Jen on May 27, 2011 at 09:30 AM
    Thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. May God give you the strengh you need. Love and prayers.
  • by A Good Friend Location: Kinston on May 27, 2011 at 08:20 AM
    Kristy and family, Knowing you and your family i know you are devistated and knowing the faith you all havin in god i know he will help you to get through this tough time. My family and I are here for you what ever u might need please call. we will be praying for you in ths difficult time. Is. 66:13 "As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted."
  • by Amanda Location: Potters Hill on May 26, 2011 at 07:15 PM
    Justin came from a good, God fearing family. Let the poor boy rest in peace. At this point alcohol should not be an issue. People should be concerned for his hurting mother, grandma, and family. My heart aches for them.
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