Welcome to the
memorial page for
Janet Laverne Ball
May 11, 1935
~November 11, 2016
Keyport, NJ 07735
Second Baptist Church
Keyport, NJ 07735
Janet Laverne Ball, 81, a lifelong resident of Matawan, loving and devoted sister, wife, mother, godmother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend, was called home to glory on Friday November 11, 2016 at Bayshore Community Hospital, in Holmdel, New Jersey. Janet was born on May 11, 1935 in New Castle County Wilmington, Delaware to the late Amelia and Harold O. Craft of Scotch Plains, NJ.
Janet received her education in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania school systems.
Janet met and married a popular saxophone musician, Clarence Sharpe (known as "C Sharp"). From this union, they were blessed with two sons. The marriage was dissolved and Janet moved from Philadelphia, PA to Keyport, NJ.
In July 1957, Janet started her civil service career as a food service worker at Marlboro Hospital. She was promoted to Senior Food Service worker in January 1962. In 1984, she attended Brookdale Community College and became a certified dietary assistant. After 28 years of dedicated services at Marlboro Hospital, Janet accepted a supervisor position in the dining hall at New Jersey Training School for Boys in Jamesburg, NJ. In 1991, Janet decided to leave the New Jersey Training School for Boys. She received formal commendations from both Marlboro Hospital and the NJ Training School for Boys.
Janet returned to school as an adult and received her GED from the NJ Department of Education and in April 1993 she began to work as a certified Home Health Aide and resigned after an automobile accident in November 1996.
Janet became a member of Second Baptist Church, Keyport and was baptized in 1963 by the late Reverend Nicholas Tate. Janet served as a Sunday School Teacher for the Adult Class and she was an Assistant Bible Study teacher. She was also a member of the Missionaries and was a loyal, dedicated and committed servant.
In 1997, Janet became a life member in the National Council of Negro Woman, Inc. in the state of New Jersey - North Shore area section.
Janet, a true entrepreneur, started a videography business name "Precious Moments." She dedicated numerous hours making tapes and DVDs of church programs--weddings, funerals, conferences, anniversaries, birthdays and many other events. Her greatest joy was distributing her DVDs to family, friends and church members, including churches throughout the NJ Seacoast Association.
Janet had a spectacular eclectic passion for collecting unusual pieces of African artifacts--paintings, books, poems and stories. Janet loved shopping for bibles and inspirational books and would sit and read for hours. She was enthusiastic to share what she had learned with others.
Like her mom, Janet enjoyed sewing and became a self-taught professional seamstress. Janet found sewing to be very therapeutic. She was able to whip out outfits overnight. And she became well known for making and designing high quality outfits for family and friends. She enjoyed modeling her own clothes. In addition, Janet was very high-fashion minded and enjoyed consignment shopping for eclectic name-brand clothes, estate jewelry and novelty items.
Janet is predeceased by her devoted and loving husband William Ball. She leaves this legacy of love and life appreciation to her loving brother and sister Harold T. Craft (Barbara Deckle, special friend) of Red Bank, and Connie Guy of Matawan; two wonderful loving sons, Gregory Sharpe of Andover and Daryl Sharpe of Red Bank; a devoted goddaughter Tonya Lawson of Ft. Washington, MD; 4 loving grandchildren Raheem, Naimah, Murad and Malik Sharpe, and their mother Judy Pitts; 5 wonderful great grandchildren; Nastase, Nasir and Natane Daley, Elijah Godette, Ahlaysiah Pitts-Reed; and two loving nephews Calvin Lawson Jr (Arlette) of Gainesville, FL and Raynard Guy (Jackie) of Morton, PA and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends, and her dearly beloved Second Baptist Church family of Keyport.