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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice


May 2021

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Bill Ball

Bill (Shane) Ball
Bill Shane

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is grieving the loss of an employee that is connected to the COVID-19 virus.

34-year-old Inventory and Store Specialist II Bill (Shane) Ball had 16 months of service with the TDCJ and was assigned to the Wynne Food Service in Huntsville. Mr. Ball’s last day at work was March 25, 2021, and he tested positive for COVID 19 the next day. He was hospitalized on March 30, 2021. Despite several weeks of hospital treatment, he passed away from COVID related complications on May 24, 2021.

“This pandemic continues to bring loss and sadness to the extended TDCJ family,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “Every death of an employee is an impact to us all. The entire TDCJ family mourns the loss of Mr. Ball and our thoughts and prayers with the Ball family and friends at this tragic time.”

“Bill Ball brought his best to work every single day, and in a short time had made a mark on TDCJ. He was willing to serve,” said TDCJ Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Logistics Division Director Billy Hirsch. “He leaves behind a wife who also is a part of the TDCJ family and two young girls. Our prayers are with his family in this trying time.”

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has had forty-seven employees who have died in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.