GASTONIA - Mrs. Pearl Byars Falls, 93, passed away peacefully on Dec. 1, 2012 at Robin Johnson Hospice House in Dallas, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. Born in Cherokee County, S.C. on Aug. 17, 1919, she was the daughter of the late William Rufus Byars and Mattie Moore Byars.
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A charter member of New Hope Baptist Church, Mrs. Falls worked for many years at Wix Corporation on Ozark Avenue in Gastonia. After retiring from Wix, she was able to stay at home where she enjoyed gardening and traveling, and was well known for her cake of cornbread which delighted her family. Mrs. Falls deeply loved her family as well as spending time at the beach or roaming through the mountains searching for critters.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 60 years, Vance O. Falls; a grandson, Jeffrey A. Hall; six broth-ers and one sister.
Mrs. Falls is survived by her six children and their spouses, Becky and Maurice Hall of Madison, Kenneth and Carol Falls of Gastonia, Loretta Saunders of Gastonia, Jerry and Joyce Falls of Lincolnton, Donna and David Elhawa of Gaithersburg, Md., and Kelly and Gil Gardner of Shelby.
She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, Kevin Hall, David Hall, Heather Hall Belton, Kenny Falls, Amy Falls Summey, Ashley Saunders McGrath, Amber Elhawa Marx, David J. Elhawa, Brandy Winstead, April Mumpower, Craig Gardner and Tiffany Gardner, as well as 11 great-grandchildren.
Family and friends are invited to attend the visitation beginning at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 at McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia with the fu-neral service to follow at 2 p.m. in Founders Chapel. Dr. Ned Buckner will officiate. Burial will follow at Gaston Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Robin Johnson Hospice House, c/o Gaston Hospice, P.O. Box 3984, Gastonia, NC 28054 or New Hope Baptist Church, 2024 Redbud Drive, Gastonia, NC 28054.
Condolences may be sent online to www.mcleanfuneral.com.
McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the family of Mrs. Falls.
McLean Funeral Directors
700 South New Hope Road Gastonia, NC 28054
Published in Gaston Gazette on Dec. 3, 2012