GASTONIA - The Rev. Fred Falls Jr., 77, passed away peacefully on July 28, 2014.
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Born in Cleveland County, he was the son of the late Fred Falls Sr. and Lula Martin Falls. The Rev. Falls was a 1960 graduate of Pfeiffer University and Duke University Divinity School. A ministry in the United Methodist Church spanning over 45 years, the Rev. Falls served churches in Fayetteville, Garner, Hamlet, Burlington (Front Street), Raleigh (Edenton Street), Gastonia (First United Methodist), and Crouse (Crouse United Methodist and Pleasant Grove). While in Gastonia at First United Methodist Church, he was instrumental in building the current Family Life Center. The Rev. Falls served on numerous commit-tees and boards within both the Western NC and Eastern NC Conferences of the United Methodist Church. The Rev. Falls enjoyed playing golf, but more than that, he enjoyed the relationships formed with the sport.
In addition to his parents, the Rev. Falls was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Margie "Derice" Weir Falls.
The Rev. Falls is survived by a son, Christopher Brian Falls; daughter and son-in-law, Theresa and Mark McIntosh; granddaughters, Hope and Holly McIntosh; sister-in-law and husband, Marlene and Art Allen; numerous nieces and nephews; special friends, the No No's Supper Club.
Family and friends of the Rev. Falls are invited to attend his memorial service beginning 2 p.m. Thurs-day at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Christy and Dr. Jim Westmoreland officiating.
The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the Hospitality Room.
Condolences may be sent online to www.mcleanfuneral.com
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Scholarship Fund of First United Meth-odist Church, P.O. Box 218,
Gastonia, NC 28052 or the
McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the family of the Rev. Falls.
McLean Funeral Directors
700 South New Hope Road Gastonia, NC 28054
Published in Gaston Gazette on July 30, 2014