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Eloise Ball Falls, a lady of formality, lived 96 years delighted in sports, culture, music, culinary specialties, and her most cherished creation Thomas Davenport Falls, closed her eyes and transitioned to eternal life in the arms of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Sunday, September 16, 2018. She relished deep sea fishing, was a dedicated fan of tennis stars, Serena and Venus Williams, golf prodigy Eldrick Tont "Tiger" Woods, and her beloved Dallas Cowboys. She was quite an observer of social behaviors, while always demonstrating respectful traditional values in her interactions with others; favored a variety of musical artists from Billie Holliday to Pit Bull; enjoyed heirloom cast iron skillet croaker to luxury fine dining; and served 17 years on the Gaston County Board of Mental health.  She first retired from the laboratory of Precision Seals. After traveling for 18 months she became bored and became a valued employee of JC Penney and retired again after 25 years of service. She valued her civic responsibilities by her assertive activities in the political arena. She guided others in registering and provided transportation to the voting precincts. She loved First Baptist Church and was a dedicated member for more than 60 years.

Mrs. Falls loved and cherished God’s gift of family, extended family and friends. She appreciated their individualities, temperaments and experiences. Her love for understanding and engaging with the younger generation was evident in holiday gatherings. Those with cherished memories can reflect on how special she made them feel when she listened but they needed to be prepared for her truthful responses.

Born May 1, 1922, in Richmond, Virginia, to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Thomas Ball, she experienced the loss of her mother at a very early age and shared the joy of being raised by her father with her sister Goldie Ball Jesey and adopted brother, Benjamin Clark. She was educated in Richmond County public schools and Virginia Union University.

Eloise Ball met, fell in love, and married Franklin Lavalious Falls and for 27 years they made their home in Dallas, North Carolina. To that union leaves one child, Thomas Davenport Falls.  Mrs. Falls was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister and adopted brother.  Left to cherish her memories are her loving son, Thomas D. Falls, Charlotte, NC, a very special cousin Lena Wright, Charlotte, NC, four nieces, Millicent and Rita Campbell, Charlotte, NC, Selma Pinnix, Greensboro, NC, Debra Coles, New Haven, Connecticut, 1 nephew, James Smith (Kathy), Ellenwood, GA, nine great nieces, and two great nephews. Residing in the care of her son is her furry child, Boris Bentley Falls.

Loving extended family members are two god sons, Eric “Honey Dripper” Forney (Harriett), Belmont, NC, Efrim Jones (Sylvia), Nassau, Bahamas, Carla Jackson (Lydell), Gastonia, NC, Charlie Shoats, Gastonia, NC, Carolyn Pitts, Charlotte, NC , Valerie Friday, Dallas, NC, and every member of the Barnett family,.

Special love and appreciation is also extended to her supportive friends, Doris Boulware, Jean Bridges, Jolene Hoke, Willie B. Murriel, Annie Pearl Wilson, Josie Wilson, and the doctors, nurses, and staff of Stanley Total Living Center.


Funeral: Saturday; September 22, 2018; 3:00 p.m.; First Baptist Church-310 Rhyne Street, Dallas

Visitation: Friday; September 21, 2018; 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.; Gregory Funeral Service Chapel-601 N. York Street, Gastonia

Interment: First Baptist Church Cemetery, Dallas
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  • Tuesday, September 18, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Gregory Funeral Service
  • Wednesday, September 19, 2018
    You are the essence of a phenomenal woman. Please let your spirit guide those left behind.
    ~ Dr. Fortune Ann Taylor   Charlotte, NC
  • Wednesday, September 19, 2018
    Thomas, I am sending my condolence to you on the loss of your mother. She was a warm friendly, passionate person from the community. I will always cherish her as just being a nice person. Love, Debra J. Bratton
    ~ Debra J. Bratton-McBride   Salters, SC
  • Tuesday, September 18, 2018
    God has given you your wings. Rest well! You will live on in our hearts forever!
    ~ Cheryl Britton   Apex, NC
  • Friday, September 21, 2018
    Thomas you are in my prayers and after the death of Peggy P as you called her last year please know that time will heal your heart. Please continue to ask God to give you the strength to make through each day her love and joy will always be with you.
    ~ Vonda Luckey Simmons   Mt. Holly, NC
  • Thursday, September 20, 2018
    My thoughts and prayers are with you Thomas.. may God bless and comfort you. “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:8‬ ‭
    ~ Jacque Hardin   Reid’s, NC
  • Thursday, September 20, 2018
    i worked with sweet miss eloise at jcpenneys for about 3 years as well as my sister gloria childers .Loved her she was beautiful inside and out.Prayers for the family and her precious son who she loved dearly god bless you all .N5Fo
    ~ mary miller   charlotte, NC
  • Friday, September 21, 2018
    To Thomas, We as A Community Loss A True Angel, But God NEEDED THIS BEAUTIFUL ANGEL and He took Her By The Hand and Bought her Right On Home!! Thomas we Know you Will Miss Her Beautiful Face, Mrs. Falls was good To Everyone She Ran into no matter Who You were! We Love You and Will See Mrs. Falls Again One Day! 🌹
    ~ Buster & Shannon Benton   Stanley, NC
  • Saturday, September 22, 2018
    a very very lovely lady. thomas, i know you will miss her but ,you were bless to have a mother of so many years and aware of all her surroundings. may god bless you and you have my deepest sympathy.
    ~ doris barnett   carlisle, PA
  • Thursday, September 20, 2018
    Heartfelt condolences to family and friends. Words are difficult when someone near and dear to us passes. May the God (Psa. 83:18) of all comfort draw each of you to give you peace and strength in the midst of your sorrow. (2 Cor.1:3, 4) Sincerely,
    ~ Ali
  • Tuesday, September 25, 2018
    Thomas, Miss Eloise was a beautiful person inside and out. Prayers and fond memories are what we have to remember our dearly departed. My most heartfelt condolences.
  • Saturday, September 29, 2018
    I would like to express my condolences in the loss of your dear loved one. The bible gives us hope of seeing them again in the promised resurrection according to such scriptures as [John 5:28-29] and [Acts 24:15]. We find further hope in [Revelations 21:3-5] which says that Jehovah God will wipe away every tear from own eyes, and [Isaiah 25:8] says that God will swallow up death forever. I hope these scriptures will be of some comfort. With Deep Sympathy.
    ~ Alma Sumler   Raleigh, NC