Mrs. Pearlie M. Ballard, 74, of Starkville, MS, passed away on Friday, November 16, 2012 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Mrs. Ballard was a member of New Life Worship Center in Bradley and a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Ballard, parents, Bennie and Bell Gazaway; sons, Donald and Benny Smith; brothers, Thomas Gazaway, Edward Gazaway, William Gazaway, Tony Gazaway, Bennie (Bub) Gazaway and Lavell Shank.
Pearlie is survived by daughters, Debra Buford of Starkville, MS; Jammie Reed of Starkville, MS; and Kathe Hosford of Starkville, MS; sons, Wayne Smith of Starkville, MS; and Dennis Smith of Tampa, FL; sisters, Dot Dawkins of Starkville, MS and Daisy Gorsuch of Goshen, IN; brothers, Walter Gazaway of Sturgis, MS; and George Gazaway of Maben, MS; 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Visitation for Mrs. Ballard will be held on Sunday, November 18, 2012 from 5-8 p.m. at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville. A funeral service will be held on Monday, November 19, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Welch Funeral Home Chapel conducted by Rev. Donnie Davis. Burial will follow in Betheden Cemetery in Winston County.