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Mother Gertrude “Big Mama” (Roberson) Ball

July 7, 1929 ~ February 11, 2021 (age 91)

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Mother Gertrude Roberson Ball, 91, affectionately known as "Big Mama," Gained her Heavenly Wings on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born to Reginald and Fannie Cobb Roberson in Pontotoc County, MS on July 7, 1929. She attended school in Pontotoc County. She accepted Christ at an early age and joined Cherry Creek Baptist Church and presently was a member of Wilson Chapel Baptist Church in Pontotoc.

She was married to Wilbert Ball, Jr. who preceded her in death in 1992. Together they were blessed with ten children. She was a homemaker for many years and later went to work at Pontotoc Cleaners, Keystone Metal Moulding, and retired from MS Eaton Inc.

She was a big supporter of the Pontotoc High School Warrior Basketball team. She enjoyed cooking, caring for her flowers, visiting nursing homes and helping others. She also loved her hats and clothes and enjoyed dressing up. She lived through five generations.

She leaves to cherish her memories, her children, three sons; James Ball, Alvis Ball (Sandra) and David Ball (Jeannie) all of Pontotoc, five daughters; Shirley Walker of Verona, MS, Dorothy Garrett, Barbara O'Neal, Carrie Williamson (Troy) and Stephanie Ball all of Pontotoc, MS, one granddaughter was raised in the home; Skylar Ball. Nineteen grandchildren, twenty- eight great grandchildren and a host of great great grandchildren, one daughter-in-law; Mary Ball, two brothers; James Roberson of Chicago, IL and Tommy Roberson of Pontotoc, MS, four sisters; Fannie Jones (Dorl) and Jettie Shell of Verona, MS, Doris Burgess of Pontotoc, MS and Mary Wilson of Chicago, IL, three sisters-in-law; Wilma Mason and Geneva Sanders of Racine, WI and Beatrice Ball of Memphis, TN and her best friend; Dorothy Dandridge.
She is also preceded in death by two children; Rachel Kimmons and Terry Ball, one sister; Pearl Lindsey and three brothers; Oliver Roberson, John P. Roberson and Willie Frank Robertson.


A Walk-through (MASK WILL BE REQUIRED, ENTERING THE BUILDING) Visitation will be held on Friday, February 19, 2021 from 11a.m., until 1p.m., at Serenity-Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc. Burial will take place at Cherry Creek M.B. Church Cemetery in Ecru, MS. Serenity-Autry Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

Due to the outbreak of the Corona (COVID-19) Virus. The funeral service and graveside service will be private just for the immediate family members. This is a guideline of the CDC and the State Board of Health. We do ask that those at risk or those not feeling well to please stay at home. You can reach out to the family via our website. Thank you all on behalf of the family and the Staff here at Serenity-Autry Funeral Home of Pontotoc, MS. 

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February 19, 2021

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Serenity-Autry Funeral Home
248 Highway 15 South
Pontotoc, MS 38863

Private Service

Serenity-Autry Funeral Home
248 Highway 15 South
Pontotoc, MS 38863

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