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Martha Ballard East

August 7, 1935 ~ May 27, 2018 (age 82)

Martha Mae Tyler Ballard East, 82, of Shalimar, Florida, died Sunday, May 27, 2018 in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.  Mrs. East was a native of Trafford, Alabama, and had resided in Niceville and Fort Walton Beach area since retiring with her husband, David Ballard, in 1973. She was member of First Baptist Church of Niceville. She was preceded in death by her first husband, David O. Ballard; grandson Richard Scott Hall; and second husband James C. East.  Survivors include: siblings, Inez Tyler Greer, sister; John Edward Tyler, brother; sons, David Ballard, Key West, Florida; Perry Ballard, Rockledge, Florida; and daughter, Janet, Orlando, Florida; and grandsons, Nicholas and Mitchell Hall, Orlando, Florida.  Funeral services will be held at 3:00pm, Wednesday June 6 at First Baptist Church of Niceville with Rev. Chuck Hartness officiating. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the services.  Her interment, alongside her husband David, will be at 12 noon Thursday June 7, 2018, at Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Florida with Chaplain Timothy Hall officiating.

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