Celebrating the life of Pearl E. Hicks
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Little Pearl attended grade school at A. G. Richardson Elementary of Blackstone, VA and continued her education in the public school systems of Baltimore, MD. She graduated Valedictorian at Lombard Junior High School and Salutatorian and Class President of Dunbar Senior High's Class of 1967. She furthered her education at the Community College of Baltimore where she received an Associate of Arts Degree. Pearl was a scholastic achiever and its greatest advocate. She was always inspiring others to "Just try and the windows of opportunity would be opened." Failure was not an option, nor the word a part of her vocabulary - Try was.
Pearl had a gift of helping. She would always make herself available to family, friends and co-workers. Complete strangers weren't even out of her reach. She loved to help mankind in whatever way she could. For over 40 years, she would illuminate a spirit of excellence as a Paraprofessional Aide, Educational Assistant, Teachers Aid and Business Manager. She often extended her assistance to areas of Special Education, transcending every boundary and limit and giving her all at every turn. Pearl had such love and compassion for the young people and they reciprocated! Their efforts and commitment were to be her reward and she would encourage them even the more. There were no boundaries in Pearls' level of giving and devotion to her family. That which she exuded in her work place and social relationships, she aggressively poured into her family just as much! Her vigor and her zeal were immeasurable! She was always focused on the family, planning and coordinating gatherings in Blackstone, VA. She understood that Unity was the key, and Love was to be the foundation for keeping the family together. She was the Family Reunion President and always sought to honor its legacy and lift up the pillars of the family.
On February 6, 2010, Mother Pearl was called Home to Glory. Left to continue her legacy and to celebrate her life is....her loving daughter, Latrice Hicks; her three adoring grandchildren: Travis Henry, Travon Henry and Ricardo Michel; her devoted brother, Murriel Johnson, Jr.; five Aunts: Lou Myrtle Gaines, Gladys Randle, Kathleen Stallworth, Carrie Hicks and Daisy Jennings; two nieces: Lindell Street and Joycelyn Johnson; two nephews: Murriel Johnson, III and Manuel Johnson; one great niece: Linda Seck, two great nephews, Wendell Gowie and Jamal Adderly; her long time companion, James Jones and a host of relatives, friends, and coworkers. Her son Murriell R. Chew, Sr., sister Linda Johnson-Street and grandson Murriel R. Chew, Jr. preceded her in death. "It might have appeared to go unnoticed, but I've got it all here in my heart. I want you to know I know the truth, of course I know it.
Funeral Services Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at W.E. Hawkes & Son Funeral Home Chapel, Blackstone with interment in the Greenview Cemetery, Blackstone.
W.E. Hawkes & Son Funeral Home of Blackstone in charge of the arrangements.
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