For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:13-14
Because there is rest for the weary and reward for the faithful, Pearl Ethel Brown peacefully transitioned from earth to eternal glory at home surrounded by family in the presence of love on October 2, 2021. According to God's divine plan, Pearl was born on January 4, 1928 in Denmark, South Carolina, to Sam Priester and Ethel Glover Priester. During her youth, Pearl's parents transitioned and she was blessed to be mothered by her aunt Queenie Johnson who continued to rear and love her as her own. She was a sister to Ethel Mae Preston, Samella Sanders, Madeline Posey, and Wesley Priester.
In Service to Her God…
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24.
At an early age Pearl accepted Jesus Christ and was baptized at Honeyford Baptist Church in Denmark, South Carolina. Upon relocating to Atlantic City, New Jersey, she united with Union Baptist Temple Church. Here, she served as a member of the Gospel Chorus and the Nurses Unit. She served faithfully at Union Baptist Temple Church for more than forty years. On March 13, 1994, Pearl united with Faith Baptist Church under the pastorate of her son-in-law, Rev. Dr. Milton L. Hendricks. She served the Lord with gladness by joining the Pulpit Aide Ministry. People gravitated toward her because she had a loving and gentle countenance and a smile that radiated across the room.
May the Work She's Done Speak for Her…
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16
For many years Pearl worked as a presser at Schrank's Manufacturing Co. and at Consolidated Laundries. It was evident by her personal appearance that Pearl took great pride in neatness and cleanliness. Her family often joked about her slacks being pressed so thoroughly that they almost stood on their own. Pearl retired from the Atlantic City Board of Education in June of 1993. Pearl was an asset to the Richmond Avenue School community through her wisdom and dedication.
Her Love of Family…
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13
Pearl loved her family immensely in both word and deed. She made great sacrifices to ensure that her four daughters were well provided for: their needs and wants always superseded her own. Pearl possessed a grateful spirit and generous heart. If you did something for her, she could never thank you enough and she passed this trait down to her daughters. Practicing good manners was extremely important to her. She seized every opportunity to spend quality time with all of her family. They could often be found sitting on the balcony talking and people watching. She looked forward to special times when her family celebrated milestones in their lives and holiday gatherings. The love and laughter that occurred during these times will forever be in the hearts and minds of those who cherish her. No gathering was complete without her cornbread stuffing, cabbage, and rice. She shared a special bond with her sisters, Ethel Mae and Samella. They had weekly conversations to catch up and make sure that everyone in the family was doing well. They may have been separated by miles, but never by love. She was an avid supporter of her son-in-law, Milton's ministry by attending as many of his engagements as possible. She referred to him as her son and was always ready with fresh pressed handkerchiefs when he had to preach. Pearl gets the prize for the greatest grandchild spoiler in the world. They were the special jewels in her crown. She was doubly blessed when her great and great-great grandchildren arrived. She was preceded in death by: her parents, sisters, Samella Sanders and Madeline Posey; brother, Wesley Priester; son-in-law, Donald V. Brooks; grandson, Kevin R. Hendricks; and great-grandson, Donte C. Brooks.
One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. Psalm 145:4
Pearl has a rich legacy and leaves to cherish her memory: her beloved and dedicated daughters, Estelle B. Hendricks (Milton), Geraldine Brooks, Debra L. Brown and Ozelia Davis; sister, Ethel Mae Preston (Elijah); five grandchildren, Sherikka L. Money, Tamikka M. Hamlett, Rayna K. Hendricks, Donyelle P. Brooks and Leonard E. Davis, Jr.; five great-grandchildren, Naushlyn Brooks, DeNisha Davis, Demetria Hamlett, Jaylah Brooks and Grayson Money; great-great grandson, Alexander Navarrete-Hamlett; special son, Johnnie Ceasar (Vermel); and a host of nieces and nephews.
And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. Revelation 14:13
Pearl has entered into eternal rest, and is free from the cares of this life. For this we give God all the praise!
Funeral Service to Celebrate her life will be 6PM on Sunday, October 10, 2021, at Faith Baptist Church, 829 Tilton Road, Pleasantville, New Jersey, where friends will be received from 4PM – 6PM. Interment will be 10AM Monday, October 11, 2021, at Laurel Memorial Park, 2301 English Creek Avenue, Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. In honor of our Pearl, we invite all ladies to wear pearls at her homegoing celebration.
Arrangements are entrusted to Greenidge Funeral Homes, Inc., Atlantic City, New Jersey, where condolences maybe left at www.greenidgefuneralhomes.com