Homegoing celebration services were held for Shirley Pearl Clemmons King from the Greater Saint Matthews Faithful Church in Baxley, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 17.
She transitioned from earth to eternity on Sunday, May 11, 2014 (Mother’s Day), at the home of her daughter, Abigail Bryant in Bristol, surrounded by her loving and caring family.
Shirley Pearl, 67, was born to the parentage of the late Hosea Clemmons and the late Lucille Smith Clemmons in Wayne County on January 12, 1947.
She was united in Holy matrimony to Ike King. She was educated in the Clinch County School System in Homerville. King was employed for a number of years at the Appling County Public Library in Baxley.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Pearlie Mae Harrell; a son, Christopher Yarbrough; a granddaughter, Ja Tia McCall; a grandson, Brandon Clemons; grandparents, Homer and Lucille Graham Smith; and aunts and uncles, James (Ruth Lee) Johnson and Ben (Mary) Freeman.
She is survived by five daughters, Rose Mary Clemmons of Jesup, Molly (Vinson) Merritt of Jesup, Patricia Horne of Bear, Delaware and Abigail (Robert Sr.) Bryant of Bristol; four sons, Walter L. (Geanette) Edwards of Jacksonville, FL, James M. Harrell of Baxley, Carlos Yarbrough of Baxley and Deryl Edwards of Baxley; 33 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; very special friends of the family, Willie B. Lloyd, Queen Kitchen, both of Baxley, Glenda Young and Omilee Edwards, both of Homerville; and special nieces and nephews, Emma Pear Johnson, Harl Johnson, Carl Johnson and Michael Green.
Bishop Lucious Rogers, pastor, presided at the services. Eulogy was given by The Rev. Michael Fedrick.
Active pallbearers were her grandsons.
Honorary pallbearers were Walter L. Edwards, Carlos Yarbrough, James M. Harrell and Deryl Edwards.
Interment followed in Baxley Cemetery, Friendship Church Road.
Musical selections were rendered by Phyllis Jackson, Ihesia Bryant, the Love and Faith Chapel Choir, Alfreda West, Stacy Bryant and Sharon Bryant.