Funeral services were held 02/23/2023 at Memory Chapel of Anderson Ragsdale Mortuary, with a burial following at Cypress View Mausoleum. Final arrangements were entrusted to Anderson Ragsdale Mortuary.
Pearlie Mae Stevens was born April 1, 1931, as Pearlie Mae Underwood, Jr. in Brent, Alabama, to Solimon T. Underwood and Pearlie Mae Clark. She was the youngest born to her parent’s union, along with siblings Alma Lucille and Arthur Underwood.
She left her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, in 1952, relocating to San Diego, CA, to marry William Stevens. Their union was blessed with three daughters, Wanda, Patricia, and Deborah.
Pearlie was employed with the County of San Diego for twenty years, retiring at age fifty-five. After William transitioned to heaven, she took time out for travel, fishing, pampering her great-grandchildren, and volunteering with a nursing home and jail ministries.
She served at Church of the Living God, where she taught Sunday School and sang in the adult church choir for many years.
After the church name change (Church of the Loving God), she continued working in the monthly food distribution and being active with the senior church group. In later years, when her health declined, she sought solace in her daily devotionals. God was intimately involved in each detail of Pearlie’s life. It was a lovely Sunday evening, slightly before sunset, February 5, 2023, at 5:16 pm; Pearlie breathed her final breaths, released her daughter’s hold, then grasped God’s.
Pearlie’s passing leaves a family void, yet cherished with memories. Her husband, parents, brothers, and sisters preceded her death. She is lovingly remembered by her three daughters, Wanda, Patricia, and Deborah Stevens of San Diego, California.
Grandson Calvin Hicks, Jr. of Las Vegas, NV, granddaughters Anastasia Smith of Austin, TX, and Tyresha Hicks of San Diego, CA. Great-grandsons, O’Neal Hart and Cecil Green of Austin, TX. Zion Hicks-Nelson and Sarim Williams of San Diego, CA.
Sister Sarah Hill and brother James Holman of Brent, Alabama; Devoted nieces Gwen Worthy, Kathryn Bridges-Freeland, Linda Bartlett, and Margarita Eldridge. Her bonus children, Calvin Hicks, Sr., Ynez Hicks, Octavia Freeman, James Wiley, Michael Wimpie, and Chantelle Corrington. She leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends to mourn her passing and celebrate her life.