Mrs. Annie Louise Pearson peacefully passed on Friday, February 8, 2019. Funeral services will be Monday, February 18, 2019, 11:00 am at Little Marsh Chapel AME Zion Church, 301 Martin Luther King Street, St. Pauls, NC, Reverend Dr. Otis T. McMillian, Officiating. The family will be receiving family and friends at 205 N. Seawell St., St. Pauls, N.C. 28384.
Mrs. Annie Louise Ray-Pearson, known affectionately as Louise, was born February 2, 1936 to Joseph F. Ray and Annie Lee Robinson Ray in St. Pauls, North Carolina. God in his infinite wisdom called her to eternal rest on February 8, 2019. She was preceded in death by her parent; husband, John Pearson; sisters, Maggie Ray Corney and Harriet Ray; brothers, Larsberry, P.D., Deomy, Garland, John Troy, Jesse, James, Sandy and Charles and Sharon Blalock a niece she reared.
Louise graduated from East Side High School and went on to matriculate at North Carolina Central University where she obtained her Bachelors and Masters degrees. She returned home eagar to begin life as a secretary but God had other plans. She began working for the Public Schools of Robeson County where she worked for over 30 years before retiring the first time. She came out of retirement and returned to work in the Cumberland County School System for a few years before retiring again. Over her 30+ years of teaching, she touched the lives of many students who will forever remember her as stern and tough but loving and fair.
Later in life, she married the love of her life, John Pearson. They remained happily married until his death.
Louise leaves to cherish her love, laughs, life and legacy forever to: nieces that she raised as her own, Pamela White (Troy) of Elizabeth City and Tanikka of the home; brother, Curtis Ray; sister Rosie Marsh (Albert Sr.); sister-in-law, Geneva Ray all of St. Pauls, North Carolina; she also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and dear friends who will cherish memories of her forever.