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On October 26, 1934, in Towns, Georgia, Lora Ryals and Maggie Wooten were blessed with a beautiful baby girl. Willie Pearl made her grand entrance into the world. She was affectionately known to her family as friends as “Pearl”. Pearl was always concerned about family relationships and love. It began as a child, when she made a sacrifice by remaining in Wheeler County with her grandmother, when the family relocated to Brunswick, GA. She remained with the grandmother, until her demise in the early 40’s.
She was educated in the Wheeler County, Georgia public school system. Throughout life, she proved to be skillful, dedicated, and relentless. Because of her natural leadership skills, others often came to her seeking advice. She was an avid sports competitor that enjoyed basketball, softball, tennis, golf, bowling, and pool. She excelled in bowling, golf, and pool while setting and continuously breaking records. Pearl coached the first championship softball team affiliated with the county recreation program. She also coached basketball. Many knew her because of her participation in the bowling league and setting records in golfing. Pearl won several golf and bowling tournaments. All of this was done while raising a family and supporting her husband in the ministry. She was an all-around individual who never met a stranger. She was also a lady of wisdom and encouragement. Always provided encouragement to others. Provided trips and invited family members to explore adventurous trips to various places. Indeed, Pearl was a rare jewel, precious and hard to find. Although, she was an elegant and exquisite woman, she enjoyed the simple things in life such as preparing delicious meals; especially Sunday dinners for her family and church members for over 30 years. Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were the apple of her eye. She loved them unconditionally and they loved her equally. She and Rev. Hart always made sure that their family was well taken care of spiritually and financially. Pearl and her husband, Rev. Dr. Eddie Lee Hart, Sr., owned a cleaning business for many years.
Rev. Dr. E.L. Hart was blessed with a virtuous woman in the person of Pearl. Pearl Ryals was united in holy matrimony with Rev. Dr. Eddie Lee Hart, Sr. on February 16, 1952, in Brunswick, GA. Everyone who knew Pearl knew that her husband was the “Love of Her Life”. The Lord blessed them with seven beautiful children: Rose, Delbra, Joyce, Edna, Eddie Jr., Myra, and Demetrius.
Pearl accepted Christ at an early age and became a member of Horne Mission CME Church, Wheeler County, GA. After moving to Brunswick, GA, Pearl joined Zion Baptist Church and quickly went to work in the Lord’s church. She remained there until the late 60’s or early 70’s, when she and her husband moved their membership to First Jordan Grove. It was here that her husband accepted his calling into the ministry. Whatever her hands found to do, she did it with all her might as unto the Lord serving as First Lady and supporting her husband in the ministry at the following churches: Union Baptist Church, Ardoch, GA; Eastlight Baptist Church, Zion Rock Baptist Church, Brunswick, GA; and First African Missionary Baptist Church Kingland, GA for 31 years.
2 Corinthians 5:8 “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord”. Pearl’s life on earth was a reflection of Christ. However, in death, she has reached the pinnacle of success which is to hear the sweet voice of the Lord say, “WELCOME HOME”. It was on December 4, 2023, that she heard the voice of the Lord bidding her to come home. She had been firmly planted in the faith and now it was time for her to be rewarded. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Dr. E. L. Hart, Sr., daughter, Joyce Washington; three brothers and three sisters.
Left to cherish her memories and await the coming of Christ: her children, Rose (Thomas) James, Delbra (Christopher) Frazier, Eddie Hart, Jr., all of Brunswick, GA., and Demetrius Hart of Rockledge, FL, Linda Loving of Jonesboro, GA, and Myra Hart of Kingsland, GA; four sisters, Lora Davis, Elnora Banks, Lorraine (Chester) Dobson, Priscilla (James) Austell all of Brunswick, GA; sister-in-law, Betty Smith of Eastman, GA; brother-in-law, Bobby Lee Hart; twenty grandchildren; forty-nine great grandchildren; five great great grandchildren; devoted goddaughter, Kimberly Sullivan Perry; dedicated caregivers, Stella Wilson and Marie Hall; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
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