Visitation: Friday, June 4th, 2021
Visitation Time: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Visitation Location: Golden’s Funeral Home, 210 N Pennsylvania Ave, Winter Park, Florida 32789
Service Date: Saturday, June 5th, 2021
Service Time: 10:00 am
Service Location: Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, Dr. Rev. Willie C. Barnes (Pastor)
412 E. Kennedy Blvd
Maitland, Fl. 32751
Interment immediately to following service at Eatonville Memorial Gardens, 700 Wymore Rd, Maitland, Florida 32751
Lillie Pearl was born on September 14, 1931 to Henry Evans Sr., and Willie Lue Carson Evans in Reynolds, Georgia. Lillie found Christ at an early age and was baptized at the Carson family founding church, Free Run Baptist Church in Taylor County, Georgia. Due to the racial strife in the 1940’s Lillie’s father relocated the family to Eatonville, Florida. Lillie completed her secondary education at Hungerford High School and graduated in 1950. Upon graduation, Lillie gave birth to her first son, Larry Kazan Carson Evans.
Lillie was determined to be successful. A new life awaited her as she follow her siblings, Albert and Henrietta to Newark, New Jersey. In addition to her quest for success, Lillie found love and wed Theron Letterlough Sr., on April 12, 1952. To this union was born a daughter, Patricia Ann and son, Theron Jr. With the help of her brother, Albert, Lillie and her husband purchased their “dream home” in Colonia, New Jersey in 1965 where she resided until 2003.
Lillie diligently labored at MERCK & CO., for 20 years, where she retired as a building maintenance supervisor. She was also employed with Burry Biscuits and became a member of Quaker Oats Burry Biscuits Red and White Alumni Club. In her leisure, Lillis was an avid New York Mets fan and a diehard New York Giants fan. Her love for travel spans across four continents, with her most rewarding adventure to Senegal, West Africa in 1985.
Lillie was dedicated to serving her family, church, and community. In July 1994, she hosted the 4th Annual Carson Family Reunion in Newark, New Jersey and was frequent reunion attendee thereafter. As a young adult, she attended Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Newark, under the leadership of Reverend James Mapson. Lillie later became a senior founding member of the First Baptist Church, Colonia led by Reverend H. Poindexter. Her community involvement includes serving as the 1998 president of the Colonia Seniors Club. She received the Special Recognition Award in the Woodbridge Center by former New Jersey Governor James McGreevey in 2000.
For a short time, Lillie relocated to Daytona Beach and Ormond Beach, Florida. Upon her return to New Jersey in 2006, she became an active member of St. John’s Baptist Church under Reverend V. Jackson. During her membership, she served as president of the ladies missionary board. In 2014, Lillie joined her son, Theron Jr., in Bangor, Maine. No matter the destination, Lillie found a church to call home. She was welcomed into the congregation of the People’s United Methodist Church, Newport, Maine, under Pastor Ellen Bridge. Lillie bloomed as a Georgia peach to become a Florida orange blossom. She cultivated her roots in the Garden State of New Jersey to the take her rest amongst the blueberries of Maine. On May 24, 2021, she entered eternal rest with her Lord and Saviour.
Lillie Pearl is preceded in death by her husband, Theron Letterlough Sr,; parents, Henry Evans Sr. and Willie Lue Carson Evans; step-mother, Ocie Evans; siblings, Henry Evans Jr., Albert Evans, Broxie Raine, Herietta Thomas, Eloise Evans, Mattie Evans, Edward Evans; Maternal grandparents, St and Louisa Carson; Father-in-law and mother-in -law, Osbourne and Bertha Letterlough and Austin McWhite.
She leaves to cherish found memories; children, Larry, Patti, Theron Jr.; sisters, Ernestine McWhite, Jane Ray Evans, Jeannie Mack; grandchildren, Nikki, Jasen, Nicole, Jerrel, and Delron; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Sherri, Joanne, Fiona; granddaughter-in-law, Ja’Neen Nowell; niece, Dora Letterlough and many other nieces, nephews, cousins, family, and special friends: Betty LeGrand and Millie Wright.