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Elder Sarah Pearson
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Elder Sarah
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1938 - 2018
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Obituary for Elder Sarah Pearson (Newkirk )

Elder Sarah  Pearson (Newkirk )
"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth is laid up for me a crown of righteousness....." II Timothy 4:7-8

Elder Sarah Newkirk Pearson is a native of Goldsboro, North Carolina. She was born on
September 11, 1938 to the late Norman and Mary Wilson Newkirk and with her words “I want
to live in that building not made by hand” she departed this earthly life on August 7th at her

Elder Pearson attended Goldsboro City Schools and Wayne Community College. In 1973
she received an Associate in Science degree in Nursing (LPN) graduating with honors. During
her nursing career she served at Wayne Memorial Hospital, O’Berry Center and Cherry Hospital.
She retired from Cherry Hospital in 1993. In March, 1990 she became the wife of Mr. Johnnie
Pearson and enjoyed 22 years with her husband.

Since rededicating her life to Christ several years ago, she gave wholehearted service and
sacrifice to further the Kingdom. She accepted the call to teach the gospel in February 2004.
While serving at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church she served in Music Ministry, headed the
Deaconess Board, was an Adult Sunday School teacher. She initiated a Community Visitation
and Outreach group, and would often visit and pray with sick and shut-in members.

One of her most heart-felt endeavors was the initiation and sustaining of the 12 noon day prayer, which
she and Deacon Johnnie Pearson carried on for more than ten years. In addition, for more than
seven years she was a regular contributor to the Good News Gazette monthly Christian
newspaper as well as the Philadelphia Community Church quarterly paper, The Open Door

Her commitment to the kingdom of God carried over to Philadelphia Community Church with
which she united on January 1, 2005. In October 2005 she was elevated to the level of “Elder.”
She faithfully sang with the Praise Team and taught Adult Sunday School. She chaired the
Benevolence Committee. Under her leadership the Committee monthly distributed meals in
various communities in the City; where she would take even from her own resources to make
sure those in need were feed. Psalms 27 was her favorite scripture and sustained her through
her life.

Friends and family remember her as a pillar of strength, a mother to her community and a rare

At the young age of 78, she became a first-time published author of her book Let's Get Real:
For Spiritual Growth and Maturity, in 2016, edited and published by her grandson Richard A.

She was preceded in death by her parents Norman and Mary Wilson Newkirk; husband Johnnie
Pearson; sister, Lila Newkirk Jeter, and three brothers, Elbert Wilson, Samuel Newkirk, and
Marshall Newkirk.

Those left to cherish her memory and celebrate her life are four children:
Aletta Taylor (Rodger), Jerome Newkirk (Joyal) of Goldsboro, NC, Benita Hall, and Keith
Newkirk of Charlotte, NC; twelve Grandchildren: Kamia Taylor, Karen McAdams (Troy),
Charmaine Newkirk, Richard Taylor, Yvonne Newkirk, Byren Wynn, Gregory Hall, Jr., Kelvin
Newkirk, Rontrae Newkirk, Brandon (Brittany) Newkirk, Bradley Newkirk and Brian Newkirk;
Seven Great-Grandchildren: Keronnie Leftwrige, Shaakira Newkirk, Kiana Taylor, Kendrick
Newkirk, Brianna Newkirk, Italy Taylor, and Kindle Grace McAdams; a dear long-time friend
Dolores Hayes, as well as a host of nieces, nephews other relatives, friends, and beloved .

A celebration of life service honoring the life of Elder Pearson will be held Saturday, August 11th
at 3pm in the sanctuary of Word of Truth Christian Fellowship, 1401 N. Carolina Street, with
Prophet Rodger Taylor officiating.

The family will greet friends at the church for a wake one hour prior to the service and other
times at the Taylor’s Residence, 1016 S. Taylor Street.

The family is in the care of Serenity Memorial Funeral Home & Cremations, LLC. In lieu of
flowers donations can be made in her name to Philadelphia Community Development
Corporation (PCDC) P. O. Box 1561, Goldsboro NC 27533, paypal (, or
CashApp (9192220389) to continue the community feedings which expressed Elder Pearson’s
charitable hear

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