Cherry Lay Pearson

Cherry Lay Pearson
Cherry Lay Pearson, 79, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, November 16, 2009.Visitation will be Tuesday, November 17th from 5-7 pm with funeral services following at 10am on Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 at Webb Funeral Home in Newton, Mississippi on Old Hwy 15 Loop. Burial will take place at Newton County Memorial Gardens on Hwy. 15 in Newton.

Cherry was an only child, born in Bowling Green Kentucky to Lee and Evelyn Williams. She attended Bowling Green Business College where she met Bob Lay of Newton. They married in 1948 and returned to Newton where they lived until 1970. Cherry then relocated to Jackson, Mississippi after the untimely death of her husband.

Cherry worked for the Education and Research Center for many years and had previously worked at the Newton Welfare Department in Newton for fifteen years.

Cherry was known for her big heart, outgoing personality and her love for life. She was the kind of person that could fill a room with laughter and leave you with an unforgettable impression. Cherry will be remembered for her love of God and her family. God blessed her with a beautiful voice which she used to praise him.

Years later, life’s Journey would bring to her a second soul-mate, Larry A. Pearson. They would have celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary in December. While Larry was employed with the Veterans Administration his career took them to several major US cities as well as Manila Philippines. In all these places Cherry was very active in numerous clubs and organizations including serving as President of the US Embassy Women’s Club in Manila.

Upon retirement, Cherry and her husband Larry moved to Leesburg, Florida where they enjoyed some 16 years at Hawthorne of Leesburg, a retirement community. While living in Leesburg they were active members at South Pointe Baptist Church.

Due to her battle with Alzheimer’s they had recently made Newton, MS their home to be closer to their children. Her husband Larry has been a dedicated caregiver for the past two years seating by her side comforting her and showing endless dedication. Scripture tells us in 1 Corinthians, the 13th Chapter “these three remain, Faith, Hope and Love… But the greatest of these is Love.” She will be missed by all those who loved her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Evelyn Williams. Survivors include her loving Husband, Larry A. Pearson now of Newton, MS; two daughters, Nancy Lay Alley and her husband, Thurman of Brandon, and Kathy Lay Stephens and her husband, Dennis of Newton; two Grandson’s, Colby Jolley and his wife, Erica of Brandon and Chris Stephens of Clinton; one great-grandson, Cade Jolley of Dumphries, VA; two nieces, Laurel Lay Mayes and Del Pierman .


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