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Pearl Burns

October 24, 1914 — April 2, 2010

"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith....II Timothy 4:6-8 Sister Pearl Burns was born Pearl Willis on October 24, 1914 in McNeil, Arkansas. She was the eldest child of Jim and Gussie Willis (Turner). She lived a true Christian life. Her saintly life came to a close on Friday, April 2, 2010, where Pearl was called to her heavenly home at Timberlane Health and Rehabiliation Center in El Dorado, Arkansas. On May 29, 1937 she was united in holy matrimony to Willie"Buck"Burns. They had two children from their union, Effie Dean and Earnestine. Pearl confessed her faith in God at an early age and united with Mt. Sinai Freewill Baptist Church in El Dorado, Arkansas. Pearl was one of the oldest Mothers and Deaconess of Mt. Sinai Freewill Baptist Church. She loved her family and friends dearly and often spent time helping others who were sick and shut in. She was also a loyal member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Her gentle disposition and warm smile made visits with her a treat for all who knew her. Pearl was preceded in death by her mother, father, her husband, her two daughters, her brothers, Prinest Willis and Curtis Willis and her sisters, Maple Dickerson, Irine Brown and Ovada Nelson. She leaves to cherish her memory two sisters Erse Lee Rogers and Alvernis Frazier of Muskegon, Michigan; one son-in-law, LaVan Cook (Effie) of El Dorado, Arkansas; six grandchildren, Gilda Smith (Leon) of El Doado, Arkansas, LaCretia Cook of Raeford, North Carolina, LaSharn Gilmer of Los Angeles, California, Glenn Oliver (Stephanie) of Detroit, Michigan, Anthony Oliver and Princis Oliver (Leonardo) of Minneapolis, Minnesota,; ten great-grandchildren, LaVanessa Young, Joshua Smith, Kennedy Moon, Christien Oliver, Jaison Oliver, Erica Oliver, Nekey OLiver, Jasmine Oliver, Australia Burnett and Mercedes Burnett; one great-great grandchild, Giovanni Whitfield and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A Homegoing Celebration for Sister Pearl will be held on Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Sinai Freewill Baptist Church, El Dorado, Arkansas with Bishop Jewell Primm officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Sinai Freewill Cemetery under the direction of the Sims Mortuary Staff. Visitation at the funeral home will be held on Friday, April 10, 2010 from 9am to 5:00pm and Saturday, from 8:30-9:30a.m. To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Pearl Burns, please visit our flower store.

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