1959  ~  The Tribute of Life  ~  2020



Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free
I’m following the path God has laid you see.
I took His hand when I heard Him call
I turned my back and left it all.


I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work, to play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way
I found that peace at the close of day.


If my parting has left a void
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
Oh yes, these things I too will miss.


Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I savored much
Good friends, good times,

a loved one’s touch.


Perhaps my time seemed all too brief
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and peace to thee
God wanted me now;

He set me free. 

Mrs. Mary "Chub" Oates Pearsall, 61, of Dudley, NC, departed this life on Saturday, December 26, 2020, at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC.


A home-going graveside service will be held on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. - Hillside Cemetery, Newton Grove, NC.  Apostle Frank M. Dawson, Officiant/Eulogist.


Chub, who she was affectionately called, was born January 23, 1959 to the late Robert “Buck” Oates and Nettie “Coot” Juanita Wilson Oates.  She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Willie Robert Oates and sister Vickie Lanier.


Chub grew up in Grantham, NC and attended and graduated from Southern Wayne High School - Class of 1977.  There is where she met her high school sweetheart, Reginald R. Pearsall, and they married February, 1978. She also graduated from Wayne Community College and became a Healthcare Technician and thereafter, began to work with the State of NC at the DHHS-O’Berry Neuro-Medical Treatment Center. She loved her clients and treated them with dignity as if they were her own family members. She also raised three children while working at O’Berry, and through her hard work and dedication, daughter Shon followed in her mom’s footstep and also worked for the State.  Reginald Jr, and Victor enlisted in the Military (Army). Due to underlying health conditions, Chub had to retire after 15 years of State service from the job that she loved. After leaving O’Berry, and managing her health issues, Chub was determined to become a minister and open a battered women’s shelter. Even though her plans did not come to full fruition, she managed to provide her Godly spirit through other methods. Due to her untimely passing, she was not able to complete her Bachelor’s in Divinity.


Chub leaves to cherish her memory; three children, Shakeyia “Shon” Oates Hazell (Javon), Raleigh, NC, Reginald R. Pearsall Jr. (LaShay), Killeen, TX, and Victor N. Darden; eight grandchildren who they affectionately called “Mema”, Jamia, JaNiya, Aiyanna, Nyasia, Jordyn, Victor Jr., John, and Xavier; sister, Felicia; brothers, Thaddeus (Jackie), Rowland, Jeffery, and sister-in-law Lina Oates; cousins, Oates, Wilson, and Pearsall families; her church family - Alpha & Omega Christian Center under the leadership of Apostle Frank M. Dawson; and a host of nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, other relatives, friends.

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