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Born: April 22, 1928

Place of Birth: Palatka, FL United States

Death: December 28, 2011

Place of Death: Palatka, FL 32177

Occupation: Head Start Director

Organizations: Heroines of Jericho, Elks Daughter, Order of Easter Star

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Pearl Wilson Fells

    April 22, 1928  -  December 28, 2011

Life Legacy

Pearl Wilson “P.W.” Fells, 83, of Palatka entered the sunset of life on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at her residence. A native and lifelong residence of Palatka, a beautiful baby girl entered this world on Sunday, April 22, 1928. Pearl was the daughter of Benjamin Wilson and Ida Mae Robinson and the foster daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Frank Swindell, who greatly influenced her life. She was a graduate of Central Academy High School Class of 1946 and subsequently earned her cosmetology degree from Florida Memorial College, St. Augustine. At an early age, she accepted Christ as her personal Savior and was baptized at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church under the pastoral leadership of the late Rev. L. M. Mathis. She was a faithful, dedicated and longtime member of Calvary serving the Lord in numerous ministries, including, Trustee, Choir #2 President and Financial secretary and was recipient of multiple awards. She was a member and former Daughter Ruler of Elk’s Nottage Temple #484, I.B.P.O.E.W., Bethany Court #90, Heroines of Jericho; and former Financial Secretary, Youshidar Chapter #216, Order of Eastern Star. Pearl commenced working at a young age in her father’s Taxi Cab Company and café (Wilson’s Taxi Cab Co.). She later became an entrepreneur, owner and operator of “Pearl’s Beauty Bar” for many years. Initially employed as a substitute teacher within the Putnam County School District, she transitioned to Head Start Teacher. Because of her love for children and passion for education, she subsequently became regional Head Start Director for over 20 years, employed by the Putnam Clay Flagler Economic Opportunity Council.

In addition to her parents and foster parents, Pearl was preceded in eternal rest by her daughters, Eartha Mae and Gwendolyn Fells; son, Maitland Fells; brothers, J.B. Wilson, James Wilson; beloved pet chow, Princess Fells.

To cherish her memories: devoted daughter, Kassandra “Kay” (Rudy) Fells, Hillside, NJ; granddaughter, Evangelist Bridgett (Leamon) Davis III, Orlando; 3 great-grandchildren, Tacoma, Tacarra, and Leamon Davis IV, all of Orlando; loving daughter-in-law, Ella Fells, Palatka; 4 step-grandchildren, Mary Ann (Amos) Brown, Palatka; Edward (Renette) Brown, Columbia, SC; Tyrone (Clarissa) Brown, Atlanta, GA; and Velma (Thomas) Pellicer, Interlachen; 8 step great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Margaret Wilson, Jacksonville; 2 goddaughters; Keondra (Frazier) Brown Bass; Stacy Brown both of Gainesville; 2 godsons; Michael Rutledge, Hawthorne; Bernard Dasher Palatka; loving nephew-son; Richard (Bubba) Hutcherson, Palatka, devoted friend daughters; Glennette (Ben) Dasher; Patricia Brown, Palatka; Ausleen Gittens, Hillside, NJ; long time friend and devoted neighbor; Earline McMillian, Palatka; and a host of loyal nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, extended family members, especially the Brown family Brooklyn, NY and Dr. Norma “Blondie” Jones & Myrna Cann, both of Baltimore, MD.

Visitation of family and Friends will be Friday, January 6, from 5-8 p.m. at the “Chapel of Serenity”. The cortege will assemble at the Fells’ residence, 203 S. 16th Street, Palatka.

Interment will be in Oak Hill West Cemetery, Palatka.