The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. Psalm: 23: 1-6 (KJV)
Mrs. Eva Jean Pearman Reddick, formerly of Parrott, Georgia, peacefully went home to be with the Lord on Monday, August 9, 2021. She was surrounded by family and friends at her home in Northern, Virginia.
Eva J, as she was also lovingly called by her family and friends, was born in Webster County, Georgia on February 18, 1934, to the late Joseph Andrew Pearman, Sr. and Ruby Lee Shorter Pearman. She was the third child of six children. Four siblings preceded her in death, Walter Marvin Pearman, Jessie James Pearman, Elizabeth Gardner, and Annie Terry.
Eva J was educated in the public schools of Terrell County, Georgia. She was an exceptionally smart and well rounded student, an avid reader, a member of the Carver High School girls’ basketball team, voted onto the Homecoming Queen's Court, and ultimately graduated as Valedictorian of her class at Carver High School in 1954. Eva J was awarded a full scholarship to attend Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, but God led her to Brooklyn, New York to live with her three maternal aunts to become a professional seamstress.
Eva J met the love of her life, the late Cephas Reddick, Sr., while she was in high school. They were united in holy matrimony on June 23, 1957, and they were blessed with four children. Their loving union flourished for fifty-two years.
Eva J confessed and accepted Christ at an early age and joined Jerusalem Baptist Church in Dawson, Georgia. After moving to Philadelphia, she joined Vine Memorial Baptist Church where she served as a Deaconess. Because of her love for children, she served as the director of the youth nursery. That love extended to her work in the elementary school as a teacher's aide. Eva J immersed herself in several other endeavors to include: entrepreneurship, girl scout mentorship, volunteer caregiver, freelance seamstress, and a host of other activities, all the while caring for and fully participating in the lives of her beautiful family.
In 1976, Eva J and her husband made the prayerful decision to relocate their family back to their home state of Georgia. Upon returning to Georgia, she joined Greater 2nd Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, Albany Georgia. She continued to work and support her children's education and activities. Eva J received her certification as a Nurse's Aide from Meadows College and began working at Turner Job Corps until she retired in 1991. She lovingly cared for her parents until their demise. Later, she relocated to Parrott, Georgia and joined New Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church.
She leaves many family members and friends who will miss her dearly but cherish the life she lived and her loving memories to include: four children, Linda (Richard) Foltz of Miami, Florida, Vinitha Robinson of Cornelia, Georgia, Carol Ware of Lorton, Virginia, and Cephas, Jr. (Valerie) Reddick of Montclair, Virginia; one brother, Joseph (Dorothy) Pearman of Decatur, Georgia, two sisters-in-law, Gloria Reddick of Dover, Delaware and Thelma McCoy of Detroit, Michigan; one son-in-law, Rev. Gregory Robinson of Stone Mountain, Georgia; eight grandchildren, Anthony (Kara), Chenitha, Christen (Antoine), Tabitha (Moses), Brandon (Ryan), Kamara (Irving), Cephas III, and Alayna; eight great-grandchildren, K'La, Anthony, Jr., Kamryn, Arianna, Kamil, Titus, Iylah, Alora-Grace; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, goddaughters, godsons, and other relatives.
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