Pearl Moody

May 13, 1917 ~ May 24, 2021 (age 104)


Today we gather to acknowledge and celebrate the new life into which she has entered eternal life in the presence of her God and Lord. Those of us who knew her knew she was not ashamed to praise the Lord.

A Time to be Born - Ecclesiastes 3:2

Pearl Bartlett was born May 13, 1917, in York County Virginia, in a place then known as “Cooke Town” on Waller Mill Road, to Wesley and Pearl Bartlett. She was the third of six siblings which were Flossie, Florence, Pearl, Albert, Charles, and Eleonora all of who preceded her in death.

A Time to Edify - Proverbs 22:6

Pearl increased her knowledge through Correspondent courses, bible courses, and Millinery courses to be able to make hats and floral arranging courses.

A Time to be Saved - John 3:5

Pearl was nurtured in a Christian home. At an early age, she accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior and was baptized and became a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church.  After many years at Oak Grove, she joined hands in fellowship with St. John Baptist Church, where she was an active member until her health prevented her from doing so.

A Time to Love - Ecclesiastes 3:9

Pearl loved people.  She was married to the late Frank Burnell for more than 30 years.  She later married the late Ralph Candies Moody Sr. She loved her family and friends with a passion.  Nothing was too much for her to do for them. She raised her cousin Shirley Wallace from the age of 3 until she was married. She was also good to her grandchildren, Kosha, Sonar, Jonathan, Marley, Thomasine, Nelson, Tracy, nieces, nephews, and the list could go on.

A Time to Labor - Genesis 3:19

Pearl began her lifelong vocation as a Custodian at the Brush House with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.  At times she worked at Carter’s Grove Plantation. She enjoyed both place because of their beauty and her love for the finer things in life. She retired after 38 years of service and made many friends.

A Time to Serve - 1 Peter 4:10

Pearl was a faithful daughter, family member, and friend. Whatever she did, she did it wholeheartedly. She would never leave a job half done.  She was a Scout Leader, Usher, Gospel Chorus Member, Altar Guild, Pastor’s Aid, and Busy Bee Club. She loved to sew millinery hats and make floral arrangements.

A Time to Be with the Lord - Numbers 23:10

Pearl will be sorely missed by all those who knew and loved her.  On Sunday, May 23, 2021, the Lord sent His angels to St. Francis Nursing Center on a special mission.  At the age of 104, she departed from this earthly home to her mansion in heaven. Her laughter and quick wit, hugs, and kisses will no longer be a part of our day-to-day reality. However, the legacy of her love and happy memories will forever linger in the hearts of her son, Frank Burnell (Terresa); cousin, Shirley Wallace (Lloyd); grandchildren, Kosha, Sonar, Marley, Nelson (Angie), and Tracy; nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of caring friends.


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Family Receiving Friends
May 28, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Whiting's Funeral Home
7005 Pocahontas Trail
Williamsburg, VA 23185

Drive-In Funeral Service
May 29, 2021

11:00 AM
St. John Baptist Church (Williamsburg)
1397 Penniman Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23185

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