Obituary

Annie Pearl Pearson Wilder, daughter of the late James S. Pearson and Viola Newton Pearson, was born on July 31, 1934 in High Point, North Carolina. She departed this earthly life and entered the ‘Master’s Joy’ on November 16, 2017. Annie Pearl transitioned peacefully at her home in Raleigh, North Carolina after a long illness. She passed peacefully in the company of her loving husband of nearly 61 years.

Annie Pearl graduated from Washington High School in 1952, and graduated from Winston-Salem Teacher’s College in 1956 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education. Her first teaching job was in Elizabethtown, North Carolina. Annie Pearl married Wilbert A. Wilder, Jr. “Bo,” in 1956. During this time, Annie Pearl traveled with her husband and children to various United States Air Force Bases, including New Mexico, Alaska, New Hampshire, Germany, and Texas. Her travel provided teaching opportunities in Germany and Texas. In 1974, her family moved to Raleigh, North Carolina where she taught school at Longview Elementary School, and Millbrook Elementary School. After 20 years of teaching, she made the decision to retire. Annie Pearl was active with the Washington High Alumni Association where she assisted her husband, Bo, who was the Washington High Alumni Association President. She was a member of the Smiling Age Club.

Annie Pearl is survived by her lifelong companion and loving husband, Wilbert (“Bo”); her children, Alfred Wilder, Charmaine Wilder Leeks, both of Raleigh, NC, and Mandison (Wanda) of Kennesaw, GA; six grandchildren, Jordan Wilder, Cameron Wilder, Morgan James, Gerard Wilder, Myles Wilder, and Logan Leeks; her sisters, Brenda and Linda Pearson of Clayton, NC and Marie Dixon of Boston, MA; two brothers, Jeff (Pandora), Mike, and Stafford of Clayton, NC; two brothers, Gary Mitchell of Garner, NC, and Craig Finch of Clayton, NC; five sisters-in-law, Ruby Swift, Jean Wilder, Genese Grady, Addie Scott, and Deborah Wilder; three brothers-in-law, Reverend J. Bernard Wilder, Mandison (M.C.) Wilder, and Roger Wilder; one aunt Lucy Blue of Raleigh, NC; and a host of nieces, nephews cousins, other relatives and friends.

Funeral service 12:00 noon Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at St. Matthew AME Church, 1629 Bennett Street, Raleigh, NC preceded by an 11:30 AM visitation. Interment will follow at Carolina Biblical Gardens.

Viewing from 2:00 - 8:00 PM Tuesday November 21, 2017 at Haywood Funeral Home.