Pearlis Lee Finney was born in Salisbury, Maryland on January 11, 1928 to the late James H. Finney and the late Lottie A. Finney. Leaving his childhood home in Parksley, Virginia, Pearlis moved to Harford County, where he met and married Minnie Smith in 1946, to who he remained devoted to for nearly 74 years. All recognized Pearlis and Minnie as a beautiful couple who truly loved one another. They spent nearly every day together, since the time they were married.
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With Minnie, God blessed Pearlis with two daughters, Shirley and Cecelia, and three granddaughters, Michelle, Monica, and Morgan. Pearlis spent his life doting on “his girls”. No birthday, Valentine’s Day, or special occasion was ever missed. He carried in his wallet a folded paper with the Bomboy candy favorite of each of his girls -- ready for any occasion. After nearly 20 years of unfolding and refolding, the paper fell apart while placing his order. The sales clerks at Bomboy’s were so moved that they handwrote a new list for him to carry in his wallet for another 20 years.
Pearlis had a lifelong relationship with God. He was a member of the United Methodist Church for several decades before joining Mt. Zion Baptist Church in 1991, where he served as a Trustee and as a member of the Finance Committee, the Senior Choir, and the advisory committee for Mt. Zion’s expansion. Several years ago, Pearlis and Minnie were honored for their service to Mt. Zion.
Pearlis spent his career managing several lumber companies: Livezey Lumber Company, the Building Supply Center, and Kefauver Lumber Company. He was well respected in the community for his knowledge and expertise in Home Improvement. During his retirement, Pearlis volunteered his time with Meals On Wheels, served as an Election Judge for the Harford County Board of Elections, and became a member of the Harford County Lions Club.
In the early 1960’s, Pearlis met Major John Carr, who was a military dentist stationed in Aberdeen, introduced Pearlis to the game of golf! Beyond his love for God, his wife and family, Pearlis’ love for golf was his greatest passion, and golf loved him. With practice and perseverance, Pearlis worked to perfect his game. He won many tournaments, including the Grand Dad’s Tournament in 1977. Pearls also founded the Aberdeen Birdies golf team. In his late-70’s, Pearlis scored a Hole-In-One that received a mention on ESPN. Pearlis was always willing to impart his golf wisdom and share his skill with anyone who wanted to learn.
Pearlis was also an avid dancer. Many will remember him for his dance skill and the contagion of fun he spread on the dance floor. Members of the Young at Heart Club can attest to the sheer liveliness and joy he brought to the dance floor on Wednesdays when his favorite songs were played. Club members encircled him on the dance floor and witnessed his dance moves with total fascination as he transformed from a 90-year-old who needed a walker into someone who could move with tireless effort.
Pearlis leaves to cherish his memory his loving and devoted wife, Minnie; two daughters, Shirley Warfield (Donald), and Cecelia Finney; granddaughters Michelle Pack, Monica Warfield, and Morgan Bush (Matthew); great granddaughter, Ashley Baum (Andrew); great grandsons; Joshua Pack, Christopher Warfield (Morgan), and Andrew Pack; great-great granddaughters: Alexa Warfield, Adleigh Baum; great-great grandson, Braxton Warfield and a host of relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents, Pearlis was preceded in death by his step-mother Viola Finney; sisters, Frances Cain and Cordelia Gray; and many other relatives and friends.
Rest in peace, Pearlis. A beautiful, full and happy life -- very well lived.