Julia Ann Pearson-Ashby was born in Columbia SC to the late Annie Brosia- Pearson and Perry Whaley on October 18th 1946. She was the youngest of three girls. Julia attended public school in Columbia SC. She was introduced to the Lord by her family, whom were lifetime members of the Brown Chapel AME Church. After graduating from high school, she migrated to New York, where she began her career as a Facility Assistant at the New York Telephone company, from which she took an early retirement after twenty-eight years of service.
She married Curtis R Ashby and blended their families on September 2nd of 1998 in New York City, and moved to the Bronx; they were married for twenty–two years. Together they traveled throughout 50 states, the Caribbean, and even abroad to places like Europe. In 2003 the Lord led Julia to join the Greater Universal Baptist Church, where she became a Deaconess, attended Sunday School, was a member of the Sanctuary Choir, Spiritual Enrichment Hour Bible class; she was also the co-chair of the women’s fellowship. She loved to Volunteer, and help the community. She was an active member with AAPR, the Concourse Village Special Adults committee, and the Jackson Ave Democratic Club. She was bless with a large loving family who loved her dearly. She has a very close and loving relationship with her granddaughter Shaniqua Pearson. She was a wife, a mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, cousin and friend.
Julia is preceded in death by her son Adrian Pearson, her sisters Lillie Bell-Pearson, and Patsy Alice Inabinet. She is survived by her husband Curtis, R Ashby Sr., his daughters Melissa Ashby, Renee Ashby-Stewart, and his son Curtis R. Ashby Jr.; their grandchildren Shaniqua Pearson, Gregory, Michelle, Israel, Ashely, Najee, Malik, and Christian; their great-grandchildren Autumn Pearson, Shawn Pearson, Makayla Johnson, Maurice Johnson Jr., Yanee, Chase, Jatziry, Logan, Jayceon, Nyla, and Aria; her cousins Phyllis Huggins, Helen Boyd, and a host of family & friends.
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