Annie “Pearl” Gardner Mitchell
On April 18, 2014, Annie “Pearl” (Gardner) Mitchell departed this life. Her remains will be placed near her father, Jesse Gardner, at Greater Riverside Cemetery in Hearne. Born December 26, 1941 to Jesse and Gladys (Williams) Gardner, Pearl graduated from Blackshear High School in 1961. Her aunt, Beulah Drones along with cousins, Bernice Drones Butler and John Anna Drones Myles, helped relocate Pearl to San Francisco, where she earned her Associate’s Degree in Social Work.
She moved to Richmond, CA and worked at Richmond Unified School District for more than 25 years. She was a member of Old Elam Missionary Baptist Church in Hearne, then St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church in Richmond.
Years after retiring Pearl moved to College Station to be near her brother Dorsey Gardner. Her parents, her son, Kevin John Gardner; sisters, Doris Gardner Garrett, Annie Mae Staten and Bertha Henry; and brothers Johnny Gardner and Dorsey Gardner, all preceded Pearl in death.
Survivors include two special nephews, Karlton Gardner of Las Vegas and Malik Garrett of Houston; aunt, Mattie Vera Hutchins of Hearne; and numbers other relatives and friends.