Pearlie Mae Thomas

April 30, 1935September 13, 2020

Pearlie Mae Thomas, age 85, of Bloomington passed away, Sunday, Sept. 13 at her residence. Born April 30, 1935 in Joiner, Arkansas, she was the daughter of Julius and Essie Mae (Spain) Clanton. Pearlie was a professional cook and prior to retirement worked at the Richland-Bean Blossom Health Care Center. Pearlie loved cooking in her free time as well and spending time with her family and church family. She was a member of the Lighthouse Community Church. Pearlie is survived by her three daughters, Barbara Porter and Aleana Jones, both of Bloomington and Glenda Hardin, of Gary, one son, Willie Porter, of Bloomington; two sisters, Maggie (Jerry) Turley, of Chicago, Illinois and Johnnie Shaw, of Plano, Illinois and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Will Porter, father, Julius Clanton, her mother, Essie Mae (Spain) Clanton Garner, one sister, Earlene Clanton, two brothers, William Paul Neal and Leroy McGhee, two grandsons, Tracie Malone and Leon Malone and one great-grandson, Matthew Allen. The funeral service will be Wednesday at 12 Noon at the Lighthouse Community Church with Pastor Derek L. House officiating. Burial will follow in White Oak Cemetery. Friends may visit the family at the church on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon. The family suggests memorial contributions be given to I.U. Health; Bloomington Hospice. Online condolences may be given at


  • I.U. Health; Bloomington Hospice


  • Family and Friends Gathering

    Wednesday, September 23, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, September 23, 2020


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Diane Smith and Family

September 23, 2020

We extend our deepest sympathies to the family. May the soul of your mother, Mama Pearlie as I called her be at peace with our Heavenly Father.🙏 We are deeply saddened by the news of your loss. May the love of those around you all provide comfort and peace to get you all through the days ahead. My most sincere condolences,
Love Diane and The Family ❤️

Wanda Hosea

September 19, 2020

My sincere condolences to the family of Mother Pearlie Mae Thomas. I bless the Lord for the gift of Mother Pearlie in my life. She always had a kind and encouraging word for me and my children. She was a source of inspiration and wisdom during some of my most challenging times in life. She would tell me, "Girl, don't you worry about nothing; God will take care of you." Our sweet Mother Pearlie will be greatly missed!

Much love,
Pastor Wanda Hosea

Pastor Gilbert Cherri Thornton

September 18, 2020

Loving memories of a beautiful, kind, hard working saint. Take your rest child of God. Prayers and thoughts are with Willie, Barb, Alena, Glenda, Jonathan and the rest of the Family.
Pastor Gilbert & Cherri Thornton

Sherra Hunt

September 18, 2020

Dear Family!
My heart is heavy but my mind and Spirit are lifted. Mother Perlie will be missed by us all. I know that she loved God!
Her laugh and beautiful smile will always be imprinted in my memory. May the Lord keep and encourage all of you. My prayers are with both her natural family and her Lighthouse family.
Love you all,
Sister Sherra


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