Stephen Vincent Pearce

  • Born: May 10, 1970
  • Died: April 19, 2020
  • Location: Leesburg, Virginia

Ames Funeral Home

8914 Quarry Road
Manassas, VA 20110

Tel. (703) 368-2814

Tribute & Message From The Family

"There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens." Ecclesiastes 3:1
A time to be born. Stephen Vincent Pearce of Johannesburg, South Africa, was born on May 10, 1970 in Hampton, Virginia. He was the oldest of two children born unto Mr. Johnny R. Pearce and Mrs. Aundre' C. Pearce.
When Stephen (Steve) was a child, he accepted Christ through baptism and became a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Steelton, Pennsylvania. He served with the Youth Choir and the Jr. Usher Board.
A time to grow. Steve was raised in the Hodges Heights neighborhood in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania from the age of 8 years old. He enjoyed playing a host of childhood games outside and inside with his friends including, basketball, football, kickball, electric football, Uno, Checkers, Atari, and any other conceivable game children who grew up in the eighties played. Steve graduated with honors in 1988 from Central Dauphin High School, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
After high school, Steve matriculated to The University of Virginia (UVA) in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Commerce, with concentrations in Management and Finance in 1992. During his time at UVA, Steve was affiliated with many organizations, but none more loved than his fraternity. Steve was #1, Spring 89, Equilibrium, Eta Sigma Chapter, Kappa Alpha Psi. Following undergraduate studies, Steve continued his pursuit of academic excellence at Tulane University, A.B. Freeman School of Business in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance.
A time to build. After receiving his MBA, Steve built a career in Financial Services. This initially took him to New York. A few of his fraternity brothers moved to South Africa, so Steve had the opportunity to visit. After his first or second trip, he decided he wanted to live there. He started sending his resume to companies in South Africa and eventually landed a position. He was thrilled and moved to South Africa in 1999. He grew his career in Financial Services in South Africa for 20 years, starting as an associate for McKinsey & Company, culminating as a Senior Vice President and investment banker for Musa Capital.
A time to love. Stephen met his love, Toa, at a mutual friend's 40th birthday dinner. They hit it off immediately and began dating. After a few dates, they discovered they shared many common interests including sports, music, and travel. Steve and Toa/Toa and Steve married on October 25, 2010. To this union, they were blessed with two beautiful daughters, Zawadi and Anaya.
Stephen was a member of St. Michael's Anglican Church in Bryanston, South Africa.
A time for culture. Steve was proud to be part of his new family, the Malumos. He gained new parents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. He became part of the family, embracing African culture and enjoying all the family gatherings and parties hosted by his South African friends and family. He had incredible and enriching experiences that included slaughtering a goat, safaris, travel to China, Europe, and most of the African countries.
A time for recreation. Steve loved sports. Anyone who knew him, knew that he was a fanatic. He could quote every statistic about every team and athlete playing college or professional basketball or football. In high school he played basketball and ran track. As an adult, he became an avid runner and continued to play basketball recreationally. In addition to his love of football and basketball, Steve developed a love for soccer and cultivated his golf game while living in South Africa. His rare talent as a walking sports statistics encyclopedia also continued to flourish. If you knew Steve and you thought you knew anything about any sport, then you had a debate with him about sports, but you never won. Steve was 24/7 sports and ESPN.
A time of peace. After a fierce and courageous battle with cancer, Steve lost his fight and was delivered from pain into a life of eternal joy on Sunday, April 19, 2020 surrounded by his family. To cherish his memory and live out his legacy, Steve leaves his loving wife, Toa; two beautiful daughters, Zawadi, age 9 and Anaya, age 5; and one son, Kopano Malumo, all of Johannesburg, South Africa; his mother and father, Aundre' C. and Johnny R. Pearce of Chesapeake, Virginia; his sister, Sonja Robinson (Bryant) of Leesburg, Virginia; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Daphne and Humphrey Malumo of Harare, Zimbabwe; his sisters-in-law, Inonge Malumo and Zanele Malumo; his brothers-in-law Tebogo Malumo (Phumza) and Kabo Malumo (Kakanyo); his fraternity brothers; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Steve was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, Andrew and Hazel B. Carter and James and Pearl D. Pearce.

A life well lived is a precious gift,
of hope and strength and grace,
from someone who has made our world
a brighter, better place.

It's filled with moments, sweet and sad
with smiles and sometimes tears,
with friendships formed and good times shared,
and laughter through the years.

A life well lived is a legacy,
of joy and pride and pleasure,
a living, lasting memory
our grateful hearts will treasure.
~Author Unknown~

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Condolence & Memory Journal


We miss you so much and think about you every hour of every day

Posted by Toa Pearce - Johannesburg - spouse   July 15, 2021

My brother your light will shine on forevermore!
You touched many who will love you until the day after never.

Posted by Jantonio Turner - Friend   May 10, 2020

Godspeed my brother! You were one of a kind!

Posted by Chris Pagano - Harrisburg, PA - friend   April 27, 2020

Buti Steve, such a gentle and kind soul. I will always remember the weekend we shared as couples at the jazz festival in Cape Town. It has truly been an honour to call you my brother. Your legacy of love will live on in your girls, Zawadi and Anaya. Thank you for cherishing and loving my sister, Toa; yours will always be a one of a kind love. We will always remember you. Rest in eternal Peace.

Posted by Kemo Kazingizi - Brisbane - Brother   April 25, 2020

You fought a good fight, but now it's time for you to rest. You're gone from us, but never forgotten. You will forever be in our hearts. Love the Adams Family.

Posted by Capricia/Maggie Adams - Fayetteville, NC - Family   April 24, 2020


Rudy and I are at a loss for words during this sorrowful time. Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in our hearts.
We do pray that the love we share for you two and your family, will bring comfort and peace in some small way.
"Those we have held in our arms for a little while, we hold in our hearts forever."

Posted by Vernona and Rudy Reid - Hampton, VA - Friend   April 24, 2020

Steve, my wonderful s'bali. I will always treasure the memories of the times we shared, all the family milestones we went through together - and, of course the whiskey. Things will never be the same for me and, I trust, the Malumos. I will do my best to support Toa and to be good Malone to the girls. Hamba kalhle.

Posted by Mpumelelo Malumo - Johannesburg - Family   April 24, 2020

Dear Johnny, Aundre', Sonja and the Pearce Family, Our deepest condolences and prayers are extended to you. From the age of 8 years old when your family moved into the neighborhood, it was always a joy to see Steve and talk to him because he was always a little gentleman. He was a good big brother, always watching over Sonja and her friends Johnnell and Nicole. Our merciful God did not want him to suffer any longer. Rest in Peace Steve, we'll always remember you and meet again some day.
John and Rosetta Archie, Harrisburg, Pa, April 23,2020

Posted by John Archie - Harrisburg, PA - Family Friend   April 23, 2020

My thoughts and prayers go out to Steve's family!! I am so sorry for your loss.
Robey Duke
Eta Sigma
Spring 1986

Posted by Robey Duke - Bethesda, MD - Friend   April 23, 2020

It has been a long time since we've seen you but want you to know our prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time. May Stephen Rest In Peace and may his memories sustain you and give you comfort and peace. Maxine and Stenette Byrd, Suffolk, Virginia (Friends Club/Hampton)

Posted by Maxine&Stenette Byrd - Suffolk, VA - Acquaintance   April 23, 2020

Love and light to the family during your time of grieving. Just know that he's right there with Aunt Hazel watching over you all.

Posted by Jocelyn Hamilton - Virginia Beach, VA   April 23, 2020


Dear Steve - Rest in Peace. Your beautiful soul will be dearly remembered.

Dear Toa, the Girls and the broader family & friends

I wish you strength at this difficult time. May the Holy Spirit envelop you and make his presence felt. We are with you in your mourning and we will continue to lift you up in prayer. We send you love, courage, faith and perseverance. God bless you all!

With Love from the Makari Family

Posted by Audrey Husayihwevu Makari - South Africa - Sister   April 23, 2020

Respectful Steve, thank you for the love you had for Toa, the girls and family, it bound us altogether. May you rest in eternal peace African Son. Gogo May and Tete Neo.

Posted by Neo Mukono - Johannesburg, VA - Family   April 23, 2020

Rest In Heaven my dear cousin.

Posted by Sandra Thomas - Garner, NC - Family   April 23, 2020

On behalf of my family, we extend our deepest and most heartfelt sympathies to Stephen's family. He was a wonderful young man. We are lifting his wife, children, parents, sister and extended family in prayer.

Posted by M. Nichelle Chivis - Harrisburg, PA - Friend   April 23, 2020

Mama and Rre Pearce, Toa, SOnja and the rest of the family. On Monday we called the girls to tell them about Uncle Steve and had an over hour long conversation in which it became clear just how profoundly he had touched all of and how much we loved him. A beautiful light went out on Monday and a bright star that will live forever in our hearts appeared in the heavens. Our deepest condolences and love always.
Oupa, Karabo and the Girls

Posted by Oupa Mothibatsela - Brother   April 23, 2020

My deepest sympathies to the Pearce family and friends. Lifting you all up in my thoughts and prayers during this time of grieving. Brother Steve, may you rest in peace on the Golden Shore. Yours in the Bond, Brandon Atkins Eta Sigma Spring '90- University of Virginia

Posted by Brandon Atkins - South Orange, NJ - Friend   April 23, 2020

Our sympathy to the family. May you find comfort in knowing that your friends offer support during this trying time. Keep looking to God for further peace. Earl and Constance Mabry

Posted by Earl Mabry - Portsmouth, VA - Family Friend   April 23, 2020

To the Family:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and the Perry Family is raising you up in your time of need and comfort. Steve was all that the obituary described and he was one of the most kindhearted and nice people you could know. He was a friend and my Fraternity Brother and he will be missed. Rest in Peace and until we meet on the Golden Shores My Brother.

Posted by Robert Perry - GILBERTSVILLE, PA - Friend   April 23, 2020


May God bless and comfort the entire family and those who loved Steve during this difficult period; my deepest condolences.

Posted by Amanda Chukura - Johannesburg   April 23, 2020

Our heart goes out to the Pearce family, close families and friends. We thank God for the love, sunshine, wisdom and coolness that Steve brought into all our lives and especially to Toa and the girls. We pray that the family will be wrapped in and draw comfort and strength from the abundant love shared and given by all of us privileged to have known and been touched by such a lovely soul, Steve. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Lulu Sianga - London   April 23, 2020

Steve, May your souls rest in eternal peace.

Posted by Sewela Molewa - Johannesburg   April 23, 2020

Sending my deepest condolences and prayers of strength to Steve's loved ones during this difficult time. May the joy and laughter he brought to all our lives so effortlessly be a source of comfort and carried in our hearts always. -Leila Akahloun, Johannesburg

Posted by Leila Akahloun - South Africa - Friend   April 23, 2020

Steve may you rest in Jesus and in His peace and His love. You loved, you lived, You will be dearly missed by all of us. Love The Mandaza's

Posted by Walter Mandaza - Pretoria - Brother   April 23, 2020

Steve was a true friend and confidant to many brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi around the world. Our hearts are broken but we know he has now reached that Golden Shore. Our deep and sincere condolences go out to his entire family. He will be sorely missed but never forgotten. Rest in perfect peace NUPE!!!

Posted by Kojo Mills - Bethesda, MD - Friend   April 23, 2020

Dear Aundre and Johnny, My deepest condolences for your loss. Sending prayers for you and the family during this time of sadness.

Posted by Mary-Regina Baker Donaldson & Tyrone Donaldson - Columbia, SC - Family   April 23, 2020


Posted by John Peoples - Fulton, MD - Friend   April 23, 2020

Steve u lived up to the Zulu adage that loosely translated says "the most precious piece of crockery is the one that breaks first". This adage describes uto the t.Our brief encounters at family gatherings last of which was at Tshidi and Shebos wedding endeared me to u evenmore. May your soul rest in peace. Aunty Naledi

Posted by Naledi Mosaka - Family   April 23, 2020

Ma and Pa Pearce as we fondly call you in the Malumo family, Saying sorry won't cut it as Steve was special to us beyond words. he embraced us and we had no choice but to love him completely. He proudly took the responsibility of being married to a Female father Toa with such gusto and appreciation of African culture. Oh what a joy and a pleasure to have known him and loved him. oh Steve who will add value to the Malumos with me? Who will share that delicious bottle of red wine with me? Who will eat my food with such appreciation that made me preen with pride? Thank you Heavenly Father for giving us Steve even though the time is too short. Rest in eternal peace my Brother and know you were loved and appreciated ever so much.Ma and Pa Pearce and Sonya be proud of the son and brother you shared with us. Our hearts are sore that we could not be there to give our beloved Steve a befitting send off God bless and comfort you in this tough time.

Posted by Lisa Malumo - Johannesburg - Family   April 23, 2020

Uncle Steve, thank you for the happiness and joy you brought into my Rakgadi's life. Thank you for loving her enough to embrace your new role in our lives. I was privileged enough to have you by my side playing an integral role in my nuptials and in helping my husband navigate being married to a Malumo. Even though I wish you could have stayed with us a little bit longer, I thank God for the time we got experience everything you are. To grandma and grandpa Pearce, thank you for raising an amazing man. To my Rakgadi and sisters, we are here for you always. May God strengthen and comfort you during this difficult time.

Posted by Motlatsi Moroa - Johannesburg - Family   April 23, 2020

Ou'boet Steve. You have a permanent place in our family. Thank you for loving Toa, and thank you for your beautiful girls. We love you, always.

Posted by Sedireng Mothibatsela - Family   April 23, 2020

May your soul Rest In Peace Uncle Steve. You will miss your cool and chilled spirit. Family gatherings won't the same without your dance moves. Vuyi & Yoli Malumo

Posted by Yoli Malumo - South, WY - Family   April 23, 2020

My heart goes out to the Pearce family today. May God continue to wrap his arms around you at this time. God bless you.

Posted by Perrise Hatcher Saluhdin - Harrisburg, PA - Family Friend   April 23, 2020


May God continue to wrap you in His love and bathe you with His comfort and peace. I love you. My prayers are with you and your family. Always, your sister in Christ, Patty Keys

Posted by Patty Keys - Harrisburg, PA - Family Friend   April 23, 2020

What a humble force. Always saying the right things - the things I neeeded to hear, whether I wanted to or not. An incredible uncle and an unbelievable father. Thank you for the time we shared. Thank you for the lessons you taught. Thank you for the love you shared. My heart goes out to the entire Pearce family. You will be fiercely missed uncle Steve. May you rest in Power.

Posted by Mpumelelo (Lolo) Malumo - Johannesburg - Family   April 23, 2020

Sending prayers for your family!! It has been so long since I connected with Steve. Last time we connected was in Feb 2016 when I reached out to him when I was considering taking a job in Africa. I knew that following his lead was always a good thing; I should have done that more often. I think back to our times through junior high and high school, and it was a great connection we had, especially since we were usually the only two in the room representing "us". On the track was another place where we spent a lot of time together. The 800 meter man. My brother - my friend. Love you Steve. -- Love Rob Windom and family, CD c/o '88

Posted by Robert Windom - Harrisburg, PA - Friend   April 23, 2020

Steve was such a kind man - always smiling and welcoming to all of us. We will dearly miss him. Sincere condolences to Toa the children and the entire family. From Chita, Mukwandi and family, Zambia.

Posted by Mukwandi Chibesakunda - Lusaka - Family   April 23, 2020


Words are inadequate to express condolences to all who loved Steve. I am grateful for the brother he was, and for the love and light he brought into our lives. His spirit will live on as we remember his life well lived. Love and blessings to mama Pearce, papa Pearce, Sonja, our sister Toa, and his precious children - thank you for sharing the gift of Steve with us all

Posted by Lebo Mothibatsela - Gaborone - Family   April 23, 2020

Words cannot begin to express the profound sense of sorrow and bereavement on the loss of Stephen. We share your pain and pray earnestly that our Heavenly Father comfort us, bless us with strength and guide us with His spirit through this dark night.
"May the Lord bless you and keep you; may he make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; may he lift up his countenance upon you , and give you peace.

Posted by Kabo,Kk and kids Malumo - Gaborone - Family   April 23, 2020

May God bless and comfort you as you grieve, sending you love and praying for your entire family during this time.

Posted by Robin Santana - KIssimmee, FL - Family   April 23, 2020


Deepest condolences on the loss of an amazing son, brother, husband and father. We are ever grateful for Steve's presence in our lives and extend our heartfelt sympathy on your loss. You are in our hearts and prayers..

Posted by Shebo and Tshidi Mothibatsela - Johannesburg - Family   April 23, 2020

Please know the Gumby/Monroe Family shares in your grief. We are thinking about you and praying for you now and in the days ahead. God bless you. Love, Angela, Danielle and Nate Jr.

Posted by Angela Gumby - Harrisburg, PA - Family Friend   April 23, 2020

I will always remember you Uncle Steve... standing by my side , beaming smiles and positivity , cheering me on , ready to support and love me in every way possible .You loved my Rakgadi , the girls and our family in ways I only dreamed of . You are resting now but for selfish reasons I wish you were still here .

I love you and know you will always watch over us . Rest In peace my dear uncle ❤

Posted by Bongi Malumo - Johannesburg - Family   April 23, 2020


To my other family, the Pearces. As Toa's sister I grieve with you, struggling to accept the loss of such a beautiful soul, yet feeling blessed and anchored in the Lord's love and great comfort at this time. Thank you for sharing Steve with us, and as a family we look forward to together ensuring his beautiful daughters grow up to be all they are meant to be, hedged in by our love, guidance and support. As you well know, he was extremely close to my Khanyi. The two of them shared a love many of us witnessed, and none of us will ever be able to adequately describe. Receive my deepest condolences, and my personal thanks to you for so lovingly caring for him during his illness. He rests in peace, and we rest in the knowledge we carry him in our hearts always and will one day see him again. I love you all and give God thanks for you.

Posted by Inongé Malumo - Johannesburg - Family   April 23, 2020

Dear Aundre and Johnny,
Deepest condolences and prayers are extended to you and your family.
Love, Peace and Blessings,

- Margaret Giles Lee-HU '65

Posted by Margaret Lee - Hampton, VA - Classmate   April 23, 2020

Our condolences on the passing of your son, Stephen. We are deeply saddened by the loss that you and your family have encountered. ... May our condolences bring you comfort and may our prayers ease the pain of this loss. We offer you our thoughts, prayers and well-wishes during this dark time in your life. We pray that God comfort you all like no one can.

Posted by Mr & Mrs Earnest Pearce - Dallas, GA - Family   April 22, 2020

Johnny and Aundre,
So sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you during this part of your journey. Condolences are sent on behalf of the NHAA, INC. Hampton Family. Protocol Chair

Posted by Edna B Johnson - GREENSBORO, NC - Classmate   April 22, 2020

Condolences on your loss. Peace and comfort during this time

Posted by Sherrill McMillan    April 22, 2020


On behalf of all the members of Chosen Friends Lodge #43, we offer our deepest condolences to the Pearce family.

Jason L. Brown
Worshipful Master

Posted by Jason Brown    April 22, 2020

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Sending prayers for your family!! It has been so long since I connected with Steve. Last time we connected was in Feb 2016 when I reached out to him when I was considering taking a job in Africa. I knew that following his lead was always a good thing; I should have done that more often. I think back to our times through junior high and high school, and it was a great connection we had, especially since we were usually the only two in the room representing "us". On the track was another place where we spent a lot of time together. The 800 meter man. My brother - my friend. Love you Steve. -- Love Rob Windom and family, CD c/o '88