GERALD RUSSELL PEARSON, JR. Gerald Russell Pearson Jr. of Wrightsville Beach passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center after a lingering illness. Russ, son of the late Commander G. R. Pearson Sr. (USN Retired) and the late Marguerite Lucille Neptune Pearson of Sanford, Florida, was born at North Island Naval Hospital, Coronado, California, on May 30, 1944. Being a Navy brat, he was raised and attended school in many different locations in the United States and Japan. He graduated from Seminole High School in Sanford, Florida in 1962 and the University of Florida in Gainesville in 1968. Russ retired from General Electric in 2001 after 32 years of service in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New York and Wilmington. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Susan Leary Pearson, his daughter and son-in-law, Shawn and Tom Manning and their sons Jeremiah Kai Manning and Fisher Pearson Manning of Wilmington. His brother and sister-in-law Jim and Joan Pearson of Zellwood, Florida. His sister and brother-in-law Jeanette and Bob Burns of Gambier, Ohio. He is further survived by an extended family of in-laws and nieces and nephews. There will be no service but a celebration of Russ' life will be held for family and close friends. Memorials may be made to the NHRMC Foundation, 2259 South 17th St., Wilmington, NC 28401 to honor the nursing and medical staff that cared for Russ so tirelessly over the months of his illness. You know who you are. Please share memories and condolences with the family at www.wilmingtoncares.com . Wilmington Funeral and Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099
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Published in the Wilmington Star-News from May 15 to May 16, 2013