David W. Pearson

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Funeral service for David W. Pearson, 84, will be Thursday, December 3, 2015, at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville with the Revs. Lyle Holland and Andy Curtis officiating. Burial will be in Jacksonville City Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church for one hour prior to service. Mr. Pearson died Sunday, November 29, 2015 at Centre Health & Rehabilitation in Centre, Alabama. Mr. Pearson is survived by his wife of 63 years, Faith Pearson, of Jacksonville; two sons, Alan D. (Jan) Pearson, of Tacoma, Wash. and Phillip W. (Sue) Pearson, of Jacksonville; five grandchildren, Blake Duvall, Christopher Pearson, Emily Pearson, Jackson Pearson and Forrest Pearson. Pallbearers will be David Cunningham, Gene Rhodes, Davy Hedgepath, Knox Newell, Jr. Eubanks, Harold Pearson, Jeremy Pearson, Jarrett Pearson, Blake Duvall, Jackson Pearson, Forrest Pearson, Christopher Pearson, Rodney Hill, Bobby Luttrell, Neal Veazey and Taylor Casey. Honorary pallbearers will be all former employees of Jacksonville State Bank, Industrial Development Boards of Calhoun County and Jacksonville, Wallace Lyons, Gene Boyd, Jerry Pearson, Johnny Smith, KK Verma, David Hedgepath, Jimmy Longshore, Shorty Griffin and Andy Adrian. Mr. Pearson grew up in Sand Rock, Alabama. During World War II, David filled the shoes of his brothers and headed up the family cotton farm and gin. Mr. Pearson then moved to Jacksonville to attend Jacksonville State and remained a resident for the remainder of his life. At Jacksonville Teacher College, he met his beautiful wife, Faith Hedgepath, before beginning his successful life. He served his country in the U. S. Army during the Korean War. A graduate of JSU and a member of First United Methodist Church since 1952, he was past chairman of the Industrial Development Board, former member of the Advisory Board for Girl Scouts, Jacksonville Arts Council, Jacksonville Exchange Club, JSU Honorary Coaches Staff, Alabama Bankers Association and the Greater Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce and Military Affairs. In 1978, he was named Jacksonville Man of the Year. After becoming Alabama's youngest bank president, Mr. Pearson was the chairman for Jacksonville's Development Board which recruited, among others, Federal-Mogul Corporation's Worldwide Distribution Center, Parker-Hannifin Corporation and Shelco Foundries, Inc. Mr. Pearson attributed his success to his honesty, kindness and his positive attitude. He loved his family above all else. He also possessed an inherent craftsmanship that was always on display in his personal workshop, never leaving a tool untouched. Mr. Pearson loved to travel and left no corner of the map unexplored. He and Faith shared many trips together that provided many warm memories. His favorite memory was seeing the penguins in Antartica. Mr. Pearson is preceded in death by his parents, Wiley and Ophelia Pearson; his brothers, Nathan J. Pearson and Forrest Pearson. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 1025, Jacksonville, AL 36265 or the Jacksonville Christian Outreach Center, 206 Francis St., W., Jacksonville, AL 36265. Online condolences to the family at: www.klbrownfuneralhome.com. K.L. Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Center 322 Nisbet St., N.W., Jacksonville, AL 36265 256-435-7042
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Published in The Anniston Star from Dec. 1 to Dec. 2, 2015
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