Glenn Ray Pearson

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Glenn Ray Pearson, 80, went to be with Jesus on Sunday afternoon, April 27, at his home on Toledo Bend Lake. Glenn devoted his life to his Lord, his family, and education. Though he touched thousands of lives, he will be missed most by his devoted wife of sixty-two years, his children, his grandchildren, and his great-grandchildren. He is survived by his beautiful wife, Annie, of Hemphill, his children: Terri Webb and husband, Ken, of Hemphill, and Paula Pearson, of Hemphill, and his grandchildren: Brandon and Allison Barton of Arlington, Spencer and Shannon Smith of Katy, David and Maisie Benoit of Port Neches, and Devin and Liz Jones of Hemphill, and his great-grandchildren: Avaree Grace Barton, Bryer Ray Jones, Felicity Aria Barton, and Evyn Pearson Smith. He is also survived by his brother, James, and sister-in-law, Ruby, of Dallas. Mr. Pearson wore many hats in his life. He was a coach, a friend, a college basketball player, a deacon, a mid-shipman, a superintendent, a teacher, a gardener, a fisherman, and so much more, but his greatest legacy forever fills the hearts of his family and those that lovingly call him Grandaddy. Mr. Pearson was a life-long educator. He began his career as a coach and teacher in 1958, in Bridge City ISD, and he retired as superintendent of the same school district in 1990. He became the youngest superintendent in the south at age 33, when he took over the leadership of Bridge City ISD. Mr. Pearson was currently superintendent of Hemphill Independent School District. During his service as superintendent at Hemphill, he accomplished many building projects, the last being the new elementary school, which is under construction at this time. HISD earned first place in Academic UIL for the past eighteen years, and Mr. Pearson was called back four times, from 1996 until the present time, to lead the school as superintendent. His many years of leadership and dedication will be remembered as one of the longest careers in the state of Texas. He will be missed both as a gentleman and administrator. Glenn and Annie Pearson not only believed in serving the children of Texas in Education, but they also believed in serving their country as well. Mr. Pearson is a proud veteran of the United States Navy. He was also an active deacon of Second Baptist Church in Bridge City, Texas, as well as a member of First Baptist Church of Hemphill. He is tremendously missed by so many loved ones, friends, associates, students, parents, college alumni of Tyler Junior College and Stephen F. Austin University. His life-long love for his wife Annie and their family will forever remain the greatest love of all. Visitation was from 5:00PM until 8:00PM Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in the Star Funeral Home of Hemphill, Texas. Funeral services were at 4:00PM Wednesday, April 30, 2014 in the HISD Athletic Complex that was dedicated to him by the Board of Trustees during his third term of service for the district. A Masonic burial was held in Harper Chapel Cemetery in Hemphill, Texas. Harper Chapel is just steps away from the creek that Mr. Pearson has loved to fish in since 1967. He was an avid fisherman all of his life. The visitation and the funeral were filled with wonderful thoughts and tributes to Mr. Pearson and his life. A scholarship fund has been set up at First Bank and Trust East Texas in honor and memory of the life of Mr. Pearson, a life-long educator. The scholarship will be for those that exhibit the things that Glenn Pearson loved most about students honor, integrity, citizenship, academic achievement and sportsmanship. There is also an existing scholarship established by the Pearson family for the past two years in Bridge City, Texas. The scholarship will continue as the Glenn Pearson Memorial Academic Girls and Boys Basketball Scholarship. The attributes and criteria of honor, integrity, citizenship, academic achievement, sportsmanship and athletic achievement will continue to honor Glenn Pearson's legacy.

Funeral Home
Starr Funeral Home, Inc. - Hemphill
510 Starr Street
Hemphill, TX 75948
(409) 787-3331
Published in The Beaumont Enterprise from May 11 to May 13, 2014
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