Wayne Neal Pearce, loving husband, father, and grandfather died Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at the Malcolm Randall V.A. Hospital in Gainesville, FL. He was born in Lulu, FL on April 8, 1937 to Abraham and Eva Pearce. Wayne graduated from Gainesville High School in 1955, and served in the United States Air Force. He attended the National F.B.I. Academy in 1975. Wayne had a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Florida and a Masters in Law enforcement from Nova University. He retired as a Captain from the Alachua County Sheriff's Office in 1976.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 53 years Hazel R. Pearce; sons David Pearce and Christopher (Jennifer) Pearce; daughters Melinda (Thomas) Dorn and Melissa (Benjamin) Cox; sister Bonnie (Glenn) Parker; 12 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren as well as a large extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers and 4 sisters.

Funeral Services will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 5, 2012 at Countryside Baptist Church 10926 NW 39th Avenue Gainesville, FL. Interment will follow at Countryside Cemetery. Arrangements by MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 22405 West Newberry Road Newberry, FL 32669 (352) 472-5361.

Published in Gainesville Sun from Oct. 6 to Oct. 8, 2012