William "Kent" Pearson, 31 of Wakulla Station, passed away Dec. 31, 2012, after a lifelong battle with multiple medical conditions.
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He was the son of Shawn and Penny Pearson and the brother of Carrie Pearson Harris. Born April 17, 1981, he was a lifelong resident of Wakulla Station. He was a member of Wakulla United Methodist Church in Wakulla Station, and was a member of the "Animals" at Florida State Baseball.
Kent was a proud 2000 graduate of Wakulla High School and attended all football games, home and away. He was also an avid fan of Florida State University in all sports. He loved WWE wrestling. As much as he was a sports fan, Kent also was a fan of politics. He was a past Ambassador for the March of Dimes and was instrumental in the successful lobby of Florida's Essential Electric law for the medically necessary, with Compassion for Children. Kent also did promotions for the Shriners during the years he was a patient.
Kent was the center of attention where ever he went, with the love for life that he had. He not only enjoyed life more than anyone else, he also taught all those he came in contact with how to enjoy life. Kent was proud to call among his huge number of friends, then-Jacksonville Jaguars Coach Tom Coughlin, past FSU Coach Bobby Bowden, FSU Coach Mike Martin, Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer, past University of Virginia Coach George Welsh, Wakulla High School football coaches J.D. Jones and Scott Klees; and Florida Governors Bob Martinez and Jeb Bush.
Kent was predeceased by his great great maternal grandmother, Carrie Myers Eubank of Amherst, Va.; his maternal great grandfather, Harry Tucker Eubank, Sr. of Amherst, Va.; his grandfather, Lawrence M. Pearson of Tallahassee; his paternal great-grandmother, Mary Wilkinson Andrews of Tallahassee; his maternal grandmother, Anne Beth Beard Eubank of Amherst, Va.; his maternal great-grandmother, Anna Tweedy Beard of Amherst, Va.; his maternal grandfather, Harry Tucker Eubank Jr. of Amherst, Va.; his maternal great-grandmother, Sallie Myers Eubank of Amherst, Va.
Survivors include his parents, Shawn and Penny Pearson of Wakulla Station; his sister and brother-in-law, Carrie Pearson Harris and Wesley Harris of Lutz; his maternal great-great-aunt, Evenly Eubank Jeter of Lynchburg, Va.; his great uncle, Winston Pearson of Cyrene, Ga.; his paternal grandmother, Mary Frances Andrews Pearson of Tallahassee; his uncle, Blane Pearson and wife Sandy of Crestview; his aunt, Lauren and husband Doug Owen of Chipley; his uncle, Dana Pearson and Rose Bruce of Tallahassee; his uncle, H.T. (Tuck) Eubank III and wife Betty of Quinton Va.; uncle John P. Eubank and wife Beth of Monroe, Va.; and a great host of cousins and friends.
The family received friends Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Bevis Funeral Home, Harvey-Young Chapel, in Crawfordville.
Services were held at Wakulla United Methodist Church in Wakulla Station on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 at 11 a.m. Burial followed in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends and family at other times at the home of Shawn and Penny Pearson. Memorial contributions may be made to the Marzuq Shrine Temple, P.O. Box 37120, Tallahassee FL or to the Spina Bifida Association of America, 4590 McArthur Blvd., Suite 250, Washington, D.C. 20007.
Bevis Funeral Home, Harvey-Young Chapel is assisting with arrangements (850) 926-3333 or www.bevisfh.com.
Published in The Wakulla News on Jan. 10, 2013