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PEARSON Wallace Edward (Ike) Pearson went home to be with the Lord on July 10, 2012. He was born on April 18, 1920 in Louisiana to Wallace Edward Pearson and Emma O'Cleary Pearson. Ike was predeceased in death by his parents, his sisters Teena Wilson, Hazel Sisemore and Rose Thompson and his brother, Wayne Pearson. Wallace E. Pearson is the grandson of an Irish immigrant who stowed away on a ship to come to America for a better life. His Grandfather O'Cleary arrived in Nova Scotia then travelled south to the United States. After arriving, he then travelled west to Oklahoma to settle while becoming a blacksmith. Ike's father, W.E. Pearson, worked with a major timber company. He moved his young family from state to state following the company for timber harvest. Ike lost both his parents at an early age. Ike Pearson was always proud of his Irish heritage and the strong work ethic instilled in him as a child. As a young man Ike travelled and worked through many of the western states such as Oklahoma and Texas and even ventured into Mexico. After a short stay in Mexico, he moved to Pennsylvania to work in the shipyards before finally settling in Florida. He worked in Mount Dora, Florida and then travelled back up north to Jacksonville to work with the Great Southern Trucking Company. His fondness for horses and cattle led him to follow his dream. At Great Southern, Ike met Cherrie Fish. They married and together worked to build a small ranch in western Jacksonville off Chaffee Road. As a businessman, he opened Ike's Ranch Supply to serve his neighbors in the Whitehouse area with their livestock needs. Later he and his wife sold some of their property to the state of Florida for the construction of I-10. With the emergence of I-10, the area of Whitehouse began to grow. With the growth was a need for conveniences for the population. Winn Dixie bought more of the Pearson property as an anchor store while other businesses followed. As a businessman, Wallace E. Pearson was a planner with Christian values who sought to bring quality family businesses into the shopping and retail area now known as Chaffee Point. Ike and Cherrie developed property for their new home east of Chaffee Point where they have resided for 14 years. Wallace E. Pearson was a man of tender compassion and great integrity. He always strived to help his family and neighbors while working hard to build a stronger, better community. Ike was a Charter Member of the Florida Cattleman's Association and a Charter Member of the Jacksonville Trail Riders. He was a Founding Member of the First Baptist Church West Jacksonville located in Chaffee Point in Whitehouse. Ike is survived by his wife of 64 years, Cherrie Fish Pearson. He is also survived by his daughter Pamela Hill and her husband Garry from Mooresville, North Carolina. His two grandchildren are Austin Hill and his wife Morgan from Mooresville, North Carolina, and Cameron Hill from Fleming Island, Florida. He is also blessed with many In-Laws, cousins, nieces nephews and a multitude of friends. Family visitation will be Saturday, July 14, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Raiford Road Church located on Hwy 121 South in Macclenny, Florida. Funeral services will immediately follow at 11:00 AM at the church. Burial will be at North Prong Cemetery in Baxter, Florida, immediately following the church services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church West Jacksonville Building Fund, 514 Chaffee Point Blvd. Suite # 5, Jacksonville, FL 32221. Please sign the guestbook at www.pffh.com, Peeples Family Funeral Homes. Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com
Published in the Florida Times-Union on July 13, 2012
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