Robert Lane Pearce III, 57, passed from this life to his new home in heaven Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, while at home with wife, Paula, and family at his side. Funeral: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in Greenwood Chapel. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Greenwood. Entombment: Greenwood Mausoleum. Memorials: If desired, donations may be made to Hospice Plus. Lane was a lifelong resident of Fort Worth. A 1981 mechanical engineering graduate of Texas A&M, Lane was a top marksman on the pistol team. In 1994 he and Paula founded Pearce Grip, a designer and world-wide distributor of handgun grips and accessories. Prior to launching Pearce Grip, he worked at Bell Helicopter, where he met the love of his life, Paula, in 1991. He later worked at Lockheed in Fort Worth. Lane was an ardent Christian and was never at a loss to share the Bible and his convictions. In 2005, he was diagnosed with leukemia, received a stem cell transplant, and survived for nine years, ever fighting a brave battle with the after-effects of treatment. He turned his health struggle into an opportunity to witness his faith. When others would fret, he would comfort them saying, "I will not leave this earth one second before God wants me to." Lane was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Robert L. Pearce II. Survivors: Wife, Paula Kay Pearce; mother, Ann Whitman Pearce; sisters, Dr. Carol Pearce Cass, Susan Pearce Peden and husband, Bruce, all of Fort Worth, Cynthia Pearce Lipps and husband, Larry, of Baytown; parents-in-law, Bobbie and Robert Armstrong of Fort Worth; sister-in-law, Belinda Stone and husband, K.D., of Stephenville; nieces and nephews, Chris Cass, Colt Stone, Libby Lipps, Carol Lipps, Kathy Cass Heinrichs.
Published in Star-Telegram from Nov. 22 to Nov. 24, 2014.