Dr. J. Randall "Randy" Pearce
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Dr. J. Randall "Randy" Pearce

Morristown - Dr. J. Randall "Randy" Pearce, DDS age 69, of Morristown, Tennessee passed away December 25th from complications of Covid. Randy grew up in the Rocky Hill area of Knoxville and was a "We're so Fine, Class of 1969" graduate of Bearden High School. During his years in high school, he enjoyed being a drummer for the band, The Spectors. He enlisted in the US Navy during Vietnam and served as a nuclear reactor operator on the USS Francis Scott Key submarine. He would continue to serve in the US Naval Reserves after being honorably discharged from active duty. He would later retire as a Commander. He graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville and University of Tennessee Health Science School - Memphis where he obtained his Doctorate of Dental Surgery. He started his general dentistry private practice in Morristown where his patients became and remained beloved friends for over thirty years. He became a forensic odontologist and helped train law enforcement officers in criminal techniques at the Forensic Anthropology Center and the National Forensic Academy. He was honored to work with Dr. William Bass, the faculty and students at University of Tennessee - Knoxville. As part of the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT), he served at the World Trade Center after the catastrophe of 9/11. He is survived by his wife, Jane, his daughter, Kimberly Peterson, son in law, Greg, and his granddaughters, Fiona and Tilly Stapleton. HIs grand daughters meant the world to him and he was continuously doting on them. Dr. Pearce was a beloved figure in Morristown, famous for his halloween costumes and decorations, his practice of serenading his patients with songs from the 1960s, and his never-ending generosity, kindness and compassion. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date when it is safe to gather. In lieu of flowers, a gift to the Forensic Anthropology Center fund at UT would be most appreciated. Give securely online at giving.utk.edu or mail checks payable to UT Foundation/DDHR to 1525 University Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37921. Please put "In Memory of Dr. J. Randall Pearce" on the check.




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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from Dec. 26 to Dec. 28, 2020.
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January 19, 2021
He was truly a good man and will never forget his kindness when I worked for his wife Jane. My heart breaks for his family.Rest in Peace Randy you will definitely be rewarded.
Carla d Westmoreland
Friend
January 18, 2021
Robert and Teresa Saylor. We were greatly saddened when we learned of Dr. Pearce passing away. We both have many fond memories from our many many years of being patients. We loved his great personality, singing, nicknames and great stories.. He will be greatly missed by all.
Robert and Teresa
Friend
January 9, 2021
Connie Jenkins
January 8, 2021
I am so sorry for family i knew from McDonald's i became very grateful that i got to be part of his life thank u god for letting me meet a great person
Beth Pettit
Friend
January 7, 2021
A capable and honorable Dr. and friend that always shared joy, and always took time. Let us remember that witness of joy and carry it to others
Stephen Burkhart
Friend
December 30, 2020
Dear members of the Pearce family,

Please accept my deepest sympathy on your loss.
I knew Randy as a boy, a youth and a man. He was one of those rare individuals who along the whole trajectory of his life was a mensch: a man who was both righteous and kind, playful and serious. In a way, his skill as a drummer strikes me as a metaphor for his life: for a drummer needs to drive the song, but be sensitive, exquisitely sensitive, to the mood of the song and to the inclinations and abilities of each band member. I cannot help but believe that it was this skill, this balance of heart and intellect, which made him a great dentist, citizen, husband, father and friend. Though the world is a poorer place for his loss, every life he touched was enriched by his presence.
Frank Rosenzweig
Classmate
December 30, 2020
Randy will definitely be missed he never met a stranger and definitely knew how to put his patients at ease by singing to them . I will always cherish taking my kids trick or treating at his house cause you was always guaranteed a scare. Rest easy sweet friend.
Carla Westmoreland
Friend
December 29, 2020
Dr. Pearce was my husband and my dentist for over 20 years. When my husband was diagnosed & going thru Chemotherapy one of his teeth abscessed. He was in excruciating pain and weak from chemo. Dr. Pearce told him if he could prove his blood count was up he would work on that tooth. And he did! My husband passed away 9-5-2019 but I will never forget what that office and Dr. Pearce did for Bill. I am so sorry for your loss.
Cheryl Sinard
December 29, 2020
Sad to hear. Randy was a BHS classmate and friend.
Jim Anker
December 28, 2020
Dr Pearce was simply amazing!!!! As a child that hated going to any doctor, that was not the case with him!!!! What a wonderful man that I was blessed to have known. Many prayers for his wife and family.
Misty
December 28, 2020
My heart is broken for his wife Jane and family! I can't believe this is real. He was a great dentist but above all a wonderful man. Fun loving, generous and big hearted! I am forever grateful for having been friends with him for more than 20 years. I love you Dr. P!
Kimberly Cobble
Friend
December 28, 2020
Our sincere sympathy to the family and all that knew Dr. Pearce. We share the broken heart of loosing a great man, friend, neighbor and dentist. Love & Peace,
Tom & Anita Long, Hannah, Adam & Grandchildren
Tom & Anita Long
Neighbor
December 28, 2020
I am so very saddened by the loss of Dr Pearce. He was a bright spot in this world. He always came in with a song and a laugh. The world is a better place for him being in it.
Amanda Sands
Friend
December 28, 2020
I am honored to have been able to call Randy my friend. We met when I attended one of the Human Remains Recovery courses with FBI ERT at UT, and remained friends since that time. My thoughts, prayers, and sympathies are with Jane and the family. Your mission is accomplished, old Friend, rest easy.
Michael Wineman
Friend
December 28, 2020
Randy was walking sunshine! He wAs a great dentist but better friend who we will surely miss.
Dr. Joe & Kathy Gibson
Friend
December 28, 2020
All who knew him loved him. May God bless and comfort your family in the days ahead.
Vivian Morrow
Friend
December 28, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Mary Massey
Friend
December 28, 2020
I don’t know many people that enjoy going to a dentist office but Dr Pearce made that experience something that you didn’t mind. You never knew what decorations you would see or what you would hear him say next! I will miss him and that experience. RIP.
Johnathon Holder
Acquaintance
December 28, 2020
Randy helped with the Human Remains Recovery School hosted by the FBI Evidence Recovery Team. I worked with him doing this school for 17 years before I retired. He was always anxious to work with us. He was a great friend and great man. So sorry for your loss.
Patti Mash
Friend
December 28, 2020
I am so very sorry to learn of Randy's passing. As a fellow BHS classmate, he was definitely one of the “ Finest of the Fine”. His military and forensic service and dedication to his dental patients was incredible. Randy will be missed by so many. Prayers for his family and friends.
Janice Mahlman Moore
Classmate
December 28, 2020
Randy was a friend for over 30 years first met him when he was new to Morristown and my dad and I did his dental lab work always a smile on his face will be a big loss to the community. RIP my friend
Jim Kramer
Friend
December 28, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
December 27, 2020
My sincere condolences to Janie and family. Also, to Dan, Brad, and the rest of the Trueblood family. While I didn't have the honor and privilege to meet Randy, I am told that he was a man of great integrity who loved and was loved by his family and friends. I lift you all up in love and prayers for comfort during this very difficult time. Bobbie (Gray) Boyd
Bobbie (Gray) Boyd
Friend
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