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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

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Published in Florida Times-Union on Jul. 13, 2012.
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July 16, 2012
The Walker family sends their condolences to the Pearson family. My Dad, Donald Walker, was Ike's cousin from his mother's side. My Dad was deeply sadden when I showed him Ike's obituary on Saturday. Dad had lost touch with Ike when he moved from Jacksonville to Salt Springs 25 plus years ago. My Dad has very fond memories of Ike, and I was fortunate that he shared several of them with me this past weekend. One such memory was when my Dad was around 10 years old, he had an accident that left him blind in one eye. He was brought to Jacksonville from Orlando for surgery and was left alone at the hospital for a week or so. Through family members Ike, who was then living in Jacksonville, learned that my Dad was in the hospital. Dad said Ike visited him every single day! Those visits meant so much to my Dad that he clearly remembers them 70 years later.
Susan Walker-Daniel
July 15, 2012
There are so many great memories of my Uncle Ike and I will say that the best is that he the way he loved his family. Starting with his sweetheart, my Aunt Cherrie; his only beloved child; my cousin, Pam; and his grandchildren, Austin and Cameron. But he made us all feel special. Thank You for that.
Kay Guediri
July 15, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers flow down from the mountains...ONeal & Zeta
July 15, 2012
Cherrie Alice & Pam....please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss. Ike was the only "true cowboy" that I have ever known. He was as humble and kind as he was tall and his presence will be missed far beyond his immediate family. May your memories of and with him bring you comfort in the days, weeks and months ahead.

Love and prayers,
Dana & Barry
Dana & Barry Reagan
July 14, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in the loss of Ike.
Debbie Duckworth Parker
July 14, 2012
Cherry Alice, Pam, and Garry, my thoughts and prayers are with you this evening and condolences also on Ike's passing. As others have said, one of the last true cowboys, you folks know how much I thought of him.

Caz Dalton and family
Caz Dalton
July 14, 2012
Mr. Ike, you were loved & admired by so many & will be greatly missed by all. My prayers for Mrs. Cherry & family.
Laura Bryan (Glory Higginbothm sister)
July 14, 2012
Miss Cherie and family, my heart goes out to you for your loss, Mr Ike was such a sweet man, and I remembered him so well at his feed store, and then at Cracker Barrel when I first moved out here to Whitehouse. Just keep yuour memories close to your heart and call on them when you are really missing him... God Bless, Dwayne and Sandra Addy
Sandra & Dwayne Addy
July 14, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
marjorie dingmon
July 14, 2012
From the Crawford family in Whitehouse, our thoughts and prayers are with ya'll.
July 14, 2012
May our God richly bless you, Cherie and Pam with his abundant love and comfort in the homegoing of your beloved love one. Marlene Parker and Denyse Gibbs Norman
Marlene Parker
July 14, 2012
Cherrie and family, my thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time as you are dealing with Brother Ike's homegoing. He was such a sweet man, loved seeing him come in to church. He had a swagger about him! Also loved seeing him at Cracker Barrel! Keep your memories close to you, and he will stay with you forever!


Christina and Danielle
Christina Crowder
July 13, 2012
July 13, 2012
This man will definitely be missed but always remembered by so many of us who loved and respected him as a pillar of our community. The write up was exactly the tributed he deserved. My thoughts & prayers are with you, the family.
July 13, 2012
Loved my Uncle Ike. He will be missed.
Rob Armstrong
July 13, 2012
For Ike:

When your ridin' days are over and you no longer hit the trail
When your friends are all up yonder and your cheeks are turnin' pale
May the good Lord be kind to you as you take your one last ride
May you find your friends and kinfolk waitin' on the other side.

For you've been on many roundups and skinned your share of mules
And shaken hands with better men and broken your shares of rules.
But you'll leave the world a better place most people will agree
And done some things to be proud of in some high class company.

So take that ride with dignity, with head and shoulders high
As you face that one last roundup in that big ranch in the sky.
by Fredrick Laird
July 13, 2012
My condolences to Cherry and Family on your loss as you celebrate a life well lived.
Linda Waldrep
July 13, 2012
The local horse community has lost another Icon. They just don't make Cowboys like Ike anymore. He was a fine man with Christian values.
Robin Bryan
July 13, 2012
My heroes have always been cowboys <3 Forever in my heart papa, you are missed beyond words. I promise that I will take the most special care of grandmother that I can. Hug Jesus and John Wayne for me! I love you.
Cameron Alice Hill
July 13, 2012
My thoughts go out to Cherrie, Pam and family in the loss of such a wonderful man. He was truly one of the last " Cowboys". I will always remember how he taught me to ride a horse the " Right" way and not like a sissy. When I think of Mr. Ike it will always be on the back of his horse and herding those cows. In later years when passing the homestead I would always look for him on his horse or at Craker Barrel having lunch or dinner. He will be missed by all that knew and loved him.
Becky (Johnson) and Mike Hanson
and Family
Becky Hanson
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