Funeral services for Larry Pearson will be 6:30 P.M. , on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at Newton County Funeral Home - South Chapel in Newton with Pastor Tim Lott and Bro. Ron Gilstrap officiating. Burial will be in Newton County Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be from 5:30 P.M. until 6:15 P.M. at the funeral home on Tuesday.
Mr. Pearson, 82 of Newton, died Monday, December 2, 2013 at Pioneer Community Hospital in Newton.
Larry was born in Cleveland, Ohio and then moved and spent most of his childhood and youth years in Colorado. He served 4 years in the U.S. Navy and played semi-pro baseball as a pitcher for the Dodgers. He began his lifelong career with the Veterans Administration upon returning home to Colorado. He served in a variety of positions with the Veteran Administration and ended up in Jackson, Mississippi as Medical Administrator where he met and married Cherry Lay. During their marriage they served the VA in various locations from Washington, D.C. to The Manila Philippines. Larry retired in 1992 and he and Cherry relocated to Leesburg, Florida and had 15 wonderful years residing at Hawthorne Retirement Community where they were involved in many events. Moving back to Mississippi in 2007, they made Newton their home. They celebrated 32 years of marriage prior to his wife’s death in 2009. Larry loved people and loved to share stories and tell jokes. He loved to play golf, travel, loved to bird watch and had a green thumb.
He is survived by a daughter: Kathy Stephens and her husband Dennis of Newton; two grandsons: Colby Jolley, and wife Erica of Brandon and Chris Stephens, and wife Amber of Clinton; six great-grandchildren; and one son-in-law: Thurman Alley of Brandon.
He was preceded in death by: his wife: Cherry Lay Pearson; a daughter: Nancy Lay Alley; and his parents: Harry and Francis Morgan Pearson.
He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Newton County Funeral Home, 100 Old Hwy. 15 Loop, Newton is in charge of arrangements. 601-683-2152.
Friends and family may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com