Robert Lee Pearson, 92, of Mandeville, Louisiana and a resident of Wilmington for 43 years passed away on October 17, 2011 at his home in Mandeville, Louisiana. He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Lola Fern Pearson. They were married January 19, 1952. Mr. Pearson was born February 5, 1919 in Hawkins County, Tennessee, son of the late Charlie and Kitty Baker Pearson. He graduated as valedictorian from Rogersville, Tennessee, High School in 1938. He later graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1948. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps for three years and four months during World War II in the U.S. and in North Africa.
He worked for the Hudson Motor Car Company in Detroit, Tank Automotive Engineering of Detroit, and Frigidaire in Dayton prior to joining the Buckeye Molding Company in 1957. He worked for Buckeye for 26 years in Miamisburg, Ohio; Greenville, Mississippi; and in New Vienna, Ohio, before retiring in 1984. He was a member of the Wilmington United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Wilmington and of the York Rite. He was active with the Dayton Foremans Club, the American Management Association, and the American Purchasing Association.
Mr. Pearson is survived by a son, Michael Pearson of Brookfield, Connecticut; a daughter, Tana (David) Marshall of Mandeville, Louisiana; a sister, Frances (Glen) Carroll of Rogersville, Tennessee; and a grandson, Michael David Marshall of Mandeville, Louisiana. In addition to his wife and parents, two brothers, Charles Christopher Pearson and Eldridge Pearson, and two sisters, Louise Goan and Ruth Elkins, are preceded in death.
Funeral services will be 11:00 AM, Friday, October 28, 2011 at the Reynolds-Smith Funeral Home, 327 N. South Street, Wilmington, Ohio with Rev. Doug Haag officiating. Burial will be in Sugar Grove Cemetery with military honors provided by the American Legion Post 49 Memorial Squad. Friends may call from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Thursday, October 27, 2011 at the Reynolds-Smith Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Sugartree Ministry Center, P.O. Box 606, Wilmington, Ohio 45177 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.