Mr. Terence Anthony “Terry” Pearson, 72 of Blackshear, passed away Friday, November 6, 2020, at his residence following short illness.
Born in Waycross, GA on February 28, 1948, he had lived in Pierce County all of his life. Mr. Pearson was a 1966 graduate of Blackshear High School and entered the US Navy on July 28, 1966 and served four years of active duty which included a year in DaNang, Vietnam. He received several medals for his service, including the Purple Heart. While service in the Navy, he was a member of the first Navy K-9 Corp of Sentry Dog Handlers while in combat. Following his military service, he went on to make a career in law enforcement which was a job he loved. He retired as a corporal with the Georgia State Patrol stationed out of Waycross. Mr. Pearson was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church where he served in many capacities. He taught the Adult Sunday school class for many years before his illness of cancer in August, 2020.
He was a son of the late Patricia P. Galloway. He was raised as the son of his maternal grandparents, the late Pat & Martha Pearson. He was also preceded in death by his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Annie D. Thigpen and Rev. Jody Thigpen; his step-father, Jesse O. Galloway; and a niece, Annie Nichols.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Judy Thigpen Pearson of Blackshear; his daughter and son-in-law, Jenny & Jeffrey Parr of Blackshear; three grandchildren, Jey & Jamie Parr of Hahira, Jarrett Parr of Blackshear, and Jenna Parr of Blackshear; a great granddaughter, Elsie J. Parr; a sister, Gayle (David) Richardson of Douglasville; a brother, Jess O. (Rhonda) Galloway of Greenville, SC; six sisters-in-law, Annelle (Sonny) Bryant of Bonaire, Marvene Brooks of St. Simons Island, Jean (Jim) Wood of Waycross, Debbie (Harry) Nichols of Newberry, FL, Tammy (Steve) Jeffords of Blackshear, and Billie Jo Thigpen of Blackshear; four brothers-in-law, Joe (Shirley) Thigpen of Blackshear, John Thigpen of Blackshear, Saul (Tammie) Thigpen of Hoboken, and Sammy Thigpen of Blackshear; a wonderful family friend, Elon Gillis Galloway of Waycross; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Funeral services for Mr. Pearson will be held Monday afternoon, November 9, 2020, at 3:00 o’clock from the First Baptist Church in Blackshear.
Interment will be in the St. Johns Cemetery.
Visitation for Mr. Pearson will be held at the church one hour prior to the funeral.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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