Mr. Pearson died Saturday, June 1, 2013, at his residence.
Born Dec. 24, 1939, in Toledo, Ohio, he was the son of the late Harold Gross and Marion Langton Pearson. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a grandchild, Draven Payne Umbehant, and brothers-in-law, Jerry Bass and Roy Evans.
Mr. Pearson was a retired master sergeant with the Marine Corps, with 21 years of service. During his service, he spent two years as a drill instructor at Parris Island, S.C., and completed a tour of duty in Vietnam. After retirement, he settled in Georgia in 1981 and was employed with Lee Arrendale State Prison for 12 years and the Youth Detention Center of Hall County for five years. Mr. Pearson was of the Christian faith.
Survivors include his wife, Vivian Vinson Pearson; sons and daughters-in-law, Harold Langton Jr. and Lori Pearson of Mt. Airy, Michael Wayne and Lori Pearson of Clarkesville, Brian Keith and Donna Pearson of Toccoa, and Jason Lee and Amber Pearson of Canton; step-son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Lori Umbehant of Mt. Airy; and stepdaughter and son-in-law Danielle and Sam Scott of Augusta; 23 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters, Ann Evans of Toledo, Ohio, and Sue Bass of Wildwood, Fla.; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
An online guest register is available and may be viewed at mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Northeast Georgian
June 5, 2013