Anthony Thomas “Tony” Pearson, M.Ed., 49, of Blackshear, died suddenly Monday, February 10, 2020, at his residence from natural causes.

Born in Oakland, CA June 15, 1970, he lived all over the country including Chicago, IL, Virginia Beach, VA, Nashville, TN, San Diego, CA, Allentown, PA, as well as all over the state of Georgia prior to moving back to Pierce County five years ago. He received his bachelor’s degree and his masters of education from Western Governors.  He taught school at Ruskin Elementary and was currently teaching at Coastal Pines Technical College as well as VIP Kids (online education). He was an avid reader (Stephen King), movie watcher and music lover (Barbara Streisand). He enjoyed painting, photography, and writing. He was actively involved with The Triangle Group – a recovery group.  

He was the son of the late Margaret Kathleen Searson Pearson. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Brenda Tennison.

Survivors include his son, Joseph Allen “Joey” Pearson, Oceanside, CA; his father, Bobby Allen Pearson, Blackshear; two brothers, Kenneth Winslow Pearson, Columbus, and Patrick Haenelt, Seattle, WA and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

The family will honor his memory at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at The Triangle Group, 309 Howe Street, Waycross.  Friends, students, and colleagues are welcome to come share memories of and visit with his family.

Memorialization will be by cremation.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital at

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at

Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

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