Terrence Anthony “Terry” Pearson, 72, of Blackshear, passed away Friday, November 6, 2020, at his residence following short illness.
Born in Waycross, February 28, 1948, he had lived in Pierce County all of his life. He was a 1966 graduate of Blackshear High School and entered the U.S. Navy 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. He 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 and Martha Pearson. He was also preceded in death by his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Annie D. Thigpen and the Rev. Jody Thigpen; his step-father, Jesse O. Galloway and a niece, Annie Nichols.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Judy Thigpen Pearson, Blackshear; his daughter and son-in-law, Jenny and Jeffrey Parr, Blackshear; three grandchildren, Jey and Jamie Parr, Hahira and Jarrett Parr and Jenna Parr, both of Blackshear; a great-granddaughter, Elsie J. Parr; a sister, Gayle (David) Richardson, Douglasville; a brother, Jess O. (Rhonda) Galloway, Greenville, SC; six sisters-in-law, Annelle (Sonny) Bryant, Bonaire, Marvene Brooks, St. Simons Island, Jean (Jim) Wood, Waycross, Debbie (Harry) Nichols, Newberry, FL, Tammy (Steve) Jeffords, Blackshear and Billie Jo Thigpen, Blackshear; four brothers-in-law, Joe (Shirley) Thigpen and John Thigpen, both of Blackshear, Saul (Tammie) Thigpen, Hoboken and Sammy Thigpen, Blackshear; a wonderful family friend, Elon Gillis Galloway, Waycross and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Visitation will be held from 2-3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, at the church.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, from the First Baptist Church in Blackshear.
Interment will be in the St. Johns Cemetery.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.