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Lee Richard Pearson, 78, beloved husband of 52 years to Apolonia 'Polly' Manago Pearson, died on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at Palmetto Health Tuomey. Born in Gasport, NY, he was the son of the late John E. Pearson and Mildred E. Retchless Pearson.
Before his career in the military, Lee was a member of the Gasport Chemical and Hose Company. He proudly served in the US Air Force for 26 years. While in the service he received the Distinguished Flying Cross Medal twice. He retired in 1988 as a MSGT.
After his career in the Air Force, Lee worked for the South Carolina Department of Corrections in the Wateree facility for many years. He assisted military veterans as a dedicated volunteer with the DAV, VA and the VFW.
Lee was a dedicated family man and was very proud of his children and grandchildren, including both, his son-in-law and daughter-in-law. He will be remembered as a very loving, husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Surviving, in addition to his spouse, are two children, John E. Pearson and his wife Alison of Easley, and Lee Ann Lawrence and her husband Dave of Chapin; two brothers, Norman Pearson and his wife Joan of Gasport, NY, and George Pearson and his wife Nancy of Bradenton, FL; one sister, Phillis Goheen of Mesa, Arizona; and three grandchildren, Hannah Pearson, Dustin Lawrence and Devin Lawrence.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Ora Coleman and Norma Eisenhouer; and four brothers, Wayne Pearson, Melvin Pearson, Everett J. Pearson and Earl Shondelmyer.
A funeral service will be held on Monday, December 18, 2017 at 11 AM in the Bullock Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in the Ft. Jackson National Cemetery with full military honors at 1 PM.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, December 17, 2017 from 3-5 PM at Bullock Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the DAV, Gamecock, Chapter 5, 18 Hard Park Road, Sumter, SC 29150.
You may go to bullockfuneralhome.com and sign the family's guest book.
Published on December 14, 2017
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