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Rev Bill & Mrs. Jane Pearson

Submitted by Donnie Pickard

Van Buren County Democrat
March 5, 1936

Rev. Pearson Dead

Rev. Bill Pearson, aged 73, died at his home near Formosa Tuesday of last week from infirmities of age, and was buried in the Union Hill cemetery Wednesday. Rev. Jim Baker conducting funeral services.

Rev. Pearson was born and reared in this county where his entire life was spent. He was an upright citizen and a true Christian gentleman, having devoted many years of his life to the teaching of the gospel as a General Baptist minister.

Besides his wife he leaves to mourn his passing three sons, Jim Pearson of England, Will Pearson of Birdtown and Jack Pearson of San Pedro, Cal; two daughters, Mrs. Rosa Chance of Bee Branch and Mrs. Minnie Simon of Marion, Ark.; one step-daughter, Mrs. Lou Gee of Portersville, Cal. 46 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

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Van Buren County Democrat
March 26, 1936

Mrs. Jane Pearson

Mrs. Jane Williams Pearson was born June 10, 1862, and departed this life at 3 o’clock Saturday afternoon, March 21, aged 73 years, 9 months and 11 days. Interment was in the Union Hill cemetery, near her home at Formosa Sunday afternoon following impressive funeral services by Rev. Pearce of Conway.

Mrs. Pearson, whose death followed an attack of pneumonia, had been a consistent member of the General Baptist church for many years, and her life was one of self-sacrifice for her family and friends. She was the widow of the late Rev. W. E. Pearson who preceded her in death by only eighteen days.

She is survived by two sons, W. K. Pearson of Birdtown and Jack Pearson of San Pedro, Cal.; three daughters, Mrs. Rosa Chance of Bee Branch, Mrs. Minnie Simon of Marion, Ark., and Mrs. Lou Smith Gee of Portersville, Cal.; fifty grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren.