Charles Alton Pearson
Charles Alton Pearson, Sr. was born in a logging camp in Shamrock, FL on October 28, 1929. He passed away at home, peacefully and with his family on February 12, 2017 at the age of 87 years, in League City, TX. Charles is preceded in death by his parents Marvin Gehu and Ollie Lois Pearson; his brothers, Raymond, M. Lamar and V. Kenneth Pearson; his infant son, Billy and his daughter, Christa Arlene Howell.
Charles is survived by his wife, Joyce L. Pearson of League City, TX; sons; Charles Alton Pearson, Jr. and wife Elizabeth of Chickamauga, GA, Phillip Dean Pearson, Sr. and wife Cathy of Chattanooga, TN, Charles Alan Pearson and wife Julie of League City, TX and Cale Alton Pearson and girlfriend Amber Hopper of League City, TX. Grandsons; Charles III, Steven, Christopher, Phillip, Jr., Brandon, Kory, Andrew, Austin. Granddaughters; Hannah and Ashley. Eighteen great grandchildren who all live in GA. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Barbel Pearson of Ormond Beach, FL; Amber's sons, Daniel and Matthew Hopper of League City, TX; 6 nephews and 3 nieces and their families.
Charles lived in several places in Florida until he was in his mid-teens and his family settled in Daytona Beach, FL. He worked in his parents’ grocery store through high school and joined the FL National Guard. Later he joined the US Army and served in the United States and in Germany as a Missile Systems Evaluator. He was honorably discharged in 1963. After service, he worked once again with his family but then went to work with Bendix and then Grumman at Cape Canaveral, from 1967 thru 1970. He worked on several Apollo missions. He especially liked and was proud of his work on the Environmental Control Systems of the Lunar Modules. The next 31 years he was a Professional Truck Driver. He traveled this country from sea to sea and from over one border to over the other. Only a turn in health issues made him finally retire. Though he sometimes missed his travels, this now allowed him the time to be with family and enjoy being outdoors. He would sit outside and talk and whistle with the birds. He would also be outside at "come home" time and wave to all that entered the neighborhood. And on Sundays he became the “unofficial after service greeter" at our Church, Clear Lake Church of the Nazarene. He loved God so much. God, Family, Country. His love and respect for all three was immense.
Charles was a believer in giving back. He willed his body to the UT Health Science Center of Houston so that our future doctors and medical teams could have a hands-on learning experience.
No services were scheduled. I love you and good bye was said by many, near and at the end. When the time comes, a scattering of ashes will take place in Florida.