- Published: September 17, 2009
William Solomon “Sol” James Pearson died on Sept. 8.
Born in St. Louis, Mo., on Sept. 24, 1932, to the late Herman and Eula Pearson, William was the beloved fourth child and was baptized at the age of 8. The family moved to Massillon, Ohio, when he was 13, where he attended Washington High School. William played the trumpet in the marching band and graduated from high school in 1953. Affectionately called “Sol” by family and “Bill” by friends, he joined the U.S. Army during the Korean War in 1953, and was honorably discharged from service in 1961.
Although he graduated from Wright State University, William began his college studies in mechanical engineering at Akron University, where he met the love of his life and bride for 50 years, Beverly. They wed on March 21, 1959, in Akron at Providence Baptist Church. He worked for Cooper Tire in Akron, then moved on to Marion, Ohio, in 1963, to work for Marion Power and Shovel. He then accepted a job with Koehring Manufacturing in Springfield in 1967, where he worked for 24 years. William raised his family in Yellow Springs from 1968 to 1993. William and Beverly lived in the San Francisco area from 1993 to 2003, where they were members of Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland. Bill worked diligently to build the church computer lab and the High Rise tutorial program. In 2003, they moved to Sugar Land, Texas, where they joined Covenant Glen United Methodist Church.
William Pearson is survived by his loving and caring wife, Beverly Scott; daughter Deborah Yvonne Jackson of Sugar Land, Texas; two sons, William James of Fairborn and Stephen Douglass [Jocelyn], Lithonia, Ga,; six grandchildren, Dante, Jemiel, William, Aaron, Kennedy Anne and Stephen; two great-grand children, Taya and Dante; mother-in-law Genevieve H. Board; three sisters, Mary Scott, Marguerite Zimmerman and Harriet Dowd all of St. Paul, Minn.; special cousin Ginger Terrell of Massillon and numerous nieces and nephews.
The celebration of William S. Pearson’s life was held on Thursday, September 10, at the Covenant Glen United Methodist Church in Missouri City, Texas, with Dr. Robert E. Childress officiating; internment was held at the Houston National Cemetery.