Charles Alton Pearson, Sr.

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Summerfield, NC

Charles Alton Pearson, Sr., 80, of Summerfield, NC, went to be with the Lord on February 21, 2017, at the Hospice Home of Rockingham County following a lengthy illness.
Funeral Services will be conducted 2:00 pm Sunday February 26, 2017 at Fairview Baptist Church in Monroeton. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Born in Reidsville, NC, on August 11, 1936, he leaves his wife of 39 years, Judy (Cook) Pearson; his son Charles Alton Pearson, Jr. and his wife Lisa; his daughters Pamela Kim Pearson and Altina Layman; his sister Marie Pearson Bridgers; seven grandchildren: Charles Alton Pearson, III, Cameron Boyd Pearson, Emma Kate Layman, Quinn Cunningham, Tess Cunningham, Isaac Cunningham, and Ulysses Cunningham. He also leaves many nieces, cousins, and close friends.

Raised in Monroeton, he was preceded in death by parents Bernard Boyd Pearson and Myrtle King Pearson of Monroeton and brother Rev. Arthur Bernard Pearson.

In his early years, Alton worked as a caddie at Monroteton Golf Course and graduated from Reidsville Senior High in 1954, where he enjoyed playing baseball under the nickname of “Gomez.” He attended Guilford College, graduating in 1958, with a bachelor’s degree in Business, while working and starting a family. After graduation, Alton opened an independent insurance agency and within a few years became the Top Salesman in the United States. He took pride in building his business and excelled to become a top agent and member of the Million Dollar Roundtable with Great Southern Life Insurance Co. He met his wife, Judy Cook in 1976, by introduction of a friend and they were married in 1977, bringing into the fold a second son, Eddie Cooke, who passed too soon, in 1988.

Alton lived a full and adventurous life. He had a passion for history, travel, and life on the farm. These loves came neatly together in the early 1970’s when he created and served as Wagon Master of an annual Wagon Train reenactment taking to the old wagon roads hidden away in the backwoods of Bethany, Madison and Mayodan. His love for travel took him far, from obtaining his Private Pilot’s license and flying Romeo (his 4-passenger Cessna) to cities large and small – to adventures on six of our seven continents. He branded cattle in Australia, smuggled Bibles into China, boated down the Amazon, constructed housing for missions in Cuba, camped on an African Safari, and visited the Holy Land (his favorite) on more than five occasions. In his easy-going manner, he never met a stranger no matter where his “big world” led him. On the farm, he was an avid Cattleman, managing herds of Herfords and loving horses, from his first white steed Traveler to his last donkey, Snowflake. He will be sorely missed by his constant farm companion, Cinnamon, his beloved Golden Retriever.

He loved spending time with family and friends, keeping family ties alive each year through family reunions. He loved to tell and retell stories from his adventures around the world and kept history alive through his extensive collection of artifacts and memorabilia.

Alton was a long-standing member of Fairview Baptist Church of Monroeton, where he was baptized in 1949. He served as Deacon, Trustee, Sunday School Director, sang in the choir and aided his wife with Children’s Church as well as service on a wide variety of church committees.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to: the Building Fund at Fairview Baptist Church
2531 Flatrock Rock Rd. Reidsville, NC 27320
The family will see friends 5:00 till 7:00 pm at Citty Funeral Home in Reidsville on Saturday, February 25, 2017 and at other times will be at the residence.
Online condolences may be sent to: www.cittyfh.com