HOULKA – Willie A. “Wood Rat” Pearson, 86, passed away Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. A native of Chickasaw County, he was the son of Andrew Lee Pearson and Minnie Rose Pearson.
He was a member of Macedonia M.B. Church in Houlka where he was a deacon, Sunday School superintendent and treasurer. He was a World War II Army veteran. He loved to hunt and fish.
A celebration of life service will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Mays Chapel M.B. Church in Pittsboro. The Rev. Arthur Lee Pearson will officiate. Burial will be in Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Houston. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He leaves four daughters, Mamie Atkinson, Mary Pearson, Flora Pearson and Janice Pearson, all of Houlka; six sons, Willie B. (Evelyn) Pearson of Pontotoc, L.T. Pearson of Indianapolis, Ind., Willie Bob (Reenovera) Pearson, Clinton (Linda) Pearson and Jessie Lee (Romona) Pearson, all of Houlka, and Andrew (Lela) Pearson of Grand Rapids, Mich.; one sister, Lorene Below of Pontotoc; one brother, Joe Lee (Vonda) Pearson Sr. of Little Rock, Ark.; one special great-grandson, Jayden Pearson of Houlka; 21 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mamie Lee “Cat” Pearson, and three daughters, Estelle Vance, Minnie Pearson and Willie Rose Berry.
Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. today with family present from 6 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.