Janice Allen Pearce

December 3, 1937May 14, 2014

Janice (“Jan”) Allen Pearce, 76, of New Bern, died peacefully May 14, 2014, at Wilson Medical Center.

Beloved wife and mother, Jan had a career that spanned several years and was the source of many close and lasting friendships. Early on, Jan was a buyer for Hudson Belk in Havelock, after which she became a renowned substitute school teacher at Havelock High School. There she earned not only the love and respect of her students and colleagues, but also the special title, Sgt. Pearce. Finally, Jan spent several happy years working at the Craven-Carteret Electric Membership Co-op before she retired to spend her leisure time, much of it at Emerald Isle, with the love of her life, Pat, their close “beach friends,” and her family.

She was a member of First Baptist Church of Havelock, where she particularly enjoyed the supportive fellowship of her Sisters in the Fidelis Sisters’ Sunday School Class.

Jan is preceded in death by her husband of almost 59 years, Patrick Pearce, and her daughter in-law, Deborah Pearce.

She is survived by her two sons, Patrick R. “Randy” Pearce of Wilson, and Richard A. “Rick” Pearce of Raleigh; her daughter, Renee Zukerman, and husband David of Wilmington; brother, Gary Robinette, of Thomasville; sister, Patricia Phillips, of Thomasville; her grandchildren, Dawn P. Etheridge, Tommy W. Pearce, Lily Zukerman and Abel Zukerman; her great-grandchildren, Madison A. Etheridge, Tyler Pearce and Kaleb Pearce; and a special nephew, Charles Corridori of Arizona.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 3:00 pm at Cotten Funeral Home. The family will receive friends following the service. Burial, at Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, will take place on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 2:00 pm.

Flowers are accepted or memorial donations may be made to: First Baptist Church of Havelock 111 Hollywood Blvd., Havelock, NC 28532.

Online condolences may be made to the Pearce family at


  • Funeral Service Sunday, May 18, 2014

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maritza rodriguez

May 18, 2014

Sorry for your loss , she will be another angel in heaven ,she will be miss but her memories will live for ever on us

May 17, 2014

Renee, David, Lily, Abel and family, I am so very sorry to learn of your mom's passing. She was such a sweet, dignified lady and I'm very glad to have met her. We are sending many hugs of love and comfort. Julie, Harry and Kristi Poole

William Schack

May 17, 2014

Sorry about your great loss. She was a good and fun teacher to have in high school. May God help you through all this.

Susan Sims

May 17, 2014

Renee, I am so sad to hear this news. Holding you and your family close in peace and light. Please let me know if you need anything. Love, Susan Sims and Clark Pritts

Gaye Carter

May 17, 2014

Renee, Randy and Rick, so very sorry about you losing your Mom. She was a dear friend and a good person. She will always be a happy memory for me. God Bless you all.

Charles Corridori

May 17, 2014

I will miss my aunt Jan.

Katherine Pearce

May 16, 2014

I will miss many things about you Nanny. Belk will never be the same without my partners. I pray for strength and comfort during this difficult time. We love you

Kevin Lofton

May 16, 2014

Sorry to here about the lost of MRS Pearce Randy did good job for mom she is in a better place now love you Kevin Lofton