Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home

3780 Highway 80 East, Pearl, MS


Billy R. Pearson

October 25, 1933March 22, 2020

Rev. Billy R. Pearson, 86, went home to Heaven on Sunday, March 22, 2020.

He was born October 25, 1933, in Laurel, a son of the late Samuel V. Pearson and Minnie Mae Broadhead Pearson. Rev. Pearson was a 32nd Degree Mason, a member of the Shriners, and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He enjoyed a lengthy career in sales and distribution of retail foods, and then followed the Lord’s call to be a non-denominational preacher.

Rev. Pearson loved people, and dedicated his life to serving others. To the delight of local children he served as the Shriner’s Clown, “Yoyo”, and as Santa for parades. Rev. Pearson stayed active during his residency at the nursing home, singing during Sunday services, entertaining other residents, and making balloon animals just to bring a smile to someone.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Betty Moore Pearson, in 2017, as well as his daughter-in-law, Rosemary Pearson.

Survivors include sons, Billy Wayne Pearson, and Glenn Pearson and wife Sherry; daughter, Kathy Whitehead and husband Tommy; brother, Tommy Pearson; sister, Sammie Jean Johnson; grandchildren, Heather Rogers, Beau Pearson, Brittney Barnett, and Matthew Whitehead; and great-grandchildren, Madison Rogers, Conner Loper, Dylan Pearson, Oliver Pearson, Hutson Barnett, and Harper Hastings Barnett.

Visitation will be 9:30-10:30am, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home in Pearl. Graveside services will follow at 11:00am at Crestview Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made for the research of dementia/alzheimer’s at dementiasociety.org, or alz.org, or for the medical care of children at shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.


  • Billy Wayne Pearson, Son
  • Glenn Pearson, Son
  • Kathy Whitehead, Daughter
  • Tommy Pearson, Brother
  • Sammie Jean Johnson, Sister
  • Heather Rogers, Grandchild
  • Beau Pearson, Grandchild
  • Brittney Barnett, Grandchild
  • Matthew Whitehead, Grandchild
  • Madison Rogers, Great-Grandchild
  • Conner Loper, Great-Grandchild
  • Dylan Pearson, Great-Grandchild
  • Oliver Pearson, Great-Grandchild
  • Hutson Barnett, Great-Grandchild
  • Harper Hastings Barnett, Great-Grandchild


  • Visitation Wednesday, March 25, 2020


Billy R. Pearson

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Madison Rogers

March 24, 2020

I remember when I was little, I’d go to my nanny and paws house every Wednesday. They had a case of Dr Pepper in the fridge for me and he’d go get me churches chicken all the time. He’d make me balloon animals and do magic tricks. He lived an awesome life.

Tina White

March 24, 2020

My most memorable memory is when I met Mr. Pearson for the first time. He asked if I liked Little Debbie's. Well yes, of course I do. My favorite is nutty butty bars I told him. Next thing I knew, here he comes out of his truck with not just one box, but a whole case. I ate nutty buttys for a long time.

Heather Rogers

March 23, 2020

fly high Paw I love ya, Sister