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Eckener Bryant Pearce

August 31, 1929October 26, 2020

Eckener "Chic" Bryant Pearce passed away suddenly at his home on Monday, October 26, 2020. Born in Oxford, North Carolina in 1929 to Eugene Bryant and Ina Woodlief Pearce, Eckener moved to Wake County with his parents in 1936.

Eckener attended Campbell College and later Wake Forest University, where he studied business. Eckener enjoyed athletics, especially baseball, basketball, and karate— he played basketball at Campbell while pursuing his degree, played baseball in the Raleigh city league, played softball at his church, and took karate lessons alongside his sons. Eckener was also a proud veteran of the Korean War, serving in Texas and Germany.

Later, he worked for the North Carolina SBI as a special agent and Director of Ballistics and Toolmark, where he was highly regarded by coworkers and superiors alike. Raleigh was Eckener’s home for over 60 years— all spent in one home that saw five generations of his family pass through the doors. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church for 60 years, where he helped establish and grow the church community and later served as a deacon.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ruth Worrell Pearce; sons Farley (Heidi), Brad (Terri), and Stewart (Dana); brother, Jim Pearce (Ruth); grandchildren, Amy (Nelson), Katie (Nick), Alexander, William, Eric, Abbygale, and Sidney; and great-grandson, Augustus Bryant. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Nola Daniel, Doris Barham, and Carolyn Shearon.

Immediate family will gather at the Trinity Baptist Church Memorial Garden for the Inurnment Service on Monday, November 2, 2020; a Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.

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Brad Pearce

November 8, 2020

Brad Pearce

November 8, 2020

Brad Pearce

November 8, 2020

Fred Pickler

November 3, 2020

As a gentle breeze drifts through the long leaf pines there is certain to be a whisper welcoming Chic as he journeys into heaven . There were several sides to this great Gentleman; Warrior, Loyal friend, Christian,Lawman and a “Special Chic” only a select few met through a rite of passage (some would say prankster)
He will be missed by all who knew him

Alexander Pearce

November 2, 2020

Alexander Pearce

November 2, 2020

Alexander Pearce

November 2, 2020

Alexander Pearce

November 2, 2020

There was some debate Granddaddy favored strawberry or peach homemade ice cream. I think it really came down to the quality of the fruit used. He loved homegrown peaches and fresh-picked strawberries -- anything else simply would not cut it.
He was a connosseiur of homemade fresh fruit preserves (I believe blackberry was among his favorites) and he was an expert in choosing perfectly ripe fruit, the best honey, the best corn, homegrown tomatoes, and especially watermelons! He loved watermelon. I remember several times when I rode with Granddaddy in the white truck to great uncle Jimmy's so we could pick up a couple huge watermelons for the beach. And, as cousin Amy said, he really did teach us how to eat and savor those sweet moments.

I am so grateful to have gotten to know Granddaddy during my formative years and for a quarter of a century now. I truly loved him and each year realize I take after him more than I had thought. His personality, spirit, and mental fortitude live on in each of us, his grandchildren, and even great-grandchild Augustus! He was so proud of us and we are so lucky to have gotten to know him and to have learned from his wisdom.

Farley Pearce

November 2, 2020

Farley Pearce

November 2, 2020

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