Walter Gray Pearson

March 3, 1923April 10, 2014

Walter Gray Pearson, 91, passed away on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh.

Walter was born in Henderson, NC on March 3, 1923 to Marion Martin and John Gray Pearson. He grew up in South Hill, Virginia and graduated from South Hill High School in 1940. He received a two year business degree from Smithdeal-Massey Business School before joining the Army and entering WWII in January, 1943. After the war, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Richmond and went on to Veterinary School at the University of Georgia. Walter received his veterinary license in June, 1953.

Walter married Mary Bryan Taylor Pearson in 1954, and she joined him in his veterinary practice in Emporia, Virginia. In 1961, he and his wife moved to Raleigh, NC where he began a 28 year career with the N.C. Dept. of Agriculture at Rollins Animal Disease Lab specializing in veterinary virology.

Walter was a kind, gentle man who was devoted to his family. He had a passion for sailing and being on the water. He loved music, played many instruments, and sang with school and church choirs. He lived his life with a generous heart.

Walter was preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary and his parents. Those left to honor his memory include his son, Thomas Bryan Pearson and wife Angie; daughter, Anne Martin Pearson Stoneham and husband Jim; grandchildren, Dylan Gray and Callie Taylor Stoneham, Caroline Grace and Anna Bryan Pearson. He is also survived by his brother and sister, William Thomas Pearson (Marian) and Sue Pearson Justis of South Hill, VA; Mary’s brother, Dr. William M. Taylor of Durham, NC.

The family will receive friends 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Sunday, April 13, 2014 at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 St. Mary’s Street, Raleigh 27605. A graveside service will be held Monday, April 14, 2014, 11:00 am at Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh, NC.

Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, St. Mary’s St., Raleigh.


  • Visitation Sunday, April 13, 2014
  • Graveside Service Monday, April 14, 2014

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April 16, 2014

My sincere sympathy to the family. It is a blessing Walter lived a long life because there are many people who may never see his age. May Almighty God who provide comfort to us (2 Cor 1:3) be with you during this difficult time of your life.

Vicki Hendrick

April 15, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Dan Johnston

April 14, 2014

Even though I have always had sailor blood in me, the time I spent with sailing with Bryan and his Dad helped me understand the love of having wind in your sails. Walter Gray was one of the biggest, strongest and nicest men I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. Bryan and Ann were very lucky to have Walter Gray and Mary as parents.

Joy and Carl Ingallinera

April 14, 2014

Walt will truly be missed on the street. He was a vibrant, sweet man and always wore a smile. The way he cared for Miss Mary was an inspiration for us all. ??

Jo Ann Williford

April 13, 2014

I join my other neighbors on Lorraine Rd. in expressing my sympathy. Walt was a good neighbor and a friend, and we will miss him.