The Memorial Service will be this Saturday (February 13, 2010) at 1 PM CST at the Greater Union Baptist Church 1300 N. Guillemard St.Pensacola, Florida 32501 maps.google.com/maps
Special seating is reserved for the PHS Class of 1979 so please indentify yourselves upon arrival.
Also, in lieu of flowers we are asking that you send a Love Token to Mrs. Pearson who is on a fixed income and could use our support. I sent a Comfort Planter from our Class yesterday and will send a Love Token to Mrs. Pearson for $100.00 from our Class as well.
Send the Love Token to:
5203 Clifton Avenue
Pensacola FL 32505
The coroner said that Robert passed from a blood clot in the lungs and the left leg, further medical investigation is pending.
A Family Fellowship at Esther Pearson's house immediately following the service will be provided.(See above Address)
Also, either after the Family Fellowship or after the memorial service classmates, family or friends are welcome to meet us at Brews Brothers at 830 North Navy Boulevard Pensacola, FL 32507 (850) 456-2537 This was Rob's favorite hang out and they even have a black band around his favorite mug.
If you would like to contact John Pearson (Robert’s Brother) his email address:
Our good friend and leader passed on February 5, 2010. The memorial service was heald on February 13, 2010 at the Greater Union Baptist Church. It was loving service with many in attendance. See the obituary from the Pensacola News Journal posted below for more details.
In lieu of flowers we are asking that you send a Love Token to Mrs. Pearson who is on a fixed income and could use our support. From our Class I sent a Comfort Planter and presented Ms. Pearson with a Love Token of $100.00 at the service.
Send the Love Token to:
5203 Clifton Avenue
Pensacola FL 32505
If you would like to contact John Pearson (Robert’s Brother) his email address:
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands at the time of challenges and controversy." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Robert "Rob" Anthony Pearson, 48, of Pensacola passed away suddenly on February 5, 2010. He was born November 2, 1961 in Richards Gebaur Air Force Base, Mount Pleasant Township, Kansas City, MO to Esther Byrd Pearson and John W. Pearson, Sr. (now deceased). Rob came to Pensacola in 1968. At the age of 16, he accepted Christ as his Savior and was baptized by the late Dr. A.J. King, Sr. at Greater Union Baptist Church. He attended these schools in Escambia County: Spencer Bibbs, A.V. Clubbs, and Pensacola High School where he was elected Class President in his Junior and Senior years. Rob had numerous and various interests which included: bowling, golf, tennis, reading, playing cards, traveling (especially to Hawaii), playing Trivia and furthering his education. He was a member of the Boy Scouts-Eagle Rank and Order of the Arrow, Vigil Member. Rob's "higher" education with degrees include: Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Science with Minor in Business Administration/ Classics (Troy University, Troy, AL-Magna Cum Laude-1982) Dean's Honor List (8 Qtrs.) and President's Honor List (4 Qtrs.); Master of Business Administration in E Commerce (University of Dallas, Dallas, TX-2003, Sigma Iota Epsilon-National Honorary and Professional Management Fraternity); Master of Management in Global Business/Supply Chain Management, (University of Dallas, Dallas, TX-2007); Doctor of Philosophy in Information Systems-Graduate School of Computer Information Systems (Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL-2005 (ABD). His other accomplishments and affiliations include: Phi Kappa Phi-National Scholastic Honor Society, Gamma Beta Phi (National Scholastic and Leadership Honor Society), Delta Sigma Pi (International Business Fraternity) -Life Member Delta Sigma Pi (Brother of the Year Award - 1982) Professional Bowlers Association Member, USBC. He bowled 2 "300" games. Rob worked in Dallas, TX, Birmingham, AL, Topeka, KS, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Miami, FL, Tallahassee, FL, Jacksonville, FL, and Nashville, TN in positions of IT-Consultant, System Analyst-Financial Reporting and Technical Analyst. He leaves to cherish his precious memories: his loving mother, Esther Byrd Pearson; devoted brother, John W. (Sheila) Pearson, Jr.; nephew, John Edward Pearson; special aunt, Laurine Jackson of Jacksonville, FL; numerous cousins in St. Louis, MO; special friends, Mike, John B., Brad, Rick, Randy, Don, and Jim F.; neighbors, Prentice and Evette Smith; and numerous other friends who loved him very much. Trahan Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2010 at Greater Union Baptist Church, 1300 North Guillemard Street, Pensacola, FL.
Reposted form the Pensacola News Journal on February 12, 2010.
I am very sadden by Robert passing he was a very compassionate person and he will be missed.
From Janice Baldwin Lindsey on February 20th, 2010
For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favor is life: Weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning. Psalm 30:5, Mrs. Pearson I know that you may be weeping now but your joy will come in the morning. It will come when the healing begin, it will come when the tears you shed are of memories that you have of your baby Robert and not of sorrow. Mrs. Pearson, John and the entire Pearson family and friends Know that God will wipe away all of your tears so that joy can come in the morning as the healing begins. My prayers are with you all.
From Michele Powell-Irby on February 16th, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with the Pearson family.
From Celeste Flippen on February 15th, 2010
Poon - I'll miss you, my friend. Over the years it was great to run into you, share the love of PHS and the PPS, and just belly-laugh over some funny memories. I recall slapping someone's face in high school when they dissed you, and that moment was a touch-point for me. Take care, old friend, and give Mob our love.
From Geoff Poston on February 15th, 2010
Rap.....thats what I always called you....Rap....you gave me my first opportunity to bowl Nationals...you gave me my first opportunity to go to Vegas. You never asked for anything in return. I talked to you a couple weeks ago about a visit, I will miss you..........I will always appreciate your friendship and wish I could have seen you more, may you rest in peace......geoff
From Liz Nall on February 15th, 2010
I was sad to hear about your passing. I remember the Student Council Meetings. You were always Prez to me and I don't think you ever met a stranger. I will never forget our last converstation and there you were talking about our next class reunion. You were always looking ahead to the future. Prayers go out to your family and you will always be remembered. To follow classmates.. when darkness surrounds you..find your inner strength...and it will carry you through the winters into spring. Love, Liz
From Steve Kearley on February 13th, 2010
Robert, I will always have great memories of you with your easy smile, quick wit, sharp insights and approachable spirt. You were always so easy to talk to and someone whose words I never took lightly. Your large heart is shown through your accomplisments and by the many friends you have from all over the country.
Poon, you're the kind of person someone could meet just once, and be friends for life. You're a great soul.
May your family and friends know God's comfort in this time of loss.
From Debby Barfield Martin on February 12th, 2010
I will always remember you by your quick infectious smile and how friendly you were to everyone. You brought life and laughter to a room (and to a party). You will be greatly missed.
From Linda Safford on February 11th, 2010
I am so sorry for your loss, Mrs. Pearson and John. Our class so strongly feels the loss and I am personally thankful for the time I knew Robert in school. It was wonderful to see him again at the reuion. I'm very sad to see him leave us. I will never forget his warm heart and smile and his memory will be with me.
God bless and comfort you.
From carlos perez-cubas on February 11th, 2010
ROBERT AND I MET AT BOYS STATE IN 1978 AND WE CLICKED AS FREINDS AND STAYED IN TOUCH OVER THE YEARS. ROBERT WAS A KIND OF PERSON WHO IS RARE TO FIND IN THE WORLD TODAY. HE WAS HONEST, STRAIGHT FORWARD, AND UNDERSTANDING. HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED BY ME ,FREINDS AND ANYONE WHO WORKED WITH HIM. I PRAY FOR HIM AND HIS FAMILY. HEAVEN IS A BETTER PLACE BECAUSE OF ROBERT. GOD BLESS HIM
From Scott Fisk on February 10th, 2010
It is always tragic when a friend is lost. I feel blessed that I had the chance to even meet Robert and know him for a short time in my life. I want to express my deepest condolences to his family and pray that God holds them and embraces them during this time of loss.
From Kim Meador Turner on February 10th, 2010
Robert, You have left us with wonderful memories of years past. I think in the last 5 or so years, I have seen you in airports everywhere from Vegas to Atlanta. When we would see each other I would say "It's Poon" and you would say "It's Meador" You will be dearly missed my friend... And to Ms. Pearson, You had an exceptional son. We all share in your sadness, but in the depths of your sorrow is the hope that you will see Robert again in heaven. And hope that because of Christ healing power, your sorrow will be comforted by him. With Love, Kim
From Errol Tanner on February 9th, 2010
Robert and I became friends during his short stint at RealEC in Houston. We both left RealEC one week apart but kept in touch via emails or by telephone in ensuing months. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to meet and befriend Robert as we had many things in common. I found him to be a kindhearted, astute and very knowlegdeable gentlemen who I will surely miss. Rest in Peace Robert, your troubles are over. My sincere condolences to your Mom and the rest of your family.
From Manny Perez on February 9th, 2010
I will surely miss Rob. I a short time of working with him at the same company in LV, we had so much fun hanging out at the casinos or during lunch hour. A great person and real nice guy. All the while I thought he was enjoying himself in Vegas for the yearly superbowl party.
From Howard Boyd on February 8th, 2010
"Poon" .... What can I say? It didn't matter that life took us down different roads and that we didn't see one another until our 30th class reunion. Your friendship never changed. There are those whose friendship always remains the same, no matter how much time has passed, no matter how much our lives change and no matter what journeys our lives have taken. You were one such friend. Many times, over the years, I thought about you. With each thought, my mind was filled with the image of a smiling friend who always made others feel welcome. You were a friend that I never had to explain myself to, and a friend that always accepted me, regardless of my faults.
We still have you in our mind, in our memories and in our hearts. And because of that, you will be with us forever.
God Bless you mother, whom you so often lovingly spoke of. I never met her, but I feel like I know her.
We love you, Friend. And tell "Mob", hello.
From liz nall on February 8th, 2010
I will remember our talks in Student Council. Robert was so beyond his years. I know he never met a stranger. He was always Prez to me. I am glad we spoke at the last class reunion and he was exicted about the next reunion. That smile with a gentle heart and kind words to everyone. A special person who will be remembered. In times like these..when darkness covers you.when remember to find your inner self and it will carry you thru the winter into spring...Robert is watching over all of us. Pray for his family and let the memories shine on. Love, Liz
From Ethel gail Samuel on February 8th, 2010
Bless those who mourn, elernal God, with the comfort of your love that they may face each new day with hope and the certainty that nothing can destroy the good that has been given. may their memories become joyful, their days enriched with friendship,and their lives encircled by your love. From Ethel Samuel
From Geoff Poston on February 7th, 2010
Rap.....I met you almost 20 years ago....we bowled Nationals many times, hung out a lot...you were always a caring man...you thought of others before you thought of yourself....I can let you know how grateful I am to have you as a friend but that will never be enough...I will miss you and I wish we could have hung out a lot more over the last couple years...I will never forget my first adult league and our team name "2 rooks and a pro", you were an awesome person and I can let you know how bad my heart aches, my your family find peace....and may you rest in peace......
From Michael Pelezo on February 7th, 2010
My Brother Rob, thank you for 42 years of friendship. We started out in grammer school, made Eagle Scouts, continued on to be two of the best class's at PHS...Class of 79.....class of 80. Thank you for all of our Bowling Trips, concerts and traveling all around the world enjoying life togather, we had so many good times over the years and alot of good times will be imbeded in my brain forever. You were the brother I never had, I'm sorry for getting you into any troubles over the years(smiling) . I will miss the rum and cokes and all nite card games with Brad Huggins and Randy Swan and the good times in new orleans. Now who am I gonna tease about Florida State?......I miss you already Bro....Save me a place in Heaven........your best pal in the world.....Michael Pelezo Master Sergent United States AirForce
From Jeff Schappert on February 7th, 2010
I will never forget the wonderful times we had together. I shall miss you. I pray for peace for your mom. You are a dear friend and I shall see you again.
From Nolton Schexnider on February 7th, 2010
My heart sincerely goes out to all of Roberts friends and family. I worked a short time with Robert in Houston, TX where we both spent about the same amount of time before our contracts ended. He made me feel welcome right away and never have I met anyone who became such a good friend in such a short amount of time. We spoke on the phone for an hour 2 weeks ago which involved a lot of colorful expressions for our previous employer.This was the kind of person he was... smart, kind, fun and giving! He often spoke about going to his festivals! I will really miss him and wish I would have had the opportunity to know him longer.
From Bob Lockwood on February 7th, 2010
While I didn't know you in high school, our 20 year friendship has given me many smiles and memories like........driving down the tollway to work, road trip to the Key's, GABF, Vegas Super Bowl parties, football games, and JB concerts. You were always my rock solid friend to lend an ear. My family and I will miss you and I am still stunned that you are longer with us.
God Bless you and hoping you have a spot on the beach somewhere right now.
My prayers go out to your mom and family.
From barbara malone plant on February 7th, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with your family,i have never attended a reunion,but often think of my fellow classmates,so sorry for the loss of an outstanding young man.
Barbara Malone Plant
From Robert Randall on February 6th, 2010
I will sorely miss you brother. I will miss your good humor and the way you could always make me laugh and smile. While I morn your passing, I rejoice in the memories of all the good times we had. God bless you and, from this old sailor, fair winds and following seas.
From Newlene Dean on February 6th, 2010
Life is uncertain, but death is for sure; am awakening truth that we all must endure.
My prayers are with you and John. I can truly say that I know how you feel to lose a child; a son suddenly. But find comfort in knowing that he left this world just as he entered it - with you - his mom. The comfort is to have had the chance to give him one last embrace and hold him in your arms. Many mothers do not get that chance ( I did not).
The healing comes from the Lord and I know you and I know that your faith will help you and John to endure the trials ahead. Surround yourself with pictures and thhoughts of his compassion. We know that he loved you so very much because he often spoke of you and when we had our 25th reunion he was so concerned about your care.
God bless you and keep you. I recently received a poem in memory of my son that I find very comforting and I want to share it with you. It may be hard to imagine going on right now, BUT GOD will take care of you and your wounded heart will heal. Here is the poem: ~In Loving Memory~ Please God forgive a silent tear, a constant wish that he was here. Others were taken, yes we know, but he was our and we loved him so. He bid no one a last farewell, nor even said, "good-bye." He was gone befor we knew it and only God knows why. If all the world were ours to give we'd give it all and more- to see that loving face of his just once more. For those who have someone who means a lot, treasure them with care. For you never know their value. . . til you see their vacant chair.
God keep you, Love Newlene 479-9366 & Your friend - Dr. A. L. Durant 433-6743
From Debbie Cohen Hendricks on February 6th, 2010
Robert all your classmates will miss you, but we will never forget you or your infectious smile! Prayers going out to your Mom and family.
Debbie Cohen Hendricks
From Tina Emmons Currence on February 6th, 2010
Robert was such a nice person in High School. I just recently reconnected with him through facebook. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.
From Jeddy Ruiz on February 6th, 2010
Our Classmates & Schoolmates from other years will miss you. This is a loss, but we all need to be strong which I am sure you want us to be.
I would like to share a Robert Pearson story with our classmates which is a story that I just shared with Robert's Mom earlier tonight. Robert knows about this since I told him about it during our Reunion.
Anyway, this past summer I would pick up my daughter, Marygrace, from basketball practice @ PHS since she played on the Lady Tiger Varsity Basketball team as a 9th grader. One day after practice, I had all three of my daughters & drove by Robert's old house across from PHS. I mentioned to my daughters that our Class President lived there. My eldest, Elizabeth, then asked me if he would leave his home for school when the bell rang. I told her that I did not know that answer, nor did I ever think to ask Robert either while we were @ PHS nor after we graduated. I also mentioned that I would ask him @ our reunion. Well, I did ask Robert that question 34 years after we 1st met during our reunion. Robert told me that "Yes" he would sometimes leave after the 1st bell rang. After I told my daughters the answer to that question, they all laughed.
I am very happy to say that since my Daughters met Robert when we had breakfast @ Cracker Barrel a few years ago, they knew who I was talking about when I showed them his home.
Your memory will also remain with my daughters since they remembered your home & you after I gave them the news tonight.
You will be missed My Friend. My Condolences to your Family & I will attend your Memorial Service.
Jeddy M. Ruiz
From Randy, Brad, Rick and Jim Swann, Huggins, Vignolo and Fox on February 6th, 2010
Rob (Poon) your Wingmen miss you!
This is a picture from last year's 2nd annual New Orleans road trip. The only other Wingman we are missing in Mitch Hudson, he could not make it last year.
Thought you all would enjoy seeing this!
From ronald(ron) riley on February 6th, 2010
i am very sad to hear about the sudden loss of our great friend and very well respected ;robert will be vastly missed ;i am in tears as i try to write this , im sorry i did;ntget to see him, but he will always be with me and all of us in my heart. robert was a genuine person and a great leader by example,love ya.
From cindy goodrich-shepherd on February 6th, 2010
oh, mr. president...MY president. i am at a loss, as i am sure all are, but that smile will never fade. there's nothing more i can say.
From Scott Baisden on February 6th, 2010
Sorry to hear about the passing of yet another dear friend,yet glad to have made it to the class reunion. It brought back good times and better times. Now to hear of Robert's passing just rips a big part out of all of us. Brother, you will be sorely missed. GOD BLESS.
From Debra Barrow-Coker on February 6th, 2010
To our dear friend, you will be sorely missed. Time separated us from each other, all of us, life goes on and yet our minds hold memories that cannot be taken. God is good. You were the smiling face in our young lives, you were a great role model, always cheering us on as a whole unit! We love you now more because we look back with more knowledgable minds. Robert, you WILL NOT be forgotten. I pray for the Lord to grant us peace as we deal with your passing. Time marches on. So must we. We will do it in your honor. Forever in my heart and mind, Deb.
From Barbara Leshyn on February 6th, 2010
Where you once stood, in the world, on this earth and in our hearts there is now a void.We will fill the void with our memories of you and our stories of you but we will never be able to completely fill this vacant spot in our hearts for your smile and presence in this world are completely irreplaceable. We will keep your essence alive my friend as we age and keep the stories of you alive but know that there will always be grief in that you did not grow old along side us. Rest in peace Robert Pearson. We miss you.
From Karen (Schulte) Botham on February 6th, 2010
Death never comes at the right time, but it seems especially ill-timed for someone who had so much life left in him. Rest in peace, Robert Pearson.
From Forrest Christenot on February 6th, 2010
O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won,
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.
O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up -- for you the flag is flung -- for you the bugle trills,
For you bouquets and ribbon'd wreaths -- for you the shores a-crowding,
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
Here Captain! dear father!
This arm beneath your head!
It is some dream that on the deck,
You've fallen cold and dead.
My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still, My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will,
The ship is anchor'd safe and sound, its voyage closed and done,
From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won;
Exult O shores, and ring O bells!
But I with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.
You were the tie that bound us together. As a class, as friends. You stoked the home fires while we lived our lives. You went the extra mile. When we slept, you were on watch. When we forgot, you reminded us. You uplifted us in a way unique to each of our personalities. You were our first leader. Our paths crossed many times, in many places. My only memories are of laughter. I will value your friendship, always.
Forrest B. Christenot
From Phillip Brown on February 6th, 2010
I will miss you my freind. Ms Pearson and John my other brother may God keep you and give you all strenght in you time of need.
From Michael Mann on February 6th, 2010
It's sad to hear the world has lost another great person at such a young age. He touched many people with his heart and his mind. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers to his family.
From Linda Presley Robinson on February 6th, 2010
Words alone can not express the sadness or the shock to know that you're gone....I mean we were just texting each other a few days ago on Facebook. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to have you in my life, to see you again at our 30th class reunion and to be able to call you my friend has been an honor. God bless you my friend, you have been called from labor to reward.
From Cindy Silcox Hinton on February 5th, 2010
Not only were you our fearless Class President and All-Round Great Guy, you were a friend. I think back to our high school days at PHS and you were the one that always wore the smile on your face that would brighten anyone's day. I am saddened by the news of your passing but I know you are in a better place, where we will all gather again together for the ultimate class reunion that will last for eternity. You will always be remembered.
From Sandy Washburn (Cantrell) on February 5th, 2010
I am so saddened to hear of Robert's passing. I had hoped to meet up with him this past December, but it did not work out. I am glad he was able to see PHS have a winning season. I have fond memories of Robert from high school. My prayers and thoughts are with his family.
God Bless and Keep you Robert, Amen.
From Mike Stefanko on February 5th, 2010
Shocked at the news. Robert was a good man. Our prayers are with his family. He will be missed by many.
From Kellye Howell on February 5th, 2010
I am sending prayers to his family. Robert will be greatly missed. We will all share in great memories of our times together! Much Love and Light, Kellye
From Jeffrey Hartley on February 5th, 2010
I know you are as shocked and saddened as I am in hearing this news about our friend and classmate, Robert. I can honestly say that at this point I don’t know where to begin in trying to get my hands around such a traumatic event for all of us. Memories of Robert and the great times we had are flooding through my mind and my heart and I’m sure you are doing the same. Some people make the world special just by being in it. Robert was one of those people. Just looking at his picture brings a smile to my face. A smile that probably resembles one I wore on a much younger face years ago. That feeling is the one I will hold onto in the days ahead. I will leave you with these two quotes.
Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.
-- Dr. Seuss
You and I will meet again, When we're least expecting it, One day in some far off place, I will recognize your face, I won't say goodbye my friend, For you and I will meet again. -- Tom Petty
From Shonnie conti on February 5th, 2010
You will be missed. Thanks for all you did over the years.
From Tina Herrmann Porch on February 5th, 2010
What a loss not only to this wonderful family and to the class of 79, but for everyone who knew Robert. He had an uncanny ability to bridge divides between people and make everyone see and appreciate the differences there. You will be missed terribly Robert and I pray for peace and comfort for your grieving family and friends. Til we meet again...
From Lisa Sells Yates on February 5th, 2010
Words never seem adequate when expressing sympathies over the loss of a friend. Robert was a shining light in the class of 1979. He was always positive, funny, a gentleman, and easy to be with. Robert was a good friend to me personally. Reminds me of the quote that says, "people may not always remember what you did, but they'll remember how you made them feel." For me, that was Robert. I will miss you and I am so thankful I got to see you at our 30th reunion.
From Helen Gulas on February 5th, 2010
I can't believe you've been taken from us so early. Your smile lit up a room. I was fortunate that our paths crossed several times in your short life. You will be sorely missed. God bless you and your family.
From Sandra Lozowicki on February 5th, 2010
It is hard to believe your spirit has left us so early. You were the rock for our class and I am very sad I did not get to make it up to our last class reunion to say hello to you again. I have very fond memories of your humor and charm when we were in high school. You will be greatly missed!
From Sharon Crocker McNair Thurman on February 5th, 2010
You are going to be missed by many, that beautiful smile, now I am really sorry I was unable to make it to the reunion. Seems 2010 is going to be a year for many great losses. I pray for your mom and family and may you be with our Lord God and soaring with his Angels now." It's never good bye but see you latter"Jim thanks for the post please keep us updated. Will pray for you I know you both were special friends. With many Prayers,Love and Hugs Sharon