Leslie 'Ray' Pearson, 93, of Mooresville, passed away Sept. 1, 2006 at Meadow Lakes in Mooresville.
He was born Oct. 14, 1912 in Bloomfield, to Harvey Franklin Pearson and Delta Alice (Turpin) Pearson. He married Edith Lorene (Fuller) Pearson on Aug. 5, 1934 and she survives this marriage of 72 years.
He lived most of his married life on the west side of Indianapolis; most recently Square Park Manor and Meadow Lakes.
His early years were spent farming on the family farm, then building silos for the Bloomfield Silo Company. During World War II he worked at Allison's. For several years he was a home delivery milkman for Maplehurst Jersey Farms. He also owned Evans Dry Cleaners.
He began working for the city of Indianapolis with the Wastewater Treatment Plant as an operations maintenance mechanic in 1962. He retired from he City of Indianapolis on Jan. 31, 1979. Then Indianapolis Mayor William Hudnut presented him with a certificate for 16 years of service with the Indianapolis Public Works Dept. He also received a certificate of appreciation from Gov. Otis Bowen.
For many years Pearson was member of the Westside Gospel Tabernacle, now Lakeview Christian Center. He later became a member of Bethel Family Worship Center.
He is survived by his wife Edith (Fuller) Pearson; two sons and daughter-in-laws, David F. and Elaine Pearson of Cloverdale and Gary W. and JoAnn Pearson of Indianapolis; four granddaughters, Mona Smith, Sherrie Smith, Rita Rhine and Lori Pearson; two grandsons, Alan Pearson and Kyle Pearson; two great-granddaughters, Jenna Smith and Lacy Pearson; three great-grandsons, Antony Rhine, Sean Rhine and Jake Smith; two great-great grandchildren; and a sister Lois Terrell of Bedford.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Thomas D. and Kevin R. Pearson; two brothers, Wayne and Franklin Pearson; two sisters, Lillian Pearson and Vivian Lawrence; a great-grandson Darren Pearson.
Funeral service will be at Flanner Buchanan, Decatur Township, 5463 Kentucky Ave., on Sept. 6 at 10 a.m. Friends may call one hour prior to service. Rev. Robert Penne will officiate. Burial will be at Lincoln Memory Gardens, 681 S. Indianapolis Road, Whitestown, Ind. Visitation will be Sept. 5 from 4-9 p.m. The family sends a special thank you to the staff of Hendricks Regional Hospital, Meadow Lakes Long-Term Care and Odyssey Hospice for their superb care and understanding. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the Alzheimer's Organization.