COLUMBUS ---- Robert L. Pearson, 74, of Columbus, passed away at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2004 at his residence.
Born July 22, 1930 in Bloomfield, he was the son of Herschell and Ethel Goben Pearson. He married Maxine Riley May 20 1950.
Pearson retired from Stadler Packing Co. and was an Army veteran. He enjoyed watching sports, playing cards and family gatherings.
Survivors include: his wife; a son Robbie Pearson of Columbus; five daughters, Shirley Pickett, Teresa Lowe, Loretta Davis, and Karen Durbin, all of Columbus, and Debbie Pearson of Edinburgh; a brother David Pearson of Linton; two sisters, Pauline Deere of Cambria, Ill., and Betty Cook of Bedford; 18 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son James "Kenny" Pearson; a grandson Matthew Bennett; three brothers; and two sisters.
Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Friday at Barkes, Inlow & Weaver Funeral Home on Washington Street, Columbus, with the Rev. Wayne Emerson officiating. Burial will be at Bethel Baptist Cemetery. Military graveside rites will be conducted by Bartholomew County Veterans Color Guard.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today and from noon until the time of service on Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.