Jim Pearson, 53, of Morganton, NC went home to be with his family on Thursday, December 23, 2010. Born in Burke County, NC on August 7, 1957, he was the son of the late Harley Bud Pearson and Connie Carroll Pearson. Jim was raised in the Baptist Faith. He retired from the N.C. Department of Transportation, having worked in Burke County. He was an avid fisherman and loved to work in his garden.Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 32 years, Marilyn Radford Pearson of the home; a son, Dustin James Pearson of the home; brothers, Michael Pearson of Valdese, NC, Ricky Pearson of Morganton, and Lewis Pearson of Morganton; brothers-in-law, Russell Radford of Marion, NC and Chuck Radford of Union Mills, NC; sisters-in-law, Ann Harklerode of Marion and Frances Metcalf of Inman, SC; and a number of nephews and nieces.The funeral will be held at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 28, 2010 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with a brother-in-law, Riley Harklerode officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park. At other times the family will be at the home.

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