Lewis Ernest "Ernie" Pearson, Jr., 59, of Ruritan Dr., Morganton, NC went to be with his Lord and other loved ones on Tuesday, April 06, 2010 at Grace Hospital following a period of declining health. Born in Burke County, NC on January 27, 1951, he was a son of the late Lewis Ernest Pearson, Sr. and Brunie Murray Pearson. Ernie was a retired employee of the Burke County Public Schools with over twenty years of service. He loved farming, working on any project especially if was outside, and making sure that everything was in its proper place. Ernie was a "Jack of All Trades" and was an exceptionally talented and honest man. He was a devoted and loving family man whose grandchildren were the light of his life. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a niece, Tiffany Carswell.Surviving are his wife, Diann Wellman Pearson of the home; sons, Christopher Scott Pearson and Jeffery Todd Pearson and his wife, Kelly all of Morganton; step-daughters and their husbands, Lorrie and Mike Harris, Wendy and Jeff Houk, and Dana and Brandon Hensley all of Morganton; brothers and their wives, Phifer and Shirley Pearson and Howard and Tammy Pearson all of Morganton; sisters, Anne Roper and her husband, Vernon and Cathy Carswell all of Morganton; grandchildren, Libby, Brittany, Chelsey, Ethan, Hannah, Aubrey, Chesney, Lacey, and Ryan.The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 8, 2010 at Burkemont Baptist Church with the Rev. Marty Bess and Mr. Vernon Roper officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday at Sossoman Funeral Home where the body will remain until placed in the church thirty minutes before the funeral hour. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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