Joseph Kennedy Pearson
Joseph Kennedy Pearson (Joe) left this earthly life on Thursday Sept. 19, 2019, at his home in Sandy Springs, Ga.
Joe was born on Jan. 23, 1932, to John and Freda Pearson in Meridian, Miss. He attended Mississippi State University on a tennis scholarship and graduated in 1953. After graduating, Joe served as a Naval Aviator for seven years. Following Joe's naval career he worked with educational publishing companies.
On Dec. 26, 1954, he married his Junior High sweetheart, Clara Brandon. They made Atlanta, Ga. their home in 1964. Joe enjoyed participating and being a spectator in many sports, especially those involving his children or grandchildren. He had a strong upbringing in the Methodist Church and continued a lifelong support of the church.
His greatest accomplishments were as husband, father, "Daddy Joe," brother, son, and friend.
Joe is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Claire Pearson; his daughters, Dr. Leigh Beasley (RJ) of Boone, N.C., Mary Claire Chupp of Suwanee, Ga, JoAnn Oates (Jim) of Ormond Beach, Fla.; his grandchildren Joseph (Hillary), Jeremy (Maren), Sarah (Alex), and Rachel; and his eight great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Sandy Springs United Methodist Church (86 Mt. Vernon Hwy. Sandy Springs, Ga.) or to your charity of choice.
A visitation will be held on Monday Sept. 23, at Sandy Springs Chapel from 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Sandy Springs United Methodist on Tuesday at 2 p.m. followed by a private burial service in Meridian on Thursday.
Published on September 24, 2019

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