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James “Jim” Nelson Pearson, 83 – Passed May 12, 2021

James “Jim” Nelson Pearson, 83, of Cabool, Missouri, passed away on Monday, May 12, 2021, at Cox Medical Center South in Springfield, Missouri.

He was born on December 14, 1937 in Arcadia, Missouri, the son of Jesse and Flora (Lashley) Pearson.
Jim served in both the U.S. Air Force and the Navy. While stationed in San Diego, California, he met Earlene Carver and they were united in marriage on July 7, 1967 in Chula Vista, California.

He worked for AT&T from 1966 until his retirement in 1993. Soon after retirement they moved back to Cabool where he lived until his passing.

Jim enjoyed hunting, trapping, fishing and anything to do with the outdoors. He enjoyed spending time with his grandkids and great-grandkids teaching them about nature.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; daughter-in-law, Renee Pearson; two sisters, Ann and Jean; and a great-grandson, Dakota Snyder.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Earlene; two sons, Randy Pearson of Cabool and Mike Pearson of Branson West, Missouri; a brother, Bob and wife Paula of California; three children from a previous marriage; his grandchildren, Kristy (Pearson) Bellingroehr of Cabool and Ryan Pearson of Dora, Missouri; great-grandchildren, Drew Curtis of Plato, Missouri, and Gunnar Pearson and Avah Pearson of Cabool; great-great-grandchildren, Colton and Aubrey Curtis of Plato. He will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Graveside services were held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at Cabool Cemetery with Terry Brown officiating. Pallbearers were Gunnar Pearson, Ryan Pearson, Mike Pearson, Drew Curtis, Wynston Skaggs and Gary Jesse. Interment was in Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Online condolences may be made at

In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to the Cabool Cemetery c/o the funeral home.