The Obit For Hugh Pearson

Hugh Grant Pearson Jr.

Published in Waco Tribune-Herald from December 25 to December 27, 2010

Hugh Grant Pearson Jr., 87, a long-time Waco Coach and Principal, passed away Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010, at the Waco Veterans Administration Hospital.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, in the OakCrest Funeral Home Chapel. Burial with military honors will be 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio. Visitation will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28, at OakCrest Funeral Home, 4520 Bosque Boulevard.

Hugh was born in Waco June 13, 1923, to Hugh Grant Sr. and Bessie Lee Pearson. He attended Sanger Avenue Elementary, West Jr., and Waco High School where he lettered in Basketball and Track.

He entered the Navy December of 1941, and served in WW II in Naval Air Corp. He rose to 1st Class Petty Officer and was Crew Chief in the Pacific on a B-26.

He married Billie Louise Rodgers June of 1944. After WW II, Hugh entered Baylor University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education in 1950, and a Masters of Arts in 1953.

He was a catcher on Baylor's Baseball team which finished second in the nation in 1948. Hugh was an all SWC Selection several times and all Western Region Selection as well. He also played when he was sixteen years old on Waco's fast pitch softball team which finished second in the world at the playoffs in Arizona.

He coached and taught at East Junior, Waco Tech, and University High for 11 years. He served as the head baseball coach where his teams won many district championships and two regional championships, the equivalent of a state championship at the time.

Hugh entered secondary school administration where he served as an Assistant Principal for a year at University High, Principal of South Junior, and University Junior for several years. He then served as Principal of University High for 17 years.

He moved to Richfield High School in the early 1980's as Principal and successfully completed the consolidation of Richfield, Jefferson Moore, and Waco High into the new Waco High.

He retired in 1987, after 37 years of faithful service to the Waco Independent School District.

After Baylor University and when Hugh began his teaching and coaching career, he played professional baseball for the Texarkana Tigers of the Big State League.

He also played for the Litchfield Optimists, and managed and coached the New Ulm Saints, both in Minnesota, where he won numerous championships.

In 1956, Hugh and Billie had two children, Bruce Edward born in 1956, and Anita Jean born in 1959.

Hugh received many awards and recognitions through the years, including Who's Who in 1973 to 1974, Outstanding Principal in 1983, and Lifetime Member of the Parent Teacher Association of Texas. For many years Mr. Pearson was recognized as "Mr. Curriculum" in the Waco Independent School District.

After retirement, Hugh and Billie enjoyed travelling the world and following his beloved Baylor Bears athletic teams.

Hugh is survived by his wife of 66 years, Billie Louise; son, Bruce E. Pearson and wife, Cec; daughter, Anita J. Wilde; brother, Walter B. Pearson; grandsons, Christopher Wilde, Hugh Grant "Trey" Pearson III and his wife, Amber, and Bryan Turner; his granddaughters, Tia Turner and Amy Calvary; and numerous great-grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the Veterans Hospital of Waco and in particular the caring medical staff of Unit 11-B.

The family respectively requests memorials be made in Hugh's name to the Disabled American Veterans.

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