Obituary of Sammy Pearson Sr.
~Family Man, Consummate Entrepreneur, Dedicated Man of God
are just a few words to describe Sammy Jewel Pearson Sr . who transitioned from his earthly labor to
his heavenly reward on Tuesday , September 26th at his home of 50 years . Sammy was born and raised
in Avinger , Tx and moved to Dallas in 1961 after graduating from Traylor High School in Hughes
Springs , Tx . He married the love of his life Sarah Jeanette Stanton on April 8 , 1964 . After several starter
jobs this trailblazer went to work for Ben E Keith in 1968 . While climbing the ladder of success on his
fulltime job of 35 years , Sammy’s burning desire to own his own business and help others was realized.
This hardworking country boy ended up owning several businesses including a cab company , body
shop , feed store and car lot . He was also a caring and compassionate landlord . But his family shared
his heart with his other loves his music and his farm . In the early 70’s he formed a band called Sammy
and the Jumping Jacks where he played drums . He enjoyed telling stories about his band days and
opening up for blues singers like B.B King and Bobby Blue Bland . While he loved music , he was still a
country boy at heart and his farm gave him much joy . Sammy could be found at any time of the day or
night on his farm tending to his animals , mending fences and anything else that needed to be done . His
son , grandsons and neighborhood boys were also farmhands from time to time . Sammy lived his life in
service to others , giving to those in need , praying for the sick , visiting the shut-in , working on various
church auxiliaries and singing in the choir . His favorite song was I’m On The Battlefield For My Lord.
He was a member of Cedar Crest Cathedral CME for over 40 years and served faithfully until his illness
left him homebound . Over the years , he’s received many accolades and honors but his biggest
accomplishment was taking care of his family and loved ones . His love of family had no boundaries and
his work ethic was unmatched . He was honest in his dealings , a man of his word , a natural born leader,
role model and father to the fatherless . Even during his illness he displayed strength , courage , integrity
and a faith that could move mountains . His larger than life presence will be missed but he will forever
live in the heart’s and minds of those who knew and loved him . This remarkable man was preceded in
death by his parents Sam and Nary Pearson; seven sisters (7) Margretta “Piggy” Pearson , Gladys
Pearson Collins , Eva Mae Rose , Burt Anna Clark , Marie Banks , Myrtis Williams , and Dorothy Lena
Bullocks Jones; three brothers (3) Adolphus Pearson , Lemmon Pearson and Gary Lee Pearson . He
leaves to cherish his memory a loving and faithful wife of 53 years Sarah J Pearson; two daughters (2)
Rapunzel Powell and Ramona Luster; one son Sammy J Pearson Jr (Tamika) all of Dallas , TX . ; one
sister (1) Lessie B Lyons of Chicago , Illinois; nine grandchildren (9); three God grandchildren (3); ten
great-grandchildren (10) , along with a host of nieces , nephews and cousins; A special daughter and
sons Yvette Jeffries (Freeman) , Darryl Locke and Chauncey Knight.