Thomas F. Pearson

Published 5:32 pm Friday, August 2, 2019

thomas f. pearsonFRANKLIN — Thomas F. Pearson, 73, passed away at home on July 29, 2019, with family at his side.

Tom was born on Dec. 14, 1945, in Memphis, Tennessee, the son of the late William Martin and Mary Katherine Fleeman Pearson.

The Pearson family moved to Franklin in 1956, where Tom graduated from Franklin High School. In 1967, he graduated from Springfield College and began a 34-year career with the YMCA — the last 25 serving as the executive director of the James L. Camp Jr. YMCA.

Tom was an incredible father, a dedicated teacher and coach, and an avid sportsman throughout his life.

He was a former Rotarian and member of the Hunterdale Ruritan Club.

In addition to his parents, Tom was predeceased by his brother, William M. Pearson.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Debra Quesnel Pearson; a brother, Peter Clay Pearson (Sandra) of Charleston, South Carolina; a son, Thomas F. Pearson Jr. (Belinda) of Suffolk, Virginia; a daughter, Katherine Wright of Suffolk; a son and soon-to-be daughter-in-law, Carter Henry Pearson and Mary Whitworth Danielson of New York City; four granddaughters; several cousins; and a faithful lab, Biscuit.

Services will be private, and the family invites friends to join them for a floating reception at the Back Porch at the Village at Woods Edge from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Athens Y Camp, PO Box 8, Tallulah Falls, GA 30573, c/o Edward Schaefer; or to the James L. Camp Jr. YMCA Endowment Fund, c/o Kat Johnson, 300 Crescent Drive, Franklin, VA 23851.