|George F. Pearce, Jr. was born in Belcher, Louisiana and lived in Gilliam during his early years with his parents and three younger brothers. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of fifty-four years, Frances, and by his grandson, Shannon Pearce Brown. He is survived by four children and spouses: Glenelle and Nettles Brown, Don and Linda Pearce, Jean and Ronny Bodenhamer and Carl Pearce; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. George dedicated himself to his family, his many communities and to sharing the gospel at all times where ever he was. Brother George is remembered for his strong and enduring faith in Christ and his service to the Lord with over seventy years of ministry. He attended John Brown School where he began his ministry in the hills of Arkansas. He was a graduate of Centenary College and Southern Methodist University and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Centenary College.
In 1939 George founded Broadmoor Church in Shreveport and returned to serve there after retirement. He served other pastorates at: Memorial, Monroe; First Church in DeRidder, Natchitoches, Lake Charles, and Bossier City. He was District Superintendent of the Shreveport District from 1964-1969. During World War II, George was a Navy Chaplain spending three years ministering to sailors and the Marine Corp members in the Pacific.
Brother George was a gifted storyteller with a wonderful sense of humor, which he shared often. He enjoyed music, playing his harmonica for fun gatherings and, also, for many graveside services. He was a person of moderation, wanting nothing extra for himself. He was very loving, always putting others before himself. He was very humble never seeking the limelight or any credit for himself. He was very committed to his FAITH and to bringing others to believe in Jesus Christ whether it was persons on the street, salespeople or even telephone solicitors….Christ and the Church was part of the conversation. He was a doer, acting on his beliefs. And he was dedicated to the belief that God teaches that legalized and commercialized gambling is wrong!
Even at the age of 90 George continued to serve others by: preaching each Tuesday night at the Waterford Retirement Center; volunteering for AAKP (kidney patients); and at Broadmoor Church - leading the recycling committee and the committee for volunteer tutors at Arthur Circle Elementary, teaching Sunday School and continuing to visit nursing homes and shut-ins. Five days a week George played golf for the exercise and the fellowship.
George lived his life according to one of his favorite Bible passages: Philippians 4:Vss. 8-9: “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, DO; and the God of peace will be with you.” George acted on his faith. He heard the call of discipleship and was a strong man of God. Amen.
|Source: 2005 Journal|