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Obituaries - July 10, 2017
Jul 10, 2017, 10:02

Melbourne James Pearson, 89, of Hopewell, VA, passed away on July 9, 2017. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jacob J. Pearson and Gladys Schools Pearson; and his loving wife of 48 years, Winifred “Winnie” Pearson. He is survived by his step son, Wayne Tuck and wife Martina; daughter, Cheryl Stone; sister, Vivian Lee; four grandchildren; five great grandchildren; as well as numerous extended family and friends. Mr. Pearson was a U.S. Army veteran serving during WWII in the European and Pacific Theaters; after returning home he attended East Carolina University. He then went on to work for over 38 years for the U.S. Postal Service before retiring. Mr. Pearson was a past Post Commander of Jacob J. Pearson VFW Post 637 Hopewell, and a longtime member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Hopewell. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at Merchants Hope Memorial Gardens 11302 Merchants Hope Hope Rd. Hopewell, VA 23834. In lieu of flowers, make donations to a charity of your choice in honor of Mr. Pearson. Condolences may be registered at

Johnson, Jimmie Rufus, Sr., 81, of Disputanta, passed away at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical
Center, on July 9, 2017, after a recurring battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents
Rufus and Letha Johnson, as well as his brothers, Earl Johnson, Ben Johnson, and Lee Johnson.
He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years LaWanda Vogel Johnson, his daughter Teresa
Frazier (Ron), step children Cheryl A. Sebera (Dennis), Ernest Zikes (Gillian), and Mark Zikes (Phyllis), and
numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He is also survived by siblings Dorothy Slusser, Virginia Hayes, Joyce Pettey (George), Gene Johnson, and
Bobbie Lackey(John). He is also survived by his sister-in-law Ann Johnson. “J. R.”, as he was known, was honorably discharged from both the U. S. Navy as a Seabee and later
from an enlistment in the U. S. Army. He was the owner-operator of his own trucking company, who
drove proudly for Oakley Tank Lines for decades before his retirement in 2008.
J.R. was a member of Sycamore United Methodist Church on Old Stage Road in Prince George. A
Memorial service will be held at the church on Thursday July 13 at 11:00 am with the Reverend
DeWayne Duncan presiding. In lieu of flowers a contribution may be made to Sycamore United
Methodist Church.

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