Beverly Smith Pearson

Born in Scottsboro, AL on August 31, 1952

Departed on September 12, 2020 and resided in Marietta, GA

Beverly Smith Pearson, 68, of Rome, Ga., died on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at her home. She was diagnosed with a rare type of gastrointestinal cancer in 2017 and battled the disease for nearly three years. She is described by her family as a strong and fearless woman who loved fiercely and without reservation.

Mrs. Pearson was born in Scottsboro, Ala. on August 31, 1952 to James and Marie Smith. She graduated from Scottsboro High School. She attended Jacksonville State University where she was in the Phi Mu sorority and holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Mrs. Pearson is survived by her devoted husband, Dr. Vincent Pearson, who she first met while performing in the Scottsboro High School marching band. They began dating in 1967 while on a band trip to Montreal, Canada to perform at Expo 67. They married five years later in 1972 at the First Baptist Church in Scottsboro. At the time of her death, they had been inseparable for 53 years and married for 48 years. They loved to travel together, having visited most of Europe and the Caribbean. They learned to SCUBA dive and had numerous adventures traversing the globe.

She had one son, Tyler, who she described as “the joy of her life.” This year, Mrs. Pearson moved to Marietta, Ga. to be near her son, beautiful daughter-in-law and two grandsons.
She is also survived by her brother, Don Smith of Scottsboro.

Following graduation from college, Mrs. Pearson became an elementary school teacher in multiple schools in Alabama and Texas. Moving alongside her husband who was in the military, she lived and worked in Mobile, Ala.; Birmingham, Ala; El Paso, Tex.; San Antonio, Tex.; and Landstuhl, Germany. Ultimately, she settled in Rome, Ga. in 1990.

While in Rome, Mrs. Pearson attended First Baptist Church of Rome. She regularly volunteered in the community, serving at the Rome-Floyd County Community Kitchen, Good Neighbors Ministries and on the Board of the local Salvation Army. For many years, she was an avid tennis player, even winning state playing mixed doubles with her husband. She enjoyed spending time outside, became a skilled gardener and was a secret artist with considerable painting skill.

Referred to as Oma (German for grandmother), Mrs. Pearson loved spending time with her grandchildren, listening to them practice piano, play baseball and tennis, and discuss their days. The highlight of each summer was the weeklong stay at Oma’s house where she would shower her grandchildren with love and spoil them completely.

She will be interred at the Myrtle Hill Mausoleum in Rome. Memorial arrangements are being postponed and will be announced to family and friends after the pandemic when it is safe to have a large gathering. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to be made to Good Neighbors Ministries, 208 E 2nd St Rome, GA 30161.


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  1. Arnold Wheeler September 16, 2020 at 11:52 am - Reply

    So sorry to hear of Beverly’s passing. Our prayers will be with the family.

  2. Nancy Cunningham Boren September 16, 2020 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    One of the kindest girls from High school- haven’t seen her in many years but I bet she had never changed. Condolences to family in their loss

  3. Pat Blankenship September 16, 2020 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    Beautiful lady…so sorry for your loss, Vincent Derrick.

  4. Annette Lusk Butler September 16, 2020 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    So so sad to hear of Beverly’s passing. She was a sweet person. My prayers to Vincent and the family.

  5. Jimmy Robertson September 16, 2020 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    Such a wonderful person. So sorry for your loss.

  6. Shirley Vester September 16, 2020 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    Condolences and prayers to the family.

  7. Kate Ammons September 16, 2020 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    Condolences and prayers for Beverly’s family. She was a lovely soul who brightened a sometimes dark world.

  8. Ansley Saville September 16, 2020 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    We were so very sorry to hear about Beverly!! We had no idea she had been sick!! I had been missing y’all in church and then the virus hit!! She was a wonderful, kind lady!!
    Love and prayers for all of you!!

  9. Debbie Campbell September 16, 2020 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    Love and prayers for Vince and their family; they were a lovely couple.

  10. Freida Hess September 16, 2020 at 3:03 pm - Reply

    A lovely lady who had a smile for everyone. She was so kind, and had been a friend for many years. Prayers for Vince and his family.

  11. DAN PATE September 16, 2020 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    Beverly was a wonderful lady who loved her family well. She will be missed.

  12. Nancy Metcalf September 16, 2020 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear about Beverly. Prayers for Vince and the family.

    • Diane Lusk and family September 16, 2020 at 6:24 pm - Reply

      So sorry for the loss of your wife.

  13. SUSAN JARMON September 16, 2020 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear this. Prayers for the family.

  14. James Etherton September 16, 2020 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear about Beverly. She was a wonderful person. Prayers for Vince and their family.

  15. Sharon Sellers September 16, 2020 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    Wonderful friend since Mrs. Boles’s kindergarten.
    We had some great times from then till Bev left JSU. We were sorority sisters and saw each when we could. She was a kind person. Words will never suffice in this loss.

  16. Nancy Hunter September 16, 2020 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    Broken-hearted to read this. Beverly was a lovely person in every way. She was a devoted volunteer at Good Neighbors- smiling all the time.

  17. Beverly Barclay Bell September 16, 2020 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear of Beverly’s passing! Have known her most of my life! Such a sweet person! The only other Beverly I knew for the longest time! Prayers for Vince and the rest of the family!🙏

  18. Linda Boles September 16, 2020 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Beverly was one of the nicest and kindest ladies I knew. Thoughts and prayers for Vince and the family.

  19. Cynthia Cox September 16, 2020 at 9:24 pm - Reply

    So sorry to know that Bev has passed. She was a very sincere, kind, lovely lady! Many memories of our days in band together. Thoughts and prayers for Vince and family.

  20. Philippa September 16, 2020 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    Shocked to hear this news. Beverly and I were in a great bookclub together when we lived in Rome and I always enjoyed her quiet humor and kind nature. Heartfelt condolences.

  21. Cindy Shelton Milk September 16, 2020 at 10:46 pm - Reply

    Prayers for Vince and family. Have such great memories playing with Beverly on Bynum Street and band practice. Her whole family were always kind to Robin and i

  22. Shelah Collins Burson September 16, 2020 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    I’m so very sorry to hear about Beverly. She was just a sweet lady. Prayers for Vince and all the family.

  23. Janice Wilson September 17, 2020 at 11:03 am - Reply

    That was such a special obituary – such good memories of those SHS band trips – so sorry for your loss, Vince.

  24. John Boozer September 17, 2020 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    Strong lady known to always keep a smile!! Prayers for family and many close friends.

  25. Amy Cameron September 17, 2020 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    Vince, I’m truly sorry about Beverly. She was sooo sweet! I have some wonderful (& funny!) memories. Know U have even better memories – I hope & pray these memories will sustain U in the weeks and years ahead…

  26. Nancy K Mayo September 17, 2020 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    I was shocked and sadden to hear of Bev’s leaving this world but I know she is in a better place now. I pray God’s blessing on all of you and pray that God will fill your heart with wonderful memories. Nancy Kelly Mayo (1st cousin from Jackson, Ms)

  27. June Cannon September 17, 2020 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    So very sorry to hear of her passing. Loved her mom and dad. Loved her. God bless you all.

  28. Theresa Fischer Williamson September 17, 2020 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear of Beverly’s passing. She was my neighbor on Bynum Street when I was in high school. She was sweet to this freshman during her senior year and let me bum rides to band practice. Such a beautiful sweet soul!

  29. Sarah Airheart Stedman September 18, 2020 at 6:40 am - Reply

    Vince, my heart is so sad today learning of the loss of Beverly, the love of your life. This obituary is a beautiful testament of a wonderful life together lived to its fullest and in service to so many others. You were both blessed to have found each other early in life and have built a home & family together. My love and prayers are with you, your family and Beverly’s many friends.

  30. Marilyn Reed September 18, 2020 at 8:28 am - Reply

    Remembering fondly Expo 67 when I saw this great love bloom. Prayers for Vince and family.

  31. Elizabeth Lee Gist September 21, 2020 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    Sorry to hear of her passing, Thoughts and prayers for the family.

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