Charles Pierson Sr., 96, of Brownwood, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007, at a local care facility.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at the historic Lee Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church with Pastor Keith Ray and Minister Mary Miller officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow at Greenleaf Cemetery.

Mr. Pierson will lie in repose from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Lee Chapel, with the family present from 6 to 7 p.m.

Charles Pierson Sr.

Charles Henry Pierson Sr. was born to the union of Jeff and Priscilla Pierson on Dec. 11, 1910, in Como, Miss. He was born the youngest of 15 brothers and sisters. The family later moved to St. Louis, Mo., and Jacksonville, Fla., where he attended school.

In 1944, Charles enlisted in the United States Army and served with the Company “B” 73rd Engineer Combat Battalion during World War II. While stationed at Camp Hood, Texas, in 1947, Charles met and married Mary Elizabeth Williams of Brownwood. To this union was born five children, Charles Jr., Barbara Ann, Jimmie Lee, Larry and Cynthia Gail.

Charles and Mary moved their young family to St. Louis, Mo., and then later to Brownwood, where he worked in various occupations, the last being with First National Bank.

Charles was an excellent cook and was often asked to barbecue for family, friends and community events. He was contracted out to cook for various organizations, one being the Boy Scouts of America Inc.

Charles had a way of enjoying and living life on his own terms. He always loved the company of his friends who called him “Smokey.” He loved music and dancing. Charles was loved by all who truly knew him.

Charles was a member of Lee Chapel A.M.E. Church. He was a member of “The Sons of Allen,” the men’s organization.

He leaves to celebrate his life and cherish his memory his wife of 60 years, Mary Elizabeth Pierson; five children, Charles Pierson Jr. of Sacramento, Calif., Barbara Frye of Sacramento, Calif., Jimmy Pierson and wife Nancy of Dallas, Larry Pierson of Sacramento, Calif. and Cynthia Pierson of Sacramento, Calif.

Also left behind to cherish his memory are 18 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He is survived by seven brothers-in-law; six sisters-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Charles was preceded in death by several close friends.

All services are under the direction of Baker-Kirk Mortuary in Coleman.