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Elton Ray Pearce, 73, master carpenter who could build anything

Elton Ray Pearce

JACKSONVILLE — Elton Ray Pearce, 73, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2020, at his home. He was born May 28, 1946, in Jacksonville to Callie Caroline Pearce.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Callie; first wife, Velma Askew Pearce; and son, Jay Pearce.

Elton is survived by his loving wife of 16 years, Deborah Pearce; daughter, Paula Pearce-Trella (Russ) of Leland; daughter-in-law, Jennifer Pearce of Leland; Margaret Bryant (Curtis) of Richmond; William Fisher of Richmond; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous extended family and friends.

Elton spent his career as a high voltage electrician working at Camp LeJeune for over 26 years. In his spare time, he enjoyed working on cars, while specializing on large truck hydraulics. He was a master carpenter who could build anything, and he used his talent to build projects and work alongside his wife to customize their home. He was a proud past Master Mason, and enjoyed his time serving his community alongside his lodge brothers.

Before his health began to decline in recent years, Elton was an avid reader and would have no less than three books he would read at one time. He and Deborah enjoyed many rides on their motorcycle seeing the beauty of the countryside. Elton will be remembered as a kind and loving man who had an impact on everyone he knew.

Due to Covid-19 precautions, the family will announce plans for a celebration of life at a later date. We want to thank everyone for their continued thoughts and prayers.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Shriners Hospital for Children.

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