Ned G. Pearce

March 25, 1941 - September 11, 2018
Ned G. Pearce

Ned Gibson Pearce, (Mr. Ned) passed away peacefully, September 11, 2018 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center after an extended illness. Ned was predeceased by his parents, Henry Anton and Naomi Littleton Pearce and 13 brothers and sisters. He has briefly left his wife of 27 years, Jean Thompson Pearce and is enjoying a happy reunion with lots of family and friends.

Ned and Jean enjoyed a blended family which included 7 children. Vickie Pearce Parker of Hampstead, Gina Pearce Britt (Gerry) of Summerville, SC, Edward Williams (Polly) of Lehi, Utah, Robert Williams (Barbi) of Wilmington, NC, Stephen Williams (Jill) of Logan, Utah, Sarah Wrubluski (Greg) of Kure Beach, NC and Alan Williams (Yasuko) of Portsmouth, VA. They also have 26 awesome grandchildren.

Ned retired from Martin Marietta Materials/Lockheed Martin as office manager after 37 years. He worked in several locations with the company and was transferred to Wilmington in 1969. He was instrumental in organizing Cape Fear Optimist Dixie Youth baseball in Wrightsboro. He was fondly recognized as Mr. Ned by the children he mentored and taught to play ball. Life on the water was also one of his favorite things and he and Jean spent many hours in their boat enjoying the waters around Wrightsville Beach. But Ned also loved golf. He decided to take a lesson from an LPGA golf professional. 2 years later Jean became his wife, best friend and partner on the golf course. They enjoyed playing golf in many locations. The joke is that, Ned took that golf lesson years ago and had to pay for it the rest of his life.

Ned may have been in darkness because of being partially, then totally blind for 15 years, but his light shone brightly because of his love of his Savior, Jesus Christ. He had a firm testimony of our Savior’s resurrection which gave him hope that he would have the blessing of being resurrected and reunited with his eternal family one day. He knew this to be true.

Due to Ned’s passing just prior to hurricane Florence and the difficulties that followed, a short graveside service was held at Oleander Memorial Gardens Saturday, September 22, 2018.

A memorial service will be held Friday evening, October 19, 2018 at 6:00 pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 514 South College Road with Bishop Brian Pace officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1414 Physicians Dr. Wilmington, NC 28401.

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  • September 12, 2018
    Bob Glasgow says:
    We were best friends from the time my son James introduced me to Ned. We played golf two to three times a week from 1991 until 2009 when he started loosing his eyesight. Those years were special with Charlie Matthews, Gene Hall and Tiny Clark as we kidded around on the golf course and tried to get into each other’s head to miss a crucial putt. Ned was a true friend right up until he graduated to a far better place. Rest In Peace brother.

  • September 13, 2018
    Terry A Payne says:
    Vickie I'm so sorry for your loss, Mr.Ned was a good man he treated me as one of his children.

  • September 13, 2018
    Lisa Long Sowell says:
    Mr Pearce was a great coach and mentor. He taught me that every person on the team matters. That has been sage advice over the years. A great man who will be missed.

  • September 13, 2018
    Jeff cooke says:
    Praying for the family he was a good man and will be missed

  • September 13, 2018
    Susan Best says:
    I know your heart is heavy and torn my friend. Losing the 1st man you ever loved is difficult. You feel relief that he no longer suffers, you feel regret to have to give up one of your best friends. Thoughts and prayers for you, family and his friends. Love you