Paul H. Pearre, 92, of Franklin, passed away on May 24, 2019.
Mr. Pearre was a man of compassion, friendship and conviction which showed in everything he did in life, whether it was being a farmer, friend or father. He was beloved by so many friends and neighbors.
Paul was a lifelong Williamson County resident and self-employed farmer. Farming was his life from the beginning; at a young age he operated a team of mules in the field and had his own tobacco patch. His only time off the farm was spent during the post-WWII occupation of Germany. When given the opportunity to reenlist, he declined the increase in rank and said he was going back to the farm in Tennessee.
For over 50 years, he farmed with his brother, Milton, on over 400 acres. He devoted his life to the farm and his family. At the age of 57, he started a family of his own and married Rose Ann Nix. They were married 22 years when she lost her battle with cancer.
He was such a proud dad and husband, taking both roles very seriously. Every day was a teaching opportunity. He instilled in everyone willing to listen skills that not only pertained to the farm, but life, as well. He took part in school activities and made an impact on everyone that he met.
In 2010, Paul was honored along with the rest of the Pearre family to have Pearre Creek Elementary School named after them. The school is located on a farm that he owned and operated with his brother for over 50 years. Four years ago, the family farm that he worked and grew up on became a century farm. This honor was due in part to his lifelong commitment to the farm his father bought.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 22 years, Rose Ann Pearre; parents, Joe and Eunice Pearre; brothers, Robert (Sara) Pearre, Buford (Elizabeth) Pearre and Milton (Martha) Pearre; sisters, Edith Pearre and Virginia (Norris) Thornton; sister-in-law, Vinnie Johnson; and nephew, Dusty Thornton.
He’s survived by children, Joe Pearre and Virginia (Paul) Egbert; granddaughter, Rose Elaine Egbert; nephews, Jimmy (Ava) Thornton and Larry (Pam) Pearre; great-niece, Emerson Thornton; sister-in-law, Gnell (Philip) Bagwell; brothers-in-law, Wallace Nix and Mike Johnson; cousins, Courtney (Carolyn) Pearre, Adrienne (Bob) Knestrick and Lee (Raj) Patnaik, along with their children; and many more loved nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home, Dr. Lynn Hill officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Hope Cemetery, and visitation will be 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Active pallbearers will be Taylor Jordan, Sam Barker, Paul Egbert, Kenny Taylor, Jay Bean and Ricky Locke. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Derryberry, John Egbert, Jesse Short, Donald Burke, Jimmy Jewel, “Hulme Girls”, Larry Dale, Mike Hayes, Walt Cunningham, Wayne Buford, David Buffington, Chad Jewell, Carl Haley, Mary Ruth Martin and Todd Bowman.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the 4-H club of Williamson County, American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.
WILLIAMSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, 615-794-2289. www.williamsonmemorial.com