SHEFFIELD — Terry L. Pierson, 70, of rural Sheffield, formerly of Atlanta, Ga., passed away after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease and cancer on Monday, April 8, 2019, at Aperion Care in Princeton.
Terry was born April 20, 1948, in Kewanee, the son of Herbert C. and Shirley M. (Holman) Pierson.
He graduated from Annawan High School in 1966. He attended Valparaiso University, then graduated from Massey Junior College in Atlanta, Ga., studying interior design.
After college he worked in interior design in Atlanta, Ga., and then worked in the furniture business in Chattanooga, Tenn. Following that he then owned and operated Pierson’s Restaurant in Marion, Ill. He then returned to Atlanta and worked for Rachel Conway at House Parts, Inc. until his retirement. He traveled worldwide purchasing for House Parts, Inc. Upon retirement he returned to the Sheffield area.
He was a proud member of Beard Team USA, where he traveled worldwide competing in beard competitions. He was an excellent cook, and also enjoyed gardening.
He is survived by his sister, Cindy (Rick) Ganschow of Sheffield; a brother, Tim Pierson, and his significant other, Christy Rees, of Sheffield; nieces and nephews, Scott (Meghan) Ganschow of West Burlington, Iowa, Shannon (Jaime) Ganschow of Normal, Tyler (LaNette) Pierson of Perkins, Okla., Kari (Terry) Hepner of Monmouth and Kati (Matt) Grimes of Mineral; 16 great-nieces and great-nephews; his uncle and aunt, Delbert and Joanne Holman of Champaign; and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Gary Pierson.
A Celebration of Life memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20, which would have been his 71st birthday, at the Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, 339 E. Chestnut in Sheffield, with the Rev. Terry Lancaster officiating. A time to visit with his family will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Inurnment will be in the Sheffield Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Sheffield-Mineral Rescue Unit.
A video tribute may be viewed and condolences expressed by visiting Terry’s obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com.