Columnists

Sonya Denise Pearson

Dec. 25, 1964 – Jan. 15, 2022

Sonya Denise Pearson, 57, Atlanta, Ind., passed away on Saturday evening, Jan. 15, 2022, at University Hospital in Indianapolis.

She was born on Dec. 25, 1964, in Cherry Valley, AR.

Mrs. Pearson attended Hamilton Heights High School. She was married to Randy Allen Pearson on Feb. 17, 2009. She worked for the Hamilton Southeastern School District for many years as both a custodian and a cafeteria manager. After 20 years of dedicated service, she decided it was time for retirement.

Mrs. Pearson loved watching reruns of the Andy Griffith Show. She was also a fan of the old Sylvester and Tweety cartoons – her favorite being Tweety of course. These shows took care of her during the week, but her Sunday TV time was devoted to NASCAR. Mrs. Pearson also loved to play cards, and would usually take a very NASCAR-ish, “rubbin’ is racin’” approach to the game. Losing was not an option. She liked country music. Whether it was classic country or one of the newer artists, she enjoyed it just the same. She also had a great appreciation for Native American culture.

Survivors include her loving husband, Randy Allen Pearson; step-father, Doug Stoops; sons, Nicholas Pearson (Tiffany), Randy Joseph Pearson and Bradley Pearson, all of Elwood; daughters, Tanaya Hitt (Nicholas) of Lafayette, Amy Townsend (James) of Kokomo and Sierra Townsend of Atlanta; grandchildren, Chazz, Nicholas, Jr., Joshua, Dakota, Cameron, Dustin, Alyssa, Silas, Lexi, Brinley, Gracie and Maria; brothers, James DeWitt (Vicki) of Arkansas, Randall DeWitt, Sr. (Glenda) of Arkansas, Ricky DeWitt (Diane) of Arkansas, Dougie Stoops (Melissa) of Atlanta and David Stoops (partner, Charles) of Noblesville; sisters, Debbie Anderson of Arkansas and Sheila Abbott (Carl) of Noblesville; half-sisters, Tammy Watson and Angel Harris; many nieces, cousins and nephews; and by her canine BFF, Ruger.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Ellen Mae (Forkner) Dewitt-Stoops; and by her brother-in-law, Donald Anderson.

A Celebration of Life is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, at Kercheval Funeral Home, 306 E. 10th Street, Sheridan, with visitation from 9 a.m. until the time of service.

Memorial contributions may be presented to the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.