Val Pearce, 91, of Norris City passed away at 4:45 p.m., Saturday, October 12, 2019 at his residence. He was born on June 4, 1928 in Stonefort, IL the son of James and Carrie Anita (Phipps) Pearce. Val married Irma J. Sides on July 18, 1959. He joined the United States Navy at the age of 17 during World War II. Val later was drafted into the United States Army and served during the Korean War. After the war, Val worked as a heavy equipment operator with Texas Eastern. He was a member of the United Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Norris City and the Norris City American Legion and Carmi VFW. Val greatly enjoyed being on his farm and homestead, as well at taking care of his cattle.
Surviving Val are his wife of 60 years, Irma; two sons, Brad (Cyndi) Pearce of Billings, MT and Bruce (Kelli) Pearce of Norris City; a daughter, Valissa (Kurt) Sutton of Norris City; six grandchildren, Brooke (Anthony) Dreiling, Kory Pearce, Brandon Pearce, Casey Pearce, Kody (Kaebra) Sutton, and Megan (Bodie) Beckman; a great grandchild, Taylor Dreiling; and a sister, Trella Newman of South Haven, MS. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Mary Ellen Loffland; and three brothers, Elwood Pearce, Glen Allen Pearce and James Edward Pearce.
Funeral services for Val Pearce, 91, of Norris City will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City. Burial will be in I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Norris City with full military honors by the Carmi American Legion and VFW. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Campbell Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made in Val’s memory to the United Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Norris City or Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City.