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VACP Mourns Passing of Former Executive Director John Pearson

August 9, 2017 | VACP

News Image Today, we mourn the passing of a wonderful man — former VACP Executive Director Lt. Col. John Pearson. Following a 38-year career with the Virginia State Police — during which he served on the VACP Executive Board and ultimately as VACP President (1978-79), John guided the Association as its Executive Director for 6 years. A kind and humble man dedicated to Virginia law enforcement, he will be missed. Thank you for your service, John.

PEARSON, John Strother, 92, of Richmond, Va., passed away August 5, 2017. Born in Keysville, he was the son of the late William Lee and Mary Winslow Pearson.

Mr. Pearson was a graduate of Randolph-Henry High School, Charlotte Courthouse and the Traffic Institute of Northwestern University. He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Nancy Ingle Pearson; and his granddaughter, Brandi Derr. He is survived by two daughters, Debbie Derr (Frank) and Beth Pearson; granddaughter, Beth Anne Derr; and great-granddaughter, Darrah Davis.

Mr. Pearson served for 38 years with the Virginia State Police, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. He then served six years as Executive Director of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police. During his retirement, he enjoyed his involvement with the Lions Club, the Eighth Air Force Historical Society and the 457th Bomb Group Association.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, August 12, at 1 p.m., followed by a 2 p.m. service, at the Parham Chapel, Woody Funeral Home, 1771 N. Parham Rd., Richmond. Interment will follow in Westhampton Memorial Park.