Sonny was born April 6, 1947, in Leesburg, Virginia to Frank and Flora Mae Pearson.
He was raised in the Aldie/Arcola area and graduated from Loudoun County High School in 1965 where he excelled in football, basketball, and baseball. He played football at Bridgewater College before serving in the U.S. Army from 1967-1970.
In July of 1967 he married his high school sweetheart, Jo Ann Atwell. After his military service he returned to school and graduated from George Washington University and returned to teach in Loudoun County. He taught and coached for 34 years. He was the head football coach at both Loudoun County and Loudoun Valley as well as the head baseball coach at Loudoun Valley. He also coached track, tennis, and girls’ volleyball. He was a mentor to countless students, athletes, and other coaches. He coached not only athletics, but also life. He also served as dean and athletic director at Park View High School. He ended his career back on the football field at Heritage High School. He took pride in the accomplishments of his students and players and kept close tabs on many as they pursued their own goals in life.
In his retirement years his greatest joy was his two grandsons.
He is survived by Jo Ann, his wife of almost 52 years, his son, Duffy Pearson, his daughter, Beth Williams and her husband, Scott, and his two grandsons, Garrett Pearson and Franklin Williams. He will also be missed by his friends who became family, Jerry and Pam Smith and Sommer Crawford as well as his faithful companion Tank.
The family will receive friends for a memorial visitation on Sunday, March 17, 2019 from 2 to 5 at the Loudoun Funeral Chapel, 158 Catoctin Circle, SE, Leesburg, VA 20175.
A memorial service will be held to celebrate Sonny’s’ life at the Leesburg Community Church at 835 Lee Avenue, SW, Leesburg, VA 20175 on Monday, March 18, 2019 at 1 pm.
Interment will be held privately by the family at a later date in Union Cemetery, Leesburg, VA.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to “Sonny’s Extra Point Fund” which will help football players at Loudoun County High School. Donations may be sent to the Athletic Director, LCHS Athletics – Sonny’s Extra Point Fund Loudoun County High School, 415 Dry Mill Road, SW, Leesburg, VA 20175.
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