January 5, 2023Past International Director Billy C. Pearson (1996-1998) died on December 26, 2022 at the age of 88.The late PID Pearson joined the Murfreesboro Lions Club in 1966 and was a life member. He served at many levels including club president, club LCIF Coordinator, District International Relations Coordinator, District Governor. As International Director, he and the late Mrs. Pearson traveled around the United States and the world visiting and speaking to many Lions Clubs.For his dedication to the association, he received many accolades and awards during his 56 years as a member including the 45, 50 and 55-Year Monarch Chevron, Builder Key, two Extension Awards, Lion of Service and Lions Share, the Honor Roll award, an International President’s Leadership Award and seven International President’s Awards, as well as the Ambassador of Goodwill, the highest honor a Lion can receive. He was also a multi-level Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.In addition to his Lions activities, the late Past Director Pearson coached Murfreesboro Junior Pro basketball for 15 years and served on the Murfreesboro Babe Ruth board of directors. He served as a volunteer for the Cancer Crusade, Kidney Foundation and March of Dimes. He was the recipient of the Senior Citizen of the Year Award in Rutherford County in 2005 and a Life Achievement Award for Volunteer Services. He was a United States Army veteran and formerly a member of Kingwood Heights Church of Christ for 42 years where he served as Benevolence Coordinator. Most recently he was a member of East Main Church of Christ. He enjoyed a successful career and retired from AVCO/ Textron Industries after 33 years of service.His life was celebrated by family and friends at the Woodfin Memorial Chapel in Murfreesboro, TN. Memorials in his honor may be made to Murfreesboro Lions Club.