Edward Wayne Pearson passed away from this earthly life to be with his mother, Louise Henkleman (Goodson), on June 14, 2023. Edward was born on February 1, 1940, the only child of Willis Leonard Pearson Jr. and Emalene (Louise) Henkleman (Goodson).
Following his parents divorce at an early age, Ed was raised by his mother in the Los Angeles, CA. area. After graduating high school in Los Angeles, Ed became involved in local theatre groups and night club acts in Los Angeles and Hollywood. Ed had an array of jobs which included a gossip columnist and editor for a small Hollywood magazine, a disc jockey in various discotheques in the 1970's and he made floor displays and window designs for the Macy's store in Los Angeles.
Later in life Ed moved to the central coast of CA. to help his aging mother after the death of his step father, Fred Henkleman. While living with his mother, Ed worked at a local hotel for several years. Ed walked or rode the bus his entire life, never learning how to drive. His mother and step father tried to teach him one day . With Ed behind the wheel, Fred was in the passenger seat and his mother in between them. As they pulled up to an intersection Ed began to slow down as the light turned yellow. All the sudden Ed felt his mother's foot over top of his as she pushed down on the accelerator. Away they went, flying through the intersection, as mom yelled, "Go Ed you can make it". That was all the driving lesson that Ed wanted. He pulled over to the side of the road and said he would walk the rest of the way. He never drove or attempted to learn how to drive again. Ed said he didn't miss not learning how to drive.
Ed had several good stories to tell. He remembered taking the train from California as a child to visit his grandparents in the Texas panhandle. His grandmother, Rosa Kidd, was born in Indian territory, Durant OK., before moving to Texas. While living in Hollywood, CA., Ed observed and spoke with numerous celebrities. As a teenager standing at an intersection one afternoon, Jane Mansfield pulled up to the intersection with her platinum blond hair, driving her convertible with the top down. Ed once had a chance encounter with the legendary actress Mae West, who owned an apartment complex next to where he was living. It was a short conversation but very memorable.
In 2018, Ed moved to Buffalo, OK. to be with his extended family and friends. Ed was an easy going guy who never met a stranger. He never had a bad work to say about anyone. Something we can all strive for. Ed will be missed.
Ed is proceeded in death by his father Willis Pearson Jr., his mother Louise Henkleman and step father Fred Henkleman. Ed is survived by his extended family and friends, Dave and Jan Opferman, Dawayne Opferman, Joseph Opferman, Mike Burch, Dave Pomeroy and Scott Stelling.