BIOGRAPHIES of HENDERSON CO TN

ELIZABETH (SPELLINGS) PEARSON County director of the Welfare Department is Mrs. Elizabeth Spellings Pearson, who has been a Lexington resident for nearly 32 years. Mrs. Pearson, born in Hollow Rock, Tenn, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. L.L. Spellings, attended schools in Hazel KY, Emerson College in Boston and Murray State College. For three years she was teacher of speech in Lexington City and High Schools.

On Dec. 22, 1922 she married S.H. (Samuel Howard) Pearson and they have two sons, S.H. Jr. and Johnny. Mrs. Pearson was born April 5. She is a member of the Methodist Church, the American Public Welfare Assoc., Eastern Star, American Legion Auxilary, and the Tennessee Conference of Social Workers. She has held her present position as welfare director for 16 years.

Local Newspaper "People You Know - 30 May 1952"

A career spanning 37 years of welfare work, all of it in Lexington and Henderson County, comes to a close this week when Mrs. Elizabeth Pearson retires as director of the Henderson County Welfare Department.

Mrs. Pearson will be honored with a dinner given by her co-workers Tuesday night at Pine Tree Country Club. Her career actually predates the Department of Public Welfare. She began work Jan. 6, 1936 and it wasn't until the following July that the Welfare Dept. was organized.

Mrs. Pearson is probably one of the few persons in the state who has been with teh department since its beginning. She has seen the local department grow from two employes to a staff of 17 and move from rented upstairs quarters to an office complex in the County Office Building.

Mrs. Pearson is the widow of Howard Pearson, who died in 1964, and has two sons, Sam H. Pearson of Memphis and Dr. John S. Pearson of Jackson.

News article probably from the Lexington Progress dated around 1973

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