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  • ID: I5938
  • Name: Elbert Plummer Pearce Jr
  • Surname: Pearce
  • Given Name: Elbert Plummer
  • Suffix: Jr
  • Nickname: EP
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 3 Oct 1916 in Hamlet, Richmond County, North Carolina
  • Death: 18 Jun 1993 in Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina
  • Burial: Westminster Gardens, Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina
  • _UID: F271915A10AB1B49B17E8EC03A68233EEDA9
  • GRAD: Hamlet High School 1934 Hamlet, Richmond County, North Carolina
  • GRAD: Wake Forest College 1938 Wake Forest, Wake County, North Carolina
  • Occupation: Taught at Mount Olive High School from 1938 to 1939 North Carolina
  • Event: Move 1941 Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Occupation: University of North Carolina faculty, teaching meteorology Dec 1941 Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Event: Move Aug 1943 Hamlet, North Carolina
  • Event: Move Mar 1944 Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Event: Enters Officers Training School Military Jun 1944 Hollywood, Florida
  • Event: Move Dec 1944 Boston, Massachusetts
  • Event: World War II, US Navy Military Service 1945
  • Event: Prepare for invasion, on Admiral Bill "Bull" Halsey's staff Military Jun 1945 Hawaii
  • Event: 241-58-5446 SSN 1955 North Carolina
  • Occupation: Superintendent of Guilford County Schools for 30 years until his retirement in 1978 1978 Guilford County, North Carolina
  • Residence: 1993 Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina 27410
  • Event: E.P. Pearce served as superintendent of Guilford County Schools from 1959-1978. Elementary school named in his honor. Event 3 Aug 2007 Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina
  • Note:
    Y-DNA Research

    See descendant: John Pearce > Rev Plummer O'Day Pearce > Doctor Buck Pearce > Elbert Plummer Pearce Sr > Elbert Plummer Pearce Jr > IAP > JAP (FTDNA Kit No 175026)

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    FF-DNA Research

    PEARCE-PETERSON: LAP and JAP are 8th cousins. Their common ancestors are John Westray Sr and Ann Exum.
    a) John Westray > Benjamin Simon Westray > Elizabeth Westray > John Leonard > Martha Ann Leonard > Doctor Buck Pearce > Elbert Plummer Pearce Sr > Elbert Plummer Pearce Jr > IAP > JAP (Kit No: 175026)
    b) John Westray > Nancy Sarah Westray > Philip Pearce > Nathan Pearce > Burrell Pearce > Sidney Hiram Pierce > Rebecca Belle Pierce > Basil Lee Bombarger > Bettie Lee Bombarger > LAP

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    North Carolina, Birth and Death Indexes, 1800-2000 about Elbert Plummer Pearce Jr
    Name: Elbert Plummer Pearce Jr
    Race: White
    Event Type: birth
    Birth Date: 3 Oct 1916
    Birth County: Richmond
    Parent1 Name: Elbert P Pearce
    Roll Number: NCVR_B_C082_66001
    Volume: 3
    Page: 21

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    North Carolina Deaths and Burials, 1898-1994

    Name: Elbert Plummer Pearce Jr
    Gender: Male
    Burial Date:
    Burial Place: Greensboro, North Carolina
    Death Date: 18 Jun 1993
    Death Place: Greensboro, Guilford, North Carolina
    Age: 76
    Birth Date: 03 Oct 1916
    Birthplace: Richmond, Nc
    Occupation: Superintendant
    Race: White
    Marital Status: Married
    Spouse's Name: Sarah Alexander
    Father's Name: Elbert Plummer Pearce Sr
    Father's Birthplace:
    Mother's Name: Glennie Maske
    Mother's Birthplace:
    Indexing Project (Batch) Number: B06528-6
    System Origin: North Carolina-EASy
    Source Film Number: 1992199
    Reference Number: v 29A cn 29100
    Collection: North Carolina Deaths and Burials, 1898-1994

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    North Carolina Death Collection, 1908-2004
    Name: Elbert Plummer Pearce Jr.
    Gender: Male
    Race: White
    Marital Status: Married
    Social Security Number: 241585446
    Father's Last Name: Pearce Sr
    Age: 76
    Date of Birth: 3 Oct 1916
    Residence City: Greensboro
    Residence County: Guilford
    Residence State: North Carolina
    Date of Death: 18 Jun 1993
    Death City: Greensboro
    Death County: Guilford
    Death State: North Carolina
    Autopsy: No
    Institution: Nursing and Rest Homes
    Attendant: Physician
    Burial Location: Burial in state
    Source Vendor: NC Department of Health. North Carolina Deaths, 1993-96
    Source Citation: Source Vendor: NC Department of Health. North Carolina Deaths, 1993-96; .

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    Carolina Deaths and Burials, 1898-1994

    Name: Elbert Plummer Pearce Jr
    Gender: Male
    Burial Date:
    Burial Place: Greensboro, North Carolina
    Death Date: 18 Jun 1993
    Death Place: Greensboro, Guilford, North Carolina
    Age: 76
    Birth Date: 03 Oct 1916
    Birthplace: Richmond, Nc
    Occupation: Superintendant
    Race: White
    Marital Status: Married
    Spouse's Name: Sarah Alexander
    Father's Name: Elbert Plummer Pearce Sr
    Father's Birthplace:
    Mother's Name: Glennie Maske
    Mother's Birthplace:
    Indexing Project (Batch) Number: B06528-6
    System Origin: North Carolina-EASy
    Source Film Number: 1992199
    Reference Number: v 29A cn 29100
    Collection: North Carolina Deaths and Burials, 1898-1994

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    Social Security Death Index

    Name: E P Pearce
    Birth Date: 03 October 1916
    Death Date: 18 June 1993
    Issuing State: North Carolina
    Residence at Death: Greensboro,Guilford,North Carolina 27410
    SSN: 241-58-5446

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    E.P. Pearce Jr., who led the Guilford County school system through desegregation and other major changes in his 19 years as school superintendent, died Friday. He was 76.

    Pearce, a Greensboro resident, died at Friends Home in Greensboro, where he had spent the last several weeks. He had suffered a stroke about a year ago.

    Pearce spent 30 years with the Guilford County schools.

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    Pearce Gets A Surprise At Reception
    BY SHERRY JOHNSON Dally News Staff Writer

    E.P. Pearce Jr., superintendent of the Guilford County schools, was on familiar ground Sunday afternoon: the board room of the system's administration building.

    This time, though, he was able to forget about tax dollars and teacher pay, testing and truancy, and just relax and enjoy his surroundings.

    Pearce, who will retire as superintendent June 30, was the guest of honor at a reception Sunday that blended many of the elements of a wedding reception and a family reunion.

    The open house, financed by the county parent/teacher groups and staffed by volunteering school personnel, featured classical piano selections, candlelight, spicy Orange punch and catered candies and cake squares. The rows of omnipresent metal chairs, the mark of an impending board meeting, were replaced with tables covered by white linen and even a Victorian chair.

    Principals and teachers, retired or still working, stood in the informal receiving line with administrators and school board members. Alice Armfield, principal of Millis Road School, introduced guests to Pearce's brother and sister, to his wife, Sarah, and then to the retiring superintendent himself.

    Evon Dean, chairman of the county school board, traded her seat of authority temporarily Sunday for a punch ladle.

    Pearce, who sported a white carnation in his lapel, flexed his right hand and said he couldn't estimate how many hands he had shaken since the reception began at 2 p.m. By 4 o'clock, however, the guest book showed more than 250 signatures, many representing couples.

    "This is the first time we've been able to have to have the whole family together in a long time, " Pearce said with a wide smile as one of his grandchildren cut a somersault on the carpeted floor.

    As a special surprise, the committee working to honor Pearce, enlisted the help of Mrs. Pearce and connived to bring in his son Maj. Edwin Pearce and family, who have been stationed with the U.S. Air Force in Colorado. It had been two years since the Pearces had spent time with this part of their family.

    The superintendent was lured to the regional airport on the pretext of letting grandchildren who live in this area watch the airplanes. He was about to leave when he spotted his son leaving the plane.

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    E.P. Pearce Jr. was born in Hamlet, North Carolina where his father was a farmer; dairying, pecans, dewberries. He graduated from high school in Hamlet; attended Wake Forest College in Wake Forest, North Carolina, where he was head of the senior class; and earned a graduate degree from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He taught school in Mt. Pleasant and Durham, North Carolina.

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    EP graduated from Hamlet High School, Wake Forest College, with post graduate work at UNC, Chapel Hill. He married Sarah Alexander of Charlotte, NC and had four children. He served with the US Navy in WWII; was Principal of Sanford High School, Sanford, NC; Superintendent of Guilford County Schools until his retirement in 1978; was a Deacon, Sunday School Teacher; and served on key committees at the First Baptist Church, Greensboro. He made his home in Greensboro until his death June 18, 1993; interment in Westminster Garden Cemetery, Greensboro.

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    The first of four children born to Elbert Plummer Pearce and Glennie Maske, Elbert Plummer Pearce, Jr. was born in Richmond County

    IN A LOVELY ceremony at the First Associate reformed Presbyterian church Thursday at 5:30 in the afternoon, Miss Sarah Alexander was married to Ernest Plummer Pearce, Jr., of Hamlet and Durham. The officiating minister was Rev. William c. Alexander of Ora, S.C., the bride's uncle.

    The marriage vows were spoken before a background of palms and southern smilax, with white gladioli arranged in fan-shaped design and with candelabra holding cathedral tapers.

    Warren Babcock furnished the wedding music, playing a medley of songs before and during the ceremony. "The Wedding March" from the opera "Lohengrin" was used for the processional and Mendelsohn's "Wedding March" for recessional.

    The bride entered the church with her father, Samuel Irvin Alexander, who gave her in marriage. She was joined at the alter by the bridegroom, who was unattended. Ushers were James W. Alexander, brother of the bride, and Edwin Pearce of Hamlet, brother of the bridegroom.

    The bride wore a wedding dress and veil worn by her mother at her wedding 24 years ago. The gown was of white satin, paneled back and front, with under-arm shirring and full flowing skirt. The veil was held in place at the back by a band of tuberoses and rosebuds. The bride's bouquet was of white roses and baby's breath, showered with swainsona.

    Mrs. Alexander, the bride's mother, wore an orchid sheer gown with shoulder bouquet of yellow roses and orchid chrysanthemums.

    Mrs. Pearce, the bridegroom's mother, wore a blue crepe ensemble. Her flowers were white roses.

    Mrs. Pearce is the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Irvin Alexander of 517 Beaumont avenue. Educated in the Charlotte schools, she took her college course at Muskingum, New Concord, Ohio, graduating in 1940. While at Muskingum she was a member of the F.A.D. club. She taught last year at Fayetteville.

    Mr. Pearce is the son of Mr. And Mrs. Ernest Plummer Pearce of Hamlet. He is a graduate of Wake Forest, class of 1938, doing post-graduate work later at the University of North Carolina. At Wake Forest he was a member of the Golden Bough. He is professor of mathematics in the Durham city schools.

    Following the wedding, a reception was held by the bride's parents at their home. Vases of roses decorated the living room. Receiving with Mr. And Mrs. Alexander were the bride and bridegroom and Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Pearce, parents of the bridegroom. Miss Ediht Alexander welcomed guests at the door.

    A color note of white and green was used in the dining room. A three tier cake graced the center of the table which was spread with a lace cloth and lighted by white candles in silver holders. Sprays of white clematis added to the table effect. An ice course was served. The wedding cake was cut by the bride and was served by Miss Alma Willis Pearce of Hamlet. Also serving were Miss Kathryn Alexander, Miss Ann Zachery, Miss Connie Horn of Monroe and Mrs. B. C. Booe of Winston-Salem.

    Out-of-town guests were Mr. And Mrs. E. P. Pearce, Sr., Edwin, Bill, and Miss Alma Willis Pearce, Mrs. J. H. Hawkins and Mrs. R. M. Galloway of hamlet; Mrs. T. E. Woosley of Clemmons; Mrs. C. P. Miller and Miss Ruth Miller of Salisbury; Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Westmoreland, Miss Katherine Westmoreland, Jones H. Alexander and Miss Joyce Alexander, Mr. and Mrs. S. O. Baker, Beulah, Roberta and Stephen Baker of Huntersville; Miss Edith Alexander of Cramerton; Miss Connie Horn of Monroe; Mr. and Mrs. B. C. Booe of Winston-Salem; Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Ferguson, Miss Nelda and Miss Lindsay Ferguson of Durham; Rev. and Mrs. John W. Link, Prof. Floyd Woodward, Miss Elizabeth Coppedge, Miss Louise Beale of Mt. Pleasant; Mrs. M. M. Morrison, Robert, Boyce and Miss Janie Morrison of Davidson; Miss Minnie Robertson of Derita; Miss Edith M. Stewart of New Concord, Ohio; and Rev. W. C. Alexander of Ora, S. C.

    After a wedding trip to western North Carolina, Mr. and Mrs. Pearce will be at home at Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill. Mrs. Pearce traveled in a blue-grey crepe frock, princess style, with matching accessories.

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    Northwest Observer (www.nwobserver.com) - 2007 Aug 3

    School Name Will Honor Former Superintendent
    EP Pearce brought the system through district consolidation and desegregation
    by David Bailey

    CAPTION:
    "E.P. Pearce served as superintendent of Guilford County Schools from 1959-1978. The new northwest area elementary school will be named in his honor."

    STORY:
    When Mr. E.P. Pearce moved to Guilford County in 1949, the 33-year-old educator came with a bachelors degree from Wake Forest College and a masters degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. The academic setting he came upon was much different than it is today -- small community schools -- "union schools" -- were scattered about the county, with each school serving a few dozen children in grades one through ll.

    White and black students were enrolled in separate schools in those days and educational choices for students were severely limited. Pearce was initially hired as the school systems director of instructional services. At the same time, James E. Whitney was hired as dirctor of instruction for negro schools.

    Pearce went on to serve as the superintendent of Guilford County Schools from 1959-1978. The new northwest area elementary school on Pleasant Ridge Road in northwest Greensboro has been named for the fonner superintendent, an honor many people agree is very well-deserved.

    Pearce's neighbor, Bill Simpson, remembers him well. "He was at fine neighbor," says Simpson, describing him as a man dedicated to the school system and his family.

    "He was a kind man, never angry," according to educator Doris Henderson, who taught at Sumner Elementary School during Pearce's tenure. His most significant contribution, she says, was "just showing that the man at the top really cares for students and is doing what is best for them. He cared about the teachers, principals, parents and children."

    "Education was his live," says Sarah Pearce of her late husband, who died in 1993. "His greatest pleasure was teaching, not being an administrator." Even so, Pearce readied himself in l999 to lead the system through some of the most difficult challenges it would ever face. Sarah believes that his most signiflcant contribution to education in Guilford County was his leadership in the process of consolidation and integration.

    In his book "The Guilford County Schools: A History," author John Batchelor agrees. According to Batchelor. "The fact that E.P. Pearce combined district consolidation with racial desegregation, tm of the most traumatic experiences in the history of twentieth century education, while maintaining stability, represents nothing less than masterful school system administration."

    Pearce's First challenge was to increase the school system's educational opportunities. Individual schools were allotted approximately one teacher for esery 22 students. A small union school might have only four teachers for 90 students of all grade levels. The small faculty could not offer the wide variety of subjects that high school students needed to prepare for work or college. By bringing high school students together in larger schools, specialized teachers could be hired to offer foreign languages, higher mathematics, literature and other disciplines.

    Under Pearce's leadership, three new high schools were built in 1962: Northeast, Northwest and Southeast. With modifications at Ragsdale High School in Jamestown, the county had four consolidated schools, offering a much wider variety of subjects.

    The Civil Rights Act of 1964 allowed the U.S. Justice Department to introduce new requirements for racial integration, and Pearce was charged with developing
    a plan to implement the requirements. Through the course of crafting the plan, he and other school administrators traveled the county, seeking input from teachers, principals, parents and students. As Sarah Pearce recalls, "The plan (to bring blacks and whites to the same school) did not necessarily satisfy the whites or the blacks" and persuading people to accept
    it was like the lyrics, "just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down."

    "E.P. had a very charming way and he had met with people throughout the county many times," says Sarah other her late husband. "They swallowed it (the racial integration plan), and we did not have any problems."

    In his book, Batchelor also credits Pearce, (Board of Education attorney) John Hardy and the Board of Education for a smooth transition, which he says was a result of their "skillful administrative and legal tactics" throughout the process of integration.

    Pearce died the same year that the three school systems in Guilford County merged. "I'm glad that he is finally getting the recognition he deserves," says Sarah of naming the new northwest elementary school after her husband, a man who brought the school system through great challenges and tumultuous times.
  • Change Date: 13 Feb 2016 at 11:05:59



    Father: Elbert Plummer Pearce Sr b: 28 Apr 1878 in Centerville, Franklin County, North Carolina
    Mother: Glennie Alma Maske b: 23 Nov 1892 in Union County, North Carolina

    Marriage 1 Sarah Alexander b: 4 Aug 1919 in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
    • Married: 28 Aug 1941 in First Arp Church, Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
    • Note:
      North Carolina Marriages, 1759-1979

      Groom's Name: Elbert P. Pearce Jr.
      Groom's Birth Date: 1917
      Groom's Birthplace:
      Groom's Age: 24
      Bride's Name: Sarah Alexander
      Bride's Birth Date: 1919
      Bride's Birthplace:
      Bride's Age: 22
      Marriage Date: 28 Aug 1941
      Marriage Place: Charlotte, Mecklenburg, North Carolina
      Groom's Father's Name:
      Groom's Mother's Name:
      Bride's Father's Name:
      Bride's Mother's Name:
      Groom's Race: White
      Groom's Marital Status:
      Groom's Previous Wife's Name:
      Bride's Race: White
      Bride's Marital Status:
      Bride's Previous Husband's Name:
      Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M00011-8
      System Origin: North Carolina-EASy
      Source Film Number: 812966
      Reference Number: p 96
      Collection: North Carolina Marriages, 1759-1979

      First met Sarah Alexander at YMCA on Univeristy of North Carolina campus in June or July 1940. Both were working on Masters degrees. Later that year, Sarah went to Fayetteville, North Carolina, to teach PE and EP went to Durham, North Carolina, to teach math and Dean of Students.
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