SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - All are welcome to attend the funeral service of a veteran with no immediate family happening at a Sarasota cemetery.
Edward K. Pearson, 80, of Naples passed away on August 31, 2019. He will be laid to rest at the Sarasota National Cemetery at 9810 State Road 72 in Sarasota on Tuesday, October 1 at 12:30pm.
Pearson was a veteran and ABC7 has received dozens of emails, phone calls and messages on social media asking the news station to share this service so that he is not laid to rest without people present to honor his service and celebrate his life. He will be laid to rest with military honors.
The Miami Herald reports Pearson served in the Army from 1962 to 1964 before being honorably discharged. He then became an engineer and worked for Marriott Hotel Services Inc.
Due to space restrictions, the cemetery requests that you do not bring flowers. Each grave only has space for two sets of flowers.
Also please note: There is a discrepancy in the time the service is taking place. A widely shared news article clipping lists 12:30pm as the time, but the website listing the service also states 12pm. If you plan on attending, please plan on coming early.
If you cannot attend, ABC7 will be at the service and share it with you on air and on our Facebook page.