March 4, 1962 - November 10, 2021
John Spellings Pearson, Jr. John Spellings Pearson, Jr. was born in Memphis, TN on March 4, 1962 to Dr. and Mrs. John Spellings Pearson, Sr. Sadly John passed away Wednesday November 10, 2021 from a heart attack at his home in Memphis. While he was born in Memphis and returned there later in life, he spent his childhood years in Jackson, TN. John attended Old Hickory Academy and graduated from there in 1980. During his time in west Tennessee, you could find him on many frigid winter mornings duck or goose hunting with his father until his father’s death in 1976. He always spoke so fondly of those times later in his life. After graduation from high school, John moved to Memphis and began his lengthy career in the culinary arts realm. If you ever had a favorite fine dining restaurant in Memphis over the last 40 years, John probably cooked your meal there at least once. Many key culinary institutions in Memphis have been lucky enough to have John work on their line, and he was a living, breathing oral history of the Memphis fine dining scene. John was the anchor of many kitchens, working the grill station, helping with the pantry, and occasionally at his most recent restaurant as the saucier- one of the most skilled and respected jobs in any kitchen. Many have said that John was an absolute joy to work with. Maybe you will recall his grandmother’s Oc’s Peas from the Squash Blossom, Crawfish Pie, Mussels in Jamaican Run Down Sauce, Snapper with Black Bean Buerre Blanc or Shrimp and Habanero Vanilla. His extensive experience and unflagging work ethic made him an incredible teammate, but his greatest quality was the sense of camaraderie and pride he brought to the kitchen and instilled in his colleagues. John was also the rare kind of individual who made his living with his hands, but whose curious mind thrived on every sort of intellectual pursuit. John was a fan of music, film, and writing, particularly of jazz and the works of Terrence Malick, David Lynch, Paul Thomas Anderson, Edgar Allan Poe, and Michel Houllebecq. He loved to discuss his passions with others, and many were the nights when John would be leading a post-shift seminar about the merits of his favorite cinematographers. John is survived by his son, Connor Willis Pearson, and sister, Amy Pearson Griffin (Will). Please join us in celebrating his life Monday November 22, 2021 at 3:30 pm at the Williamson Park at 292 Willett Street in Memphis, TN where John loved to visit with his son Connor when he was younger. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to the education fund that we have set up for John’s son, Connor. https://www.gofundme. com/f/education-fund-for-john-pearsons-son-connor?utm_source=cus- tomer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1
John Spellings Pearson, Jr. John Spellings Pearson, Jr. was born in Memphis, TN on March 4, 1962 to Dr. and Mrs. John Spellings Pearson, Sr. Sadly John passed away Wednesday November 10, 2021 from a heart attack at his home in Memphis. While... View Obituary & Service Information
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