Wallace E. (Ike) Pearson, 92, of Jacksonville died on July 10. The grandson of an Irish immigrant who stowed away on a ship to come to America, he was born on April 18, 1920 in Louisiana to Wallace Edward and Emma O’Cleary Pearson. He was always proud of his Irish heritage and the strong work ethic instilled in him as a child.
As a young man, Ike travelled and worked in many western states and Mexico. He moved to Pennsylvania to work in the shipyards before finally settling in Florida. He worked in Mount Dora and then travelled back up north to Jacksonville to work with the Great Southern Trucking Company. His fondness for horses and cattle led him to follow his dream. At Great Southern, Ike met Cherrie Fish. They married and together worked to build a small ranch in western Jacksonville off Chaffee Road.
He opened Ike’s Ranch Supply in Whitehouse, and later he and his wife sold some of their property to the state of Florida for the construction of I-10. With the emergence of I-10, the area of Whitehouse began to grow. As a businessman, Mr. Pearson was a planner with Christian values who sought to bring quality family businesses into the shopping and retail area now known as Chaffee Point.