The Rev. Henry James Peairs III, 66, of Golden Valley passed away at home on Aug. 14, 2008, after waging a courageous battle against lung cancer.
Henry was born on April 14, 1942, in Pascagoula, Miss., the son of Henry G. Peairs and Rosa Lee (McQueen) Peairs. He graduated from Pascagoula Negro High School in 1960.
Henry met Donna Newman of Golden Valley in 2005 and they were married on Jan. 28, 2008.
Henry was a retired Baptist minister, a member of Rough Ashlar Masonic Lodge in Kingman, and a past member of Pride of Pascagoula Masonic Lodge. He also was chairman of the Incorporate Golden Valley committee, 10-year member and past president and past treasurer of the Valley Pioneers Water Co. in Golden Valley, and a member of the Golden Valley American Legion Post 22 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Kingman.
Henry was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Nellie Irving; and brothers, Nathan, Ernest, Willis, Alvin, James and Jimmy Peairs.
Henry is survived by his wife of Golden Valley; sisters, Frances Waters of California and Rose (Sam) Sutton of Pascagoula; one uncle, Jacob McQueen of New Orleans; daughters, Rosalyn Ross, Karen Peairs and Billie Jo Peairs, all of Pascagoula; brothers-in-law, Gordon James Ennes and Joseph S. Ennes of Bullhead City; nine grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Henry donated his body to scientific research through the Biological Resource Center, and his remains will be cremated. Lake Havasu Mortuary in Lake Havasu City is handling the arrangements.
The Kingman Masonic Lodge will host a memorial service for Henry from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23, at the home of his Masonic brother Walter Carr, Unkar Road, Golden Valley.
Call (928) 565-5761 for directions.