Apolonia "Polly" (Manago) Pearson

July 23, 1942 ~ March 9, 2021 (age 78)


Dalzell, SC…..Apolonia “Polly” Manago Pearson, age 78, widow of Lee R. Pearson, died on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital.


Born in Calapacuan, Subic, Zambales, Philippines, she was the daughter of the late Patricio Manago and Rosalina Angel Manago.


Polly was a strong woman, and she showed her strength from a young age. In the Philippines she helped support her family by working various jobs. She raised her family in a foreign country, learned to drive in a blizzard in Minot, North Dakota, and worked many years in food service. Though she never attended high school, Polly became a successful businesswoman and founded the Fil-AM store on Peach Orchard Road. Polly loved her family dearly. She was a kind-hearted, God-fearing woman of great Catholic faith. Emigrating Filipinos near and far found a new family member in Polly, and she helped many people who now call this country home. Polly was a generous woman and volunteered with the DAV, VA, and her local church. She enjoyed fellowship with her many friends, especially those in the Filipino community.


Surviving are two children, Lee Ann Lawrence and her husband Dave of Chapin; John E. Pearson and his wife Alison of Easley; grandchildren Hannah Pearson, Dustin Lawrence and Devin Lawrence; siblings Julius Manago, Myrna Igma, Cezar Manago and Freddie Manago all of the Philippines; niece Angelita Angel of Reno, NV; nephew Orly Manago Orlina of the Philippines.


In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by siblings Adelida, Rosalinda, and Angelito.


A funeral service will be held on Monday, March 15, 2021, at 11:00 am at Palmetto Chapel, Our Lady of the Skies Catholic Parish, Shaw Air Force Base. Interment will follow in the Ft. Jackson National Cemetery at 2:00 pm.


Pallbearers will be Fred Gilbert, Thao Vincent, Jobert Vego, Dustin Lawrence, Devin Lawrence, and Tate Deluccia.


You may view the service via live stream at and clicking on the obituary of Apolonia “Polly” (Manago) Pearson.


Individuals wishing to attend the mass must pre-register by contacting Sue Lavergne at


Registered guests who don’t have access to Shaw AFB must also contact Sue Lavergne at before 12:00 noon on Friday, March 12, to arrange for background information necessary for Visitor Passes.


The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 14, 2021, from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at Bullock Funeral Home.


Memorials may be made to the Our Lady of the Skies Catholic Community at or DAV, Gamecock, Chapter 5, 18 Hard Park Road, Sumter, SC 29150.


You may go to and sign the family’s guest book.


The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home of Sumter for the arrangements.


To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Apolonia "Polly" (Manago) Pearson, please visit our floral store.


March 14, 2021

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Bullock Funeral Home
1190 Wilson Hall Road
Sumter, SC 29150

Funeral Service
March 15, 2021

11:00 AM
Our Lady of the Skies
912 Shaw Drive
Shaw AFB, SC 29152

Video is available for this event

March 15, 2021

2:00 PM
Ft. Jackson National Cemetery
4170 Percival Rd
Columbia, SC 29229

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