If you visited the Goodman Campus at night over the past eight years either as a
student or guest to campus, you've probably run into Eddie Pearce at the security
building on Montague Street.
Pearce, 67, a Bessemer, Ala. native, who lives in Carthage, recently announced his
retirement and won't be the first person you see when arriving anymore. Pearce came
to Holmes 10 years ago as a security officer with Allied Barton, who provided private
security for the College until eight years ago when he became a security officer for
"I have thoroughly enjoyed it," Pearce said. "They are good kids here. It's been worth
it to see some kids change their ways. I've had some kids to come by and say 'Mr.
Eddie' can I talk to you? I say sure come on back. They sit and down we talk. They
say thank you. They also ask do I believe what I tell them, and I tell them I do."
"Some ask me why I smile all of the time," he said. "I tell them why frown. If you
have the Lord why frown because there's it's not need to frown. Think about the good
times, don't think about the bad times. I've enjoyed it and had a good time. I'd come
in early sometimes just to be here and for no particular reason."
Several of his fondest memories occurred over the last few years. This past Halloween,
several softball players dressed as security officers as "Mr. Eddie." Also, Holmes
Connection! Director Mike Yates asked him to make a cameo in one of the production
"I didn't know what to think when that happened," Pearce said of the softball players.
"I had to stop and think a minute but yeah. It was fun. I can't forget the time the
time Mr. Yates got me to put the wig on. I finally conceded to do it. It was fun."
COVID-19 made the last few months a lot different for Pearce with no students on campus.
"There are alot of things go on," Pearce said "A lot of things happen. This has been
one of most unusual years that I can remember. I told a lot of kids that I'd see them
after Spring Break, and they didn't come back because of this coronavirus and stuff.
I really missed them not coming back. It's one of those things that happened. You
never know what's going to happen."
One of the things most people do not realize is that Pearce is also a pastor serving
the last 50 years. He currently serves as pastor of Open Door Baptist Church in Kosciusko,
where he's been for the last 10 years.
He has also pastored at Bessemer Baptist Bible Church in Bessemer, Ala., Town Creek
Baptist Church in Alexander City, Ala., Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Dayville, Ala.
and at Temple Baptist Church in Kosciusko. He also was the associate pastor at Temple
Baptist Church and also worked with Dr. William Surratt, where he sold Christian education
supplies in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.
Pearce is a graduate of Jess Lainer High School (now Bessemer High School). He holds
a bachelor's and master's degree in theology from Hyles Anderson Bible College in
He has four children, Cindy Keith of Canton, Jan Watts of Alexandria City, Ala., Mark
Pearce of Sallis and Johnathan Pearce of Virginia Beach, Virginia. They have 13 grandchildren.