Senator Dearing was born January 26, 1935 in Natchez. He is married to the former Shelley Paige Dizler. He has three children Bo, Daye and Paige.
Senator Dearing is a member of the Loyal Order of Moose and Elks. He is affiliated with the SLC, NCSL, ALEX, NCOIL, Energy Council, Natchez Trace Parkway Association, the National Football Foundation's Coaches Hall of Fame, Delta State Foundation & Alumni Association, USM Alumni Association and Phi Delta Kappa.
He is of the Presbyterian faith.