1929 ~ 2021
Date of Death: April 1, 2021
In profound sadness, the staff of Veasley Funeral Home & Cremations, Inc. want to express our sincere condolences to the Pierce family. James’ earthly temple is now resting in the care of Veasley Funeral Home. Revelations 21:4 says "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death; nor sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain, for the former things are passed away." Be assured that in the days ahead you will surely gain strength from the memories of Mr. James Pierce.
Derrick Veasley ~ Director
Henry Veasley ~ Director
Pastor E.C. Maltbia ~ Chaplain
James Earl Pierce, Sr. was born in Caseyville, Mississippi on May 31, 1929. He was one of eighteen children born to the union of the late Henry and Naomi Adams Pierce. He departed this earthly life on Thursday, April 1, 2021.
James was raised in a Christian home and attended St. Paul on the River church and school in Caseyville. James was drafted into the Army on July 29, 1952 and was a twenty year veteran of the United States Army serving in France, Vietnam, Okinawa, Bangkok, Alaska and several other military campaigns. James was awarded the prestigious Purple Heart after an ambush in Vietnam Cong on May 5, 1968 and the Army Commendation Medal before retiring as a Staff Sergeant in March of 1970.
James married the love of his life, Francisca Terre Quinit in 1974 and from the union they had one son, James "Jimmy" Earl Pierce, Jr.
James worked at Ward Bus Company for many years and after retiring, he would work on TVs and lawnmowers and became an entrepreneur, traveling to garage sales, auctions and estate sales with an eye for what people wanted (some things they didn't want). He was a lover of family. Always staying in touch with his brothers and sisters. When the brothers got together you would hear unbelievable stories and raucous laughter.
James was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife, Francisca Terre Pierce; eight brothers, Oris, Beau James, Vodra, Henry, Julius, Oscar, Claude and Carl; five sisters, Beulah Clark, Naomi Houston, Alma Chambers, Mattielene Perry and Hazel Marie Scott.
James leaves to cherish his memory, three sons, James "Jimmy" Earl Pierce, Jr. of Hollywood, California, Henry (Joann) Payne of St. Petersburg, Florida, Bennie James (Karen) Pierce of Conway, Arkansas; two brothers, Colon (Elmira) Pierce of Morrilton, Arkansas, Samuel (Zenaida) Pierce of Conway, Arkansas; seven grandchildren, Logan and Bennie Pierce, Tikiera, Crystal, Precious, James and Lakisha Payne and a host of loving nieces, nephews, precious family members and dear friends.
Walk through visitation for family and friends will be held Sunday, April 4, 2021 from 3:00pm-6:00pm at Veasley Funeral Home.
Celebration of life service will be held Monday, April 5, 2021, 11:00am on the campus parking lot of True Holiness Saints Center, 198 Hwy 286 East, Conway, Arkansas 72032.
Committal service and final resting place will be held at Crestlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, 472 US-64, Conway, AR 72032.