COLERAIN – Almond Ray Pierce, 69, of the 2900 block of Wakelon Road, died Wednesday, August 5, 2009, at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville.
Mr. Pierce was born in Bertie County on September 10, 1939, son of the late George Almond and Bessie Perry Pierce. He was a member of Colerain Baptist Church. Ray worked with the Bertie County ASCS office from 1960 until 1980 and was owner and operator of Pierce Farms until his retirement in 2004.
He enjoyed the outdoors and many outdoor activities, including tennis, water skiing, hunting and fishing, and in his later years found much pleasure in riding his motorcycle. Ray was a loving husband, friend, and good neighbor, always putting others needs before his own, and he will be greatly missed.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Shirley Harrell Pierce.
A graveside celebration of life service will be held on Friday, August 7, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. in Highland Memorial Gardens, with the Rev. Don Roberts officiating. The family will receive friends at Garrett-Jones Funeral Home from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, and other times at the home. Flowers are welcome or memorial donations may be made to Colerain Baptist Church, 202 N. Main Street, Colerain, NC, 27924 or to Colerain EMS, P.O. Box 397, Colerain, NC, 27924.
It is so hard to live so far from “home” and find out about people we have known all our lives passing. We were so sorry to hear about Ray.
We know it leaves such a “gap” in your life as the two of you have been together for so many years. Just doesn’t seem “fair” that when we reach those years when we think we can relax and enjoy life together, God calls one of us home. Ray worked so hard all of his life and I’m sure you have many memories of your life together. May those memories comfort you and bring smiles to your face in the days ahead.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
I am truely going to miss Uncle Ray. I wish that I had lived in The Carolina’s long enough to really develope a friendship because he loved to do many of the things I do. Hunting ,fishing and riding motorcycles. I’m happy that he was able to meet my fiancee, Chrissy before she passed this year. I know what you must be going through aunt Sherley and if theres anything you need let me or dad and mom know. Love You. Joey