Lonnie Ray Pierce

July 18, 1949 - January 13, 2022

07/18/1949 - 01/13/2022

Past Services

Monday January 17, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions
Tuesday January 18, 2022
Highland Memorial Gardens
US 13 South, 109 Ward Road
Ahoskie, NC 27910
Tuesday January 18, 2022
1:00 pm
Higher Ground Pentecostal Holiness Church
2209 Highway 13
Ahoskie, NC 27910

AHOSKIE, NC – Lonnie Ray Pierce, age 72, passed away on January 13, 2022 at the Duke University Hospital in Durham, NC.

Mr. Pierce was born in Chowan County, NC, on July 18, 1949, a son of the late Lester Manoia and Myrtle Parker Pierce. Lonnie served in the North Carolina National Guard during the Vietnam Era in the Artillery Division. He was an active, dedicated volunteer fireman with the Ahoskie Volunteer Fire Department from 1976 until he retired in 2002. Lonnie loved trucks and driving trucks for a living and was a loyal employee of Jernigan Oil Company for over 30 years. He was an avid fisherman, and Nascar fan. Lonnie enjoyed cooking a pig and having a fish fry for friends and family, but his biggest love was his family. He never knew a stranger, was good to everyone and had no enemies. He made friends wherever he went and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Left to cherish his memory is his devoted wife of 39 years Carolyn New Pierce, four sons, Brian Keith Pierce of Colerain, NC, Joseph Alan (Tara) Pierce of Sedalia, MO, Kenneth Gerald Gray of Roanoke Rapids, NC, James Brandon Pierce of Ahoskie, NC; a daughter, Laura Gray (Carl) Pierce of Colerain, NC; grandchildren, Brittany, Tiffany, Katie, Wyatt, Josh, Seth, Addisyn, Vincent, Makayla, Abigail, Kendall, Kaleb, Michael, Luke, Landon, Makayla, and Mason; great grandchildren, Jentri, Auria, Amelia, Eliana, Leah, and Waylon; four sisters, Carolyn Mull of Ahoskie, NC, Judy (William) McGraw of Ahoskie, NC, Arlene (Robert) Knox of Gates, NC, Martha (Dana) Hollowell of Colerain, NC; and brother, Carl (Laura) Pierce of Colerain, NC.

The family will receive friends on Monday, January 17, 2022, from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Ahoskie, NC, and other times at the home.

A celebration of life service will be held on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at 1:00 pm at the Higher Ground Church, Ahoskie, NC, with Rev. Ray Faircloth, Sr. and Rev. Ray Faircloth, Jr., officiating.  Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens with Fireman’s Honors.

Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions may be made to Higher Ground Church, 2209 US 13, Ahoskie, NC, 27910, or you may donate online by clicking here

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Pierce family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting www.garrettsykesfs.com.

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Wiley Parker
2 years ago

I shall miss one of the greatest friends I ever had. I met Lonnie in 7th grade in 1962. We went on a class trip to Jamestown and he brought, in his own words, “six san-WICHES.” We walked together as I told him something funny about Hoss on Bonanza. Lonnie smiled his “shine on harvest moon” smile like he was the miniscule straits of tickled. He smiled so much like Richard Crenna on the Real McCoys. He and I sympathized with each other as we both went through separations from unfaithful wives and later experienced the joys of true wives.

Lisa Evans
2 years ago

I remember Mr. Pierce when Laura and I were in high school. He was always smiling and when I visited the home in Ahoskie he and Mrs. Pierce always made you feel welcomed and part of the family. Prayers for you all.

Tina Liverman
2 years ago

Sending extra big hugs and prayers of comfort, strength and peace. ✝️

Helen White
2 years ago

To the entire Pierce family, my prayers and love are with you. May the Lord give you wisdom and strength during this time. He is always at your side, lean on Him. ❤️❤️

Melba Terry Phillips
2 years ago

Lonnie was always such a sweet, kind man. My heart and prayers go out to all his family.
I am so sorry for your loss.

Tracy & Heather Bourn
2 years ago

To the entire Pierce family, I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort in the days to follow.

Anita and Joe Brown
2 years ago

Love and prayers to all the family.. Praying for comfort and peace..!

Clayton Burgess
2 years ago

I knew Lonnie for many years and he was always nice about speaking and asking how you were doing. My condolences to his brother and other family members.

Robert (BOBBY) Askew
2 years ago

TKnown Lonnie my whole life and so sorry to hear this. What a good man Lonnie was and loved his family and spoke of them often. RIP my friend.

Brenda Baisey
2 years ago

Thoughts and prayers are going your way to each and every one of you. May God keep you during this time.