Viola Hodges Pierce

January 22, 1931 - March 27, 2024

01/22/1931 - 03/27/2024

Past Services

Tuesday April 02, 2024
10:00 am - 10:45 am
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions
Funeral Service
Tuesday April 02, 2024
11:00 am
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions
Tuesday April 02, 2024
11:30 am
Highland Memorial Gardens
US 13 South, 109 Ward Road
Ahoskie, NC 27910

AHOSKIE, NC – Viola Hodges Pierce, 93, of Ahoskie, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 27, 2024 at her home surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Pierce was born on January 22, 1931 to Phate Nathaniel Hodges and Annie Elizabeth McLawhorn Hodges in Washington, NC. Viola was a devoted mother, and grandmother that cherished her family. She was an extremely hard worker all of her life and was always ready to lend a helping hand whenever she could. She was a graduate of beauty school and practiced cosmetology for many years, later turning her focus on care giving with becoming a nurse’s aide. Always there for a child in need, she loved to care for them and show her selfless attention to their needs. As one of her granddaughters said it, “she always gave the best, warmest hugs around.” Viola enjoyed collecting porcelain dolls. She was loved by many and will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her 1st husband and father of her children, Leslie Pierce; her 2nd husband, Oliver Pierce, a son, Wayne Pierce, great grandchild, Jordan, stepchildren, Betty Jo, and Keith, and eleven of her siblings.

Viola is survived by two daughters, Joan Pierce, and Connie Ann Pierce; two sons, Steven Nathaniel Pierce, and Terry Alan Pierce, all of Ahoskie; six granddaughters, Catherine Morris Harrell (Kevin) of Ahoskie, Melanie April Pierce of Ahoskie, Kari Tibbits (Kenny) of Virginia Beach, VA, Terri Lynn White of Gates County, Tammy Monique Pierce of West Palm Beach, FL, and Rachel Pierce of San Antonio, TX; four grandsons, Jason Mack Evans (Morgan) of Gates County, Bruce Walter Riddell of Raleigh, Travis Daniel Pierce of Gates County, and Quinton Pierce of Hertford; twelve great grandchildren; Calvin, Ella, Kyla, Michael, Amber, Kaitlyn, Kayla, Hailey, Sierra, Matthew, Jesse, and Daniel; sister, Helen (Marty) of Chocowinity; two brothers, Randy Hodges of Charlotte, Lindy Hodges (Myrtle) of Chesapeake, VA; stepchildren, Ricky, and Pat; special beloved granddaughter, Mary Beth Matthews; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, from 10:00 am until 10:45 am at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Ahoskie, NC with a service to follow in the chapel at 11:00 am with Rev. Anita Thompson officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Gardens, Ahoskie, NC.

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

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Betty J Perry
11 days ago

I am so sorry for your loss. I remember spending time at your house growing up and she was a sweet woman. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Much love, Betty

Cathy Horton & Red
12 days ago

So sorry for your loss. Ms. Viola was also such a sweet lady and a hard worker. My all the special memories help you in the coming days ahead. Sincerely

Brenda Baisey
12 days ago

To Catherine and all of the Family, I am so sorry. Thoughts and prayers are going your way.

Laura Louise Stoneman
14 days ago

So very sorry to hear about your Mom passing away! Thinking of all! Laura Louise Stoneman and Jack and Jo Anne Vrhovac