Samuel Wilburn “Sam” Pierce was born June 13, 1944 and passed away Sunday, June 30, 2019 at the age of 75. He was a lifelong resident of DeQuincy. Sam graduated from DeQuincy High School in 1964. Following graduation he began working for Timber Woodlands Company in DeQuincy. In 1968, he was drafted into the United States Army where he served two years in Frankfort, Germany. Upon his discharge from the Army, he returned to Timber Woodlands Company and because of his knowledge and capabilities in the timber industry, this led to him being hired by Boise Southern where he retired after 34 years of employment. Anyone who knew Sam would agree he was a loyal, dedicated, hardworking individual.
From an early age Sam had a love for music. He played the guitar and banjo and his love for music touched the lives of many. For the past 34 years, he was a faithful member of The First United Pentecostal Church and during that time he taught Sunday School for thirty years. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife of fifty years, Mary Pierce; children, Thomas Kevin Pierce and wife, Melissa; Bridget Annette Harper and husband, Jeff; grandchildren, Grace Anne, Trapper and Madison. He is also survived by his siblings, Jackie Pierce of Fields, Drew Pierce of Williston, Fla., Carolyn Burnett of Fields and Jean Evelyn Bryant of Niceville, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Alton Pierce and Pearl Martin Pierce; three brothers and four sisters.
The family received friends from 4-9 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, and visitation will continue Wednesday, July 3, from 8 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at The First United Pentecostal Church, 230 Smith St., DeQuincy.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, at the church. Officiating will be Pastor Carlton Jackson, Jr., Rev. T. D. Cardwell, Rev. Anthony Kennon and Bro. Harry Methvin. Interment will follow at Hyatt Cemetery in Fields.
Arrangements are being handled by Riley Smith Funeral Home, 1810 W. Fourth St., DeQuincy.