I have fought a good fight, I have finished the course. I have kept the faith. II Timothy 4:7
On March 4, 2019 @ 3:35pm o’clock at Maryview Hospital, Portsmouth Va, our Lord and Savior in his divine wisdom dispatched an angel to bring one of his servants, Joseph Alvin Pierce from his earthly labor to his eternal reward. Joseph was born February 25, 1958 to Odell Pierce and the late Herbert Pierce Jr. of Surry County, Va.
He was baptized and joined Mt. Nebo Baptist church in his Youth and later years he attended the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses in Surry, Va. He also attended Luther Porter Jackson High School in Dendron, Va. which later became Surry County High where he graduated from the Class of 1976, known as the “Surry Cougars”.
He furthered his education with Tidewater Community College and received an Associate Degree in Business Management. He was employed at Smithfield Packing Company for eighteen years. He continued his education by receiving a Certification with Computer Dynamic Institute, Va. Beach, Va. along with other certificates in 1996.
Joseph enjoyed technology, he worked with computers and several companies: Kee’s Business, Gateway, Norfolk Naval Base, Norfolk Naval Shipyard and others as a Government Contractor. His last place of employment was Phacil, INC., Fort Monroe, Hampton, Va.
Joseph was united in marriage to Esther Parson June 17, 1981 and to this union three children were born. His son, Rodney Pierce (Deseree) of Burlington North Carolina, Daughters: Tiffany Simmons (Charles II) of Portsmouth, Va. And Britney Pierce of Durham, N. C. He loved his Grandchildren: Kennedi and Charles III Simmons, Deja and Kingston Pierce. His favorite time was spending time with his family, friends, enjoying music, electronics, computers and cars.
Joseph’s children and grandchildren were his heart. He supported them in their activities, birthday parties, education and provided encouraging words of wisdom. He was a strong advocate of Norfolk State University.
Still cherishing his memory are his mother, Odell Pierce, his wife, Esther of 37 years, his brothers: Herbert Pierce III (Sandra) of Surry, Shawn Pierce ( Pamela) of Newport News; Sisters Valerie White of Surry, Thelma Pierce of Portsmouth and Elaine Pierce of Newport News. Others are brother-in-laws: Wayman Parson (Florence) of Va. Beach, Allen Parson, Sr. ( Doris) of Elberon, Va, and Earrett Parson, Sr. (Maryland). Sisters-in-laws, Carolyn Jones of Emporia, Mary Parson of Surry, Eunice Gay of Surry, Sharon Lofton (Herbert) of Va. Beach and Tunisia Jones ( Wendell) of Hampton and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.
“when God comes to call us home, may he find us serving him”