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Joseph Alvin Pierce


Sunrise: February 25, 1958

Sunset: March 4, 2019

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”

Viewing Monday, March 11, 2019 Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701 Service Tuesday, March 12, 2019 11:00am Grove Baptist Church 5910 W Norfolk Road Portsmouth, VA 23703 Interment Mt. Moriah AME Church Cemetery 8438 White Marsh Road Elberon, VA 23846

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    Carrie Johnson says

    Praying that you have peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.

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      Coston says

      To The Pierce Family, Weeping may endure for a night but Joy that unspeakable Joy come’s in the Morning; My Cousin my Classmate of 1976 Surry County High, My Heart is sad I understand that God makes no mistakes, absent from the body is present with the Lord. To Esther and the Family I send my deepest condolence Cousin Joseph you have earn your Heavenly Wing’s Rest on in Heaven; Mrs. Patricia Anderson Coston, from Smithfield Va.

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    Cheryle Johnson says

    Esrher, I send my sincere sympathy and love to you and your family. May you find comfort from the Holy Scriptures.__Isa. 41:10-13

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    Chris Shipley says

    Mrs. Pierce & Family
    I worked with Joseph at Fort Eustis and he was an absolute perfect gentleman – one who truly loved his family. Loved hearing about the grandkids. He will surely be missed here at work. Praying that God will be with you and your family as you go thru this difficult time.

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    Edward Lyons says

    I was so sorry to hear of the passing of a dear and true friend, Joe. Something was not quite right for I had not heard from him in a month or so and that was not the friend that I knew. Unanswered phone calls was not the norm for Joe. Family at this time, you have my deepest sympathy for the passing of your loved one and he will be missed by many. The Bible teaches us that death is appointed to everyone but our hearts grieve because of the love we have for the individual. Grieve, for it’s only human to do so because of the memories and love shared, but not to long. Joe would not want you to. Lean to God for understanding and comfort for He makes no mistake. When you find yourselves tearing or having a difficult day, think of the memories and happier times shared for they will see you through. I, too, will miss my friend. My prayers are with all of you Esther, Rodney, Tiffany, Brittany and the grandkids. Joe love you all.

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    Jeannette Sharpe says

    It’s hard to understand why our love ones are taken from us, but find comfort in knowing you were a special part of such well-lived life. Love Derwin & Jeannette

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    CPT(R) Earl Webster says

    To the Pierce Family,
    I pray that you will continue to hold on to Gods unchanging hand! Keep the FAITH! Joseph and I were co-workers & good friends. He will be missed but, never forgotten! Joseph’s spirit will always be with you.

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