The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


October 5, 2012

Obituaries — Friday, Oct. 5, 2012


James Hedrick Pierce Sr.

James Hedrick Pierce Sr., 83, of Beckley, passed away on October 2, 2012, at his residence following a long illness.

Born October 4, 1928, in Beckley, James was the son of the late William G. and Gertrude Mae Lykins Pierce.

Jim attended Woodrow Wilson High School before joining the United States Navy. Jim served on the USS Ashtabula and the USS AJAX; he was a machinist mate. Jim was proud to be a veteran and always shared his love for the Navy and his country that he dearly loved. After returning home he worked as a diesel mechanic at Beckley Coal, Vecellio and Grogan and Murrows Transport in NC.

Jim loved working on his Ford, “Ole Blue,” and watching John Wayne movies and spending time with his family, whom he loved very much. He was a charter member of Memorial Baptist Church, Beckley.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers Sam, Ben, George, and Junior Pierce; his sisters, Pauline Pierce and Ruth Mckay, and his black lab companions Polly and Dixie.

Those left to cherish Jim’s memory include his loving wife of 62 years, Margaret Pierce; his sons, James H. Pierce Jr. and wife Sherri of Grandview, Timothy R. Pierce and his wife Nancy of Lexington, NC; his daughter, Trina Griffith and husband Steve of Beckley; his grandsons, Jay Pierce and his companion Violet of Kimberly, Casey Pierce and his wife Crystal of Coal City, Philip Griffith and his wife Emily of Morgantown, and Justin Massie and his wife Chrystal of Itmann; his granddaughters, Andrea and Isabella Pierce of Lexington, N.C.; two great-granddaughters, McKenzie Pierce of Coal City and Gabby Massie of Beckley.

Funeral services for Jim will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2012, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Home with Pastor Randy Adkins of the United Methodist Temple officiating with a very special Eulogy by dear family friend Brian Riffe. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Pallbearers will be Philip Griffith, Casey Pierce, Justin Massie, George Pierce II, Richard Wriston and Rick Hutchens.

Jim’s family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

An online guest registry and other information can be found by visiting

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley.

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