Pierce, Joe LeRoy Born January 10, 1934, went to be with our Lord and Savior on December 3, 2012 at age 78. Born in Dallas, Texas to Joe and Tommie Pierce, Joe grew up in Dallas with four siblings and later married the love of his life, Billie Jean Duke from Pittsburg, Texas. They were married 55 years raising their family in Irving, TX. Early in his career, Joe worked at Southern Ice Company and then later at American Airlines for 30 years until retirement. Once retired, Joe and Billie joined a camping club and enjoyed spending time with friends. Joe loved the Lord, his family, friends, and sharing stories from the past. As a long time member of Oak View Baptist Church, he enjoyed the opportunity to share music and sing with others in church as well as in the community. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force (Korean Conflict). He was also a Master Mason of Irving Lodge #1218, a Scottish Rite Mason (32nd Degree) and a member of the Hella Shrine. Joe is preceded in death by both parents and wife, Billie Jean. He is survived by sons Randy Pierce and Steve Pierce, brother James Pierce of Trinidad, Texas, sister Oleta Kennington of Pittsburg, Texas, sister Nelda Moore of Conroe, Texas, sister Sandra Pierce of East Texas, eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and in-laws, and a host of life-long friends. Joe's smile, sense of humor, and kind heart will be dearly missed by all. A service to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, December 8th, 2012 @ 10 a.m. at the Wildwood Chapel on the grounds of Restland Funeral Home, 9220 Restland Rd. Dallas, TX. Visitation: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Friday, December 7th at the Memorial Chapel at Restland..
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Published in Dallas Morning News on Dec. 7, 2012