Joe Eldon Pierce, 84, of Crews, Texas, passed from this life to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, July 25, 2014, after a short illness. A celebration of his life will be held on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. in the Hopewell Baptist Church in Crews, Texas. Pastor Ferris Akins will officiate. Joe was born in the Winchell Community of Brown County on March 5, 1930, to Jack and Pearl Pierce. He was the youngest of nine brothers and sisters. He married the love of his life, Betty Joyce on December 21, 1968, served in the Navy from 1948-1950 and became a Mason in 1964. As a young man, he worked as a postal carrier and a policeman before his 30 year career with State Farm Insurance until retiring in 1992. He also farmed and ranched for many years in Tom Green County and Runnels County He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Betty Pierce; two daughters who adored him, Deborah Ticer and husband John of Midland, Texas, Jenny Kading and husband Todd of Coleman, Texas; one step son, Richard McCullough and wife Anna of Bangs, Texas; he had six grandchildren, Debi Masters and husband Mick, Zachary "Pierce" Doyle, Kaeli Kading, and Heather, Mindy, and Kayla McCullough; he had six great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Virginia "Jenny" Smith of El Campo, Texas; several nieces, nephews, and some very dear friends. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to LifeLegacy Foundation of Tucson, Arizona or Hospice Midland of Midland, Texas.
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Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on July 29, 2014