Lela Bell Pierce

October 4, 1931February 22, 2018

Lela Bell Pierce was born October 4th, 1931 in Bessemer, Alabama, the only child of Louis C. and Irene Wilson. She graduated from Dunbar High School in Bessemer. On April 10th, 1951 she married Reuben Pierce and to this union 5 children were born: Carolyn Ann, Nathan Robinson, Patricia Lynn, Reuben, Jr. and Timothy Oneal. She moved to Albion in 1953 to join her husband who was employed at Hayes Albion Malleable for 32 1/2 years. She was employed at various times at Albion Community Hospital, Corning Glass Works and Eaton Corporation and was an active member of Lewis Chapel AME church. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and enjoyed cooking, reading and traveling. Her loving and devoted husband of 64 years, Reuben, preceded her in death in 2015, as did her son Nathan in 1972. She leaves to cherish her memory two daughters, Carolyn (Manuel) Davis of Lansing, Michigan and Patricia (Willie) Thompson of Raleigh, North Carolina; two sons, Reuben Jr. (Lenora) Pierce of St. Clair Shores, Michigan and Timothy Pierce of San Francisco, California; 4 sisters-in-law, Cebell Miller of Griffin, Georgia, Roxie Pierce of Bessemer, Alabama, Juanita Pierce of Tuskegee, Alabama and Sylvia Pierce of McCormick, South Carolina; 2 brothers-in-law, James Pierce of Montgomery, Alabama and Fletcher Pierce of McCormick, South Carolina; 9 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She was also preceded in death by her parents; grandson Darryl Gardenhire; sister-in-law Ludell Crenshaw and brothers-in-law Booker Pierce, Nathaniel Pierce and J.C. Crenshaw. Funeral Service will be held Friday, March 2, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Lewis Chapel AME Church, 522 W. Center Street, Albion, Michigan with Reverend Donald L. Phillips III officiating. Family hour will start at 10:00 AM before the service. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Albion. Arrangements are entrusted to J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, 811 Finley Dr., Albion, Michigan 49224. To leave online messages of condolence, please visit


  • Family Hour Friday, March 2, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 2, 2018

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Michael Marshall

March 1, 2018

To the Pierce Family:

Please know that your friends are with you during this difficult time. I know your Mother left a storehouse of beautiful memories for you all to reflect on. Please allow me to encourage you to recall each of the positive gifts she left behind - forever.

I trust that the love of family and friends will serve as an additional source of comfort.

Michael Marshall and Shigeo Yamada
Long Beach, California

Debbie Williams

March 1, 2018

Even in darkness God light still shine. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Reuben Pierce, Jr.

February 28, 2018

So many precious memories......

George Griffin Jr.

February 27, 2018

Tim was one of my best friends in high school and I always thought he had the coolest parents. I can see both Mr. and Mrs Pierce sitting in the garage with his drink and her reading her book. I always saw them as a real nice and loving couple. Tim I just want you, Ruben and the rest of the family to know. That I think you should remember the strong foundation that Mr and Mrs Pierce built in you all. My prayers are with you all during this difficult time of saying your earthly goodbyes to your Mama.

May God shelter you and continue to bless you all