OBITUARY

Thomas Allen Pierce

April 27, 1937January 10, 2019
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Thomas Allen Pierce, 81 of Apex, passed away peacefully on January 10, 2019, in his home surrounded by his family. He was born April 27, 1937 to the late Tom and Sophia Pierce and is also preceded in death by his sister, Sarah Airington and brother, Oscar Pierce.

Thomas Allen served his community throughout his life. He began as a charter member of Fairview Fire Department in 1963 where he served as a volunteer for 50 years. Thomas Allen served as a deacon at Catawba Springs Christian Church for 50 years. He was a founding board member of Wake Christian Academy where he held over 25 years of service and he was a board member at Tarheel Farm Credit for over 20 years.

Thomas Allen will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 57 years, Ellen West Pierce. He was Father to Jeff (Sheila), Trent (Valarie), and Brad (Paula); Grandaddy to Kristin (Stephen), Rachael, Hilary (Colin), Ashlyn, Natalie, Anna, and Alex; Great-Grandaddy to Emily, Lydia, and Garrett; and brother to Marie Pleasants.

A funeral service will be held at Catawba Springs Christian Church on Sunday, January 13, 2018 at 2:30 PM with a graveside service to follow. Family will receive friends and guests prior to the service from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to Catawba Springs Christian Church or Transitions Hospice.

Condolences can be sent to apexfuneral.net

  • FAMILY

  • Thomas Allen will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 57 years, Ellen West Pierce. He was Father to Jeff (Sheila), Trent (Valarie), and Brad (Paula); Grandaddy to Kristin (Stephen), Rachael, Hilary (Colin), Ashlyn, Natalie, Anna, and Alex; Great-Grandaddy to Emily, Lydia, and Garrett; and brother to Marie Pleasants.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Tom Airington
  • Glen Finnell
  • Jason Pleasants
  • Randy Walker
  • David West
  • Joel West
  • DONATIONS

  • Catawba Springs Christian Church or Transitions Hospice

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, January 13, 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, January 13, 2019
  • Graveside Service Sunday, January 13, 2019
REMEMBERING

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Gerald Atkins, Sr.

January 17, 2019

Reminding you warmly how much others care and would like to bring comfort somehow. And hoping you feel that God's presence is with you, supporting and helping you now. With Deepest Sympathy.

Billy Prince

January 14, 2019

My deepest condolences to the whole family. He was a great man that will be missed by many!

Trent Pierce

January 14, 2019

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One measure of a life well lived is how much you will be missed. Dad will most certainly be missed.
He showed me how to work hard & play even harder, how to take care of the ones I love, and how to let those that I’m loved by take care of me when it’s absolutely necessary.
Dad “told” me how to do a few things, but he always “showed” me how to do anything that was important. He led by his walk more than he did by his talk.
We had lots of sweet times together over the last few years. The Lord saw fit to slow us both down and focus on what’s really valuable.
Many have told me Dad was a great example they would like to live up to. My advice is don’t try to emulate Dad’s life, just live like Jesus. That was Dad’s secret.
Love you Dad! See you soon!
Trent

Trent Pierce

January 14, 2019

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Dad could fix just about anything.
Most folks I know owed dad a favor.
Dad was a giver, and rarely a taker.
He thought it was hilarious when he could startle one of our old barn cats.
Dad enjoyed cooking pigs, hanging out with his grandkids, and a 20 minute nap in the middle of the day.
He didn’t like a Canada Goose hanging around his pond, or the Tarheels, and he’d get frustrated with me if I had my hands in my pockets when he needed me to hand him a wrench when he was working on a tractor.
More than anything, Dad didn’t like it if I talked bad about anyone - no matter what.
Every time I asked him if he had his pocketknife with him, he’d say “I have my pants on don’t I.”
When I was young, before we’d head out around 3am to milk the cows he would always fix me a small snack. Usually it was a couple cookies and a small glass of orange juice. While were milking, around 4:30am I would seem to always drift off to sleep standing up, Dad would shout out the next line of the country song on the radio and scare me to death. We spent a lot of time together working on the farm, but he always made it fun.
He loved Jesus, Catawba, the Fairview Fire Department, WCA, baseball, The Wolfpack, IH, cows, farming, his mom, my mom, his family, his friends, and most of all I know for sure that he loved me.
I’ve always heard that a boy doesn’t become a man until he loses his Dad. I’m so thankful that I didn’t have to grow up as young as Dad did.
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Trent Pierce

January 14, 2019

I’m so proud of Mom and my family for providing selfless love and care for Dad these last several years.
Since Dad’s health started to fail, Mom has shown us how to be a loving caregiver and Dad has shown us how to be a content patient.
Dad was known by many names -
Mr. Pierce
Tom
Thomas
Thomas Allen
Allen
TA
Uncle Allen
Three knew him as Great Granddaddy (one for just a few hours), six knew him as Granddaddy, and I’m one of three that knew him as Dad.
I could tell Dad anything, and knew he’d never share it with anyone. I NEVER once heard him gossip about others.
When I would come to him with a problem that involved someone else, he’d always tell me to start by praying about it. When I took his advice, prayer always seemed to make things better by first changing me.
Several have told me they had never heard one bad thing said about Dad. As his son, I can assure you he wasn’t perfect, but he was pretty awesome.
I knew a few of Dad’s faults, but God knew every single one. Dad was fully known by God, and at the same time he was fully loved by God. We can all take comfort in this fact.
Dad could actually wiggle his ears. You should try sometime.
He could hide a quarter in his big strong hand and no matter how hard I tried, it wasn’t coming out.
Dad was an entrepreneur of manure. He dealt with a lot of “you know what” in his life!
Dad was an entrepreneur before anyone knew what the word meant. He dropped out of business college to take over the dairy his father started when his dad was killed by a bull on the farm. For many years Dad ran multiple businesses with 10-15 employees at any given time.
Dad taught me how to be resourceful and to have the grit to stay with a job until it was done and done right. He also modeled how to take care of folks that helped take care of the business. Dad’s word was his bond and everyone knew he’d always do what he said.
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ASHLEY RICHARDS

January 13, 2019

Uncle Allen and Aunt Ellen were a big part of my childhood. He and his family were always so kind to me. And, it was the littlest thing of letting me swim in their pool on those hot summer days that I will always cherish. I would say he was a happy soul and he will be sorely missed. Thank you for the memories.

Chandrea Franks Burch

January 13, 2019

Thoughts and prayers to the family for your loss. Great memories of times together.

Deborah Cook Sivnksty

January 12, 2019

Mr. Pierce was a very kind, gracious man. He was a man full of Godly character, and consistently lived out a life of faith before us all. His faithfulness to his God and his lovely wife and family is an example of steadiness and commitment to what God values and honors. He will be greatly missed and will always be loved. Grateful for that hope and confidence that Mr. Pierce is with Jesus... looking to that blessed Day.

Michelle Pleasants

January 12, 2019

Uncle Allen was a wonderful, Godly man. I lived on his farm and was married and had a child living in his farm house. He taught me how to ride his lawnmower and we had great talks about the cows. He was my daughters golf cart buddy and we enjoyed his visits and seeing him always busy on the farm. I loved him dearly and he was good to me and my family. He will be missed some kind of terribly. We know he is praising the Lord as we miss him on earth!

Linda (Gunter) Phillips

January 12, 2019

Mr. Pierce was my landlord when I taught at Wake Christian Academy. I will always remember his smile and what a kind and gracious man he was.

I never knew farmers played music for their cows until I met him!

I was truly blessed to know him. I am sorry for this great loss, and I will uphold the family in my prayers.

Biography

Thomas Allen Pierce, 81 of Apex, passed away peacefully on January 10, 2019, in his home surrounded by his family. He was born April 27, 1937 to the late Tom and Sophia Pierce and is also preceded in death by his sister, Sarah Airington and brother, Oscar Pierce.

Thomas Allen served his community throughout his life. He began as a charter member of Fairview Fire Department in 1963 where he served as a volunteer for 50 years. Thomas Allen served as a deacon at Catawba Springs Christian Church for 50 years. He was a founding board member of Wake Christian Academy where he held over 25 years of service and he was a board member at Tarheel Farm Credit for over 20 years.

Thomas Allen will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 57 years, Ellen West Pierce. He was Father to Jeff (Sheila), Trent (Valarie), and Brad (Paula); Grandaddy to Kristin (Stephen), Rachael, Hilary (Colin), Ashlyn, Natalie, Anna, and Alex; Great-Grandaddy to Emily, Lydia, and Garrett; and brother to Marie Pleasants.

A funeral service will be held at Catawba Springs Christian Church on Sunday, January 13, 2018 at 2:30 PM with a graveside service to follow. Family will receive friends and guests prior to the service from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to Catawba Springs Christian Church or Transitions Hospice.

Condolences can be sent to apexfuneral.net