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Joseph Walter Pierson Jr.

November 3, 1933September 1, 2020

Joseph Pierson Jr. "Pops", 86, passed away peacefully on September 1, 2020 at home in Archer Lodge, NC. His loving wife, Patricia, and his darling daughter, Nancy, were with him as he breathed his last.

Joe was born to Elizabeth & Joseph Pierson Sr. on November 3, 1933 in Morristown, NJ. He settled in Cranberry Lake, NJ, built a house there for his family and was a valued member of the Cranberry Lake community until his retirement and eventual move to Archer Lodge, NC.

Joe spent his career with NJ Bell / AT&T / Lucent Technologies. He was an original Charter Member & Past Chief of The Cranberry Lake Fire Department, President of The Cranberry Lake Community Club & Honorary Lifetime Governor, President & Board Member of both The Lakeland Hills & Randolph YMCA Swim Team Parents Association, President & Board Member of Several Houses of Worship. “Pops” was predeceased by his sister, Elizabeth "Betty" Gench Freundlich and his devoted son-in-law, Al, deceased husband of Nancy. He is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 59 years, Patricia; two sons, Joseph and David and his wife, Maureen, and his daughter, Nancy. He is also survived by his former daughter In-law, Cindy Pierson, grandchildren Candyce, Ryan, Cyarra, David Joseph, Michael & Christina and great grandchildren Riley, Zoey & Brayden Jeter.

There will be a Memorial Service held at a later date at Horne Memorial United Methodist of Clayton, NC. In lieu of flowers donations can be made for the New Building Fund @ Horne Memorial United Methodist Church, PO Box 475, Clayton, NC 27528.

Rest in Peace, Joe. We LOVE YOU POPS!!!


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Diana Palumbo

September 18, 2020

Sending sincere condolences and sympathy in the loss of your beloved, Joe. I pray that God gives you the strength and courage to sustain you during this time of great grief and sorrow. Joe. was truly a wonderful man and will be missed by many. Rest in peace dear friend.

Beth Earls O"Neill

September 14, 2020

Pat. So sorry to hear of Joe's death. Our sincerest condolences go out to you and your family. Our families have been connected for many many years beginning with Ella and Harold and Maggie and Steve. How lucky we all are that they became friends so long ago in the Bronx. Mickey and I are still grateful that Joe stepped up and volunteered to be a pall bearer at my Mom's funeral 15 years ago in Florida. You and Joe were on vacation in South Florida and drove up to Oviedo to help us say goodbye to Betty. I will always remember my times out at the Lake as happy. Mickey and I thank you for your love and friendship. May Joe rest in peace.

Chaplain, Colonel, Steve Frick, USAF (Ret)

September 14, 2020

Pat and Joe visited us MANY times during my Air Force career -- from Florida to Alaska and places in between. Their friendship and support for more than 40 years has been unwavering and priceless! We will miss Joe, but are so thankful for Pat and Nancy!

Mary Dean

September 14, 2020

Pat, Nancy and Family- So sorry to hear of your loss! Praying for you all that you find peace knowing he’s in God’s hands.
Mary (Hall) Dean

Glen Sweikata

September 13, 2020

Joe you will be missed. I really enjoyed our talks that usually lead to laughter. It was always nice to hang out with you and Pat. Heaven definitely gained an angel.

Love Glen Sweikata

David Naysmith

September 13, 2020

Such a wonderful person who raised a wonderful family and has left his mark on many, many people here in NJ. My condolences to the children and to Pat.

Buddy Ruehle

September 10, 2020

Many memories from long ago.


September 3, 2020


So sorry for your loss. If there is anything that Mel & I can do, Please let us now.

Mel & Lori Hicks


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