Martha Gordon Russey Pierce

January 2, 1942April 12, 2021

Martha Gordon Russey Pierce, 79, of Jacksonville, FL passed away Monday, April 12, 2021. She was born in Anniston, AL on January 2, 1942 and graduated from Englewood High School. Martha Gordon Russey Pierce retired as an accountant for the Florida Times Union. She was on the Board of AHCA and was a volunteer at Pine Castle & Special Olympics for 35+ years. Martha managed a Special Needs Bowling League with 70+ members for 39 years and remained involved with her Alumni class of “60” Englewood High School. She is preceded in death by her daughter Linda M. Pierce and niece Susan Newton. Martha is survived by her children Teresa “Terri” P. (Curtis) Free, Risden H. Pierce, nephews Neal (Patrick) Harrelson, Gordon (Kathleen) Harrelson, grandchildren Walter “Buddy” A. (Chris) Tillis, John M. Janssens, Bryan W. (Kaley) Volkmann II, Amy L. (Amanda) Cummings, Reed L. Tillis IV, Amy M. Senear, Anna M. (Ernest) Rowe, as well as 11 great-grandchildren. Hardage-Giddens Greenlawn Funeral Home, 4300 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32207 is serving the family. A memorial service will be held in her honor on Saturday, May 8, 2021 beginning at 2:00pm at All Souls Anglican Church, 4042 Harley Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32257. A graveside service is immediately following at Greenlawn Cemetary at 4300 Beach Blvd.


  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, May 8, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Saturday, May 8, 2021


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John (Jack) Janssens

May 8, 2021

With all my love. I will forever miss your loving heart. Kind words of encouragement and hours of fun playing cards and talking about the good old days.

Yours truly
Jack Janssens

Carolyn Alexander

May 2, 2021

With sympathy and prayer. Where there is heartache, let there be healing. Sending care and thoughts and prayers. Praying that the family will find peace in knowing the light of such a beautiful spirit lives on.

Carolyn Alexander
Florida Times-Union
Co-worker and friend

Christine Porter

May 2, 2021

One of the best people I knew.

Irene Malone

May 1, 2021

My late husband, Hayden, and I used to sit in the front row at All Souls near Martha, Risdon and John. I admired Martha’s devotion to Risdon. She was truly a loving, caring individual. I was sorry when I learned of Martha’s struggles with Covid-19 and now to learn of her passing.
My prayers are with all of you. May the Lord give you strength and peace.

Debbie Glenn

April 30, 2021

Mrs. Pierce

You were always so kind and loving to us kids, We came over to see Terri.
You were a mom that anyone would love to have!!

Samantha Zingarelli

April 25, 2021

A beautiful soul💜 She didn't just "manage" the special needs bowling league for 39+ years ~ she absolutely loved the bowlers...and they sure loved and adored her back💗 Many bowlers have been on the league for the entire 39+ years. She did this selflessly. She called to check on them when they missed a Saturday. She went above and beyond to help them, look out for their safety, etc. The bowlers couldn't wait to see her and tell her about their week. Such a loss to the community 😢 💔 Rest easy with the angels in heaven Martha🙏

Flo Robinson

April 24, 2021

i will always remember your Mom/Grandmother Martha, her kindness and gentleness and sweet spirit will be carried on by those she leaves behind. May she rest beside those who have gone before her, she has an important place in Heaven and will be busy preparing that place for you all With love and Prayers, Flo Robinson