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Johnnie L. Pierce, age 75, of Joplin, Mo., passed away on Friday, December 1, 2017, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Johnnie was born on February 22, 1942, in Joplin, the son of Cherry and Wilma (Payne) Pierce. He has been a lifetime area resident. Johnnie graduated from Joplin High School in 1960. He worked for Zales Jewelry store in Joplin, Reeves Tire, Vandever Tire, and various auto parts stores before going to work for Eagle Picher, where he retired in 2005. He was a member of Immanuel Luther Church. Johnnie was an avid sportsman, he was a member of the Joplin Softball League, he enjoyed hunting, camping and fishing, and cheering for his favorite teams the Kansas City Chiefs, Royals and the Kansas Jayhawks.
He married Carolyn Eliason on July 25, 1964, and were happily married for 53 years, she survives.
Additional survivors include a daughter, Jonlyn Pierce, of Pleasant Valley, Mo.; a son, Justin Pierce and his fiancé, Lisa, of Kansas City, Mo.; a brother, James Pierce of Racine, Mo.; three future step-grandchildren; Zachary, Sammy, and Joey; and many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins. Johnnie was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Charles Pierce, and a niece, Kelley Pierce.
Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 6, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church. Pastor Gregory Mech, will officiate. The family will receive friends during a time of visitation at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday evening.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church in care of the mortuary.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.
Published on December 4, 2017
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