In memory of
Jolly Boy Pierce, 83 of Jacksonville went to be with his Lord and Savior on September 2, 2018, at his home. He was born on November 16, 1934 in Pender County, to the late Ross Pierce and Vada Batchelor Pierce. He was predeceased by his brothers, Alvin Pierce and Randle Pierce and sisters, Shelby Sholar, Stella Evans, and Helen Sloan. Surviving are his wife Amy Lanier Pierce; three daughters, Debra Faires and husband Charles, Lisa Williams and husband Andy, Jollie "Jo" Belfiore and husband John; grandchildren, Charlie Faires and wife Ashley, Lacy Raynor and husband David, Duncan Faires and wife Blaine; Lindsey Cotroneo and husband Ryan, Drew Williams, Danielle Lassitter and husband TJ, Jonathon Belfiore and wife Miranda; great-grandchildren, Chasley, Wilson and Pierstyn Faires; Brinley, Raleigh and Lilly Raynor; Kimber Faires and Jolly Belfiore; sister Kathleen Hanchey and numerous nieces and nephews. Jolly was a devoted husband to his wife of 63 years. Their love was like no other. They enjoyed being together and you could often find them dancing in the living room. Jolly began his career at a young age, working with construction companies, operating cranes and heavy equipment. He assisted in the building of the swinging bridge on Grandfather Mtn and with building bridges in SC, Morehead City and Beaufort, NC. He also operated a crane in the phosphate mines in Aurora, NC with his brother, Randle. He eventually started his own business, Pierce Construction Co., in 1972 and worked as long as he could. He also established a mobile home park in the Southwest area. Jolly always stressed the importance of hard work and serving God to his three daughters. Even though Jolly was a big man, he had a very tender heart and was always willing to help others. Family and friends would often seek Jolly's advice and guidance. Jolly was a member of The Covenant Presbyterian Church and served as Deacon, Elder and Trustee for many years. He was also a member of the Lafayette Masonic Lodge. One of Jolly's favorite pastimes was gardening. He always planted a big garden and graciously shared with others. Jolly loved being out on the New River where he enjoyed shrimping and fishing with his daughters, son-n-laws and friends. He also enjoyed deer and rabbit hunting with his grandsons. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at Jones Funeral Home in Jacksonville with Reverend Ed Fleagle officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 1:45 am, prior to the service on Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service at Onslow Memorial Park, Jacksonville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Covenant ARP Church, 106 Plantation Blvd, Jacksonville, NC 28540 or a donation to the Alzheimer's Association @ www.alz.org. Electronic condolences may be left at jonesfh.org and jdnews.com.
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